3 League of European Research Universities

League of European Research Universities

According to its mission statement, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) is "a group of European research-intensive universities committed to the values of high quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research."

History and overview

Founded in 2002, as a partnership among 12 of Europe's top research universities, in 2006 it expanded its membership to include 8 new universities. It is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. The 20 member universities as of 2006 are:

* Catholic University of Leuven ref label|coimbra|1|a

* University of Helsinki ref label|europaeum|2|a ref label|Utrecht|4|a

* ref label|2006|3|a
* Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg ref label|Utrecht|4|c
* University of Paris-Sud ref label|2006|3|a

* Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg ref label|coimbra|1|b
* Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
* Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg ref label|2006|3|a

* University of Milan

* University of Amsterdam ref label|2006|3|b
* Leiden University ref label|coimbra|1|c,ref label|europaeum|2|b
* Utrecht University ref label|2006|3|c ref label|Utrecht|4|b

* Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
* Lund University ref label|2006|3|d

* University of Geneva ref label|coimbra|1|d
* University of Zurich ref label|2006|3|e

* University College London ref label|2006|3|f
* University of Cambridge ref label|coimbra|1|e
* University of Edinburgh ref label|coimbra|1|f
* University of Oxford ref label|coimbra|1|g,ref label|europaeum|2|c


Eight of the LERU member universities are collaboratively responsible for the "e-LERU virtual campus", which was funded by the European Commission as part of its "eLearning programme". This allows students to study and acquire credit for online courses called "e-modules". The e-LERU site also hosts video lectures by scientists, in what is known as its "Top Science" programme.

ee also

* IDEA League (a strategic alliance of five of Europe's leading technical research universities)
* International Research Universities Network

External links

* [http://www.leru.org/ LERU website]
* [http://eleru.leru.org/ e-LERU Virtual Campus]
* [http://bright-europe.se/ Bright Students’ Conference]


#note label|coimbra|1|bnote label|coimbra|1|cnote label|coimbra|1|dnote label|coimbra|1|enote label|coimbra|1|fnote label|coimbra|1|g These universities also belong to the Coimbra Group, a (larger) alliance of European universities.
#note label|europaeum|2|bnote label|europaeum|2|c These universities also belong to Europaeum, another European university network.
#note label|Utrecht|4|bnote label|Utrecht|4|c These universities also belong to the Utrecht Network, another European university network.
#note label|2006|3|bnote label|2006|3|cnote label|2006|3|dnote label|2006|3|enote label|2006|3|f These universities joined the League as new members on January 17, 2006.

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