League of European Research Universities
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is an association of
twenty-one leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.
Founded in 2002, LERU advocates education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding; the creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society; and the promotion of research across a broad front in partnership with industry and society at large.
The purpose of the League is to advocate these values, to influence policy in Europe and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience. LERU regularly publishes a variety of papers and reports which make high-level policy statements, provide in-depth analyses and make concrete recommendations for policymakers, universities, researchers and other stakeholders.
2002 - 2012
In 2012, LERU celebrated its 10th anniversary. To commemorate this event, LERU organised a conference on the present and future role of research universities in Europe, in particular in view of the EU research and innovation policy of the next years and decades. The conference took place in Barcelona on 9 & 10 May 2012. Visit www.10yearsleru.org for more information.
The LERU universities are:
- University of Amsterdam
- Universitat de Barcelona
- University of Cambridge
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Freiburg
- Université de Genève
- Universität Heidelberg
- University of Helsinki
- Universiteit Leiden
- KU Leuven
- Imperial College London
- University College London
- Lund University
- University of Milan
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- University of Oxford
- Pierre & Marie Curie University
- Université Paris-Sud
- University of Strasbourg
- Utrecht University
- University of Zurich
UCL President & Provost knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours
14 June 2013
Professor Malcolm Grant, President & Provost of UCL, has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours for 2013 for services to higher education.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: recommendations for Horizon 2020
13 June 2013
LERU considers the programme an excellent and indispensable component of Horizon 2020 and is happy to offer a number of suggestions on how the different parts of the current Marie Curie Actions can be optimised, taking into account what is already known about the programme’s features in Horizon 2020.
Jukka Kola elected as Rector of the University of Helsinki
12 June 2013
Today, 12 June, the Board of the University of Helsinki elected Vice-Rector Jukka Kola as the new rector. His five-year term as rector will begin in August 1, 2013.
Open letter from LERU regarding the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
12 June 2013
Today LERU releases an open letter about IMI - the Innovative Medicines Initiative. The letter explains why the current financial and IP rules of IMI 2 discourage academic partners from participating in the scheme. We call for a more balanced approach to rights and obligations among all collaborating partners and for rules that are largely consistent with Horizon 2020.
21 June 2013
LERU's Gender Working Group will be meeting on 21 June 2013 in Leuven.
Meeting Law Deans
25 June 2013
The launch of this new working group will take place at the Faculty of Law in Leuven (http://law.kuleuven.be/faculty) on 25 & 26 June 2013.
08 July 2013
The fourth LERU Doctoral Summer School will be hosted by the Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris from 8 till 12 July 2013.
LERU Bright Conference 2013
12 August 2013
The Universities of Freiburg and Strasbourg are honored to invite students for the LERU BRIGHT Conference 2013, which will take place from 12 August till 16 August 2013.
Meeting of the Doctoral Studies Community
06 September 2013
LERU's Doctoral Studies Community will meet in Edinburgh on 6 September 2013.