Tokyo Institute of Technology

Tokyo Institute of Technology,(東京工業大学 Tōkyō Kōgyō Daigaku) often called Tokyo Tech, TiTech or Tokodai (東工大 Tōkōdai) for short, is the largest institution of higher learning in Japan dedicated to science and technology.

About the Symbol:
The white portion represents the Japanese character '', which is the first character of 'Engineering () '. The black figure represents the Japanese character '', which is the first character of 'University () '. This figure also symbolizes a swallow, which has long been esteemed as a bird of luck in Japan.

TiTech was founded in 1881 in Tokyo as the Tokyo Vocational School. In 1929, it was elevated to the status of national university, and has since April 2004 been incorporated (i.e. semi-privatized) under a new law which applies to all national universities.

The institute has three campuses, the Ookayama campus in Ookayama, Meguro being the main campus. The other two campuses are the Tamachi campus, located in Shibaura, Minato and the Suzukakedai campus, located in Nagatsuta-cho, Midori, Yokohama.

The university is a member of LAOTSE, an international network of leading universities in Europe and Asia exchanging students and senior scholars.

Tokyo Institute of Technology offers:

Undergraduate schools

School of Science
School of Engineering
School of Bioscience and Biotechnology

Graduate schools

Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology
Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering
Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology
Graduate School of Innovation Management

Research laboratories

Chemical Resources Laboratory
Precision and Intelligence Laboratory
Materials and Structures Laboratory
Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors

Tokyo Institute of Technology ranked 90th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Tokyo Institute of Technology ranked 61st in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Tokyo Institute of Technology ranked 55th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

Tokyo Institute of Technology ranked 60th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Tokyo Institute of Technology ranked 57th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking


Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant university located in State College, Pennsylvania, USA. The University has 24 campuses throughout the state of Pennsylvania, including a virtual World Campus. The enrollment at the Penn State University Park campus is 42,914 with a total enrollment of over 84,000 across its 24 campuses, placing it among the ten largest public universities in the United States. Penn State offers more than 160 majors and administers a $1.4 billion (USD) endowment.

Brief History

From agricultural college to world-class learning community -- the story of The Pennsylvania State University is one of an expanding mission of teaching, research, and public service. But that mission was not so grandly conceived in 1855, when the Commonwealth chartered the school at the request of the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society. The goal was to apply scientific principles to farming, a radical departure from the traditional curriculum grounded in mathematics, rhetoric, and classical languages.

In 1863 the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania became the Commonwealth’s sole land-grant institution. But Pugh died the following year, and the concept of land-grant education was so novel that over the next twenty years, his successors failed to define it. As the curriculum drifted between the purely agricultural and the classical, public confidence fell; only 64 undergraduates were enrolled in 1875.

Although research -- the third element of Penn State’s tripartite mission -- developed more slowly, Penn State by 1950 had won distinction for investigations in dairy science, building insulation, diesel engines, and other specialized fields. To show that the institution had come of age, President Milton Eisenhower changed its name in 1953 to The Pennsylvania State University and established a campus post office designated University Park.

Research thrived under Eisenhower’s successor, engineer and scientist Dr. Eric Walker, who headed Penn State from 1956 to 1970. "Space race," "brain drain," and other catch phrases reflected intense national concern for education, and public funds were plentiful. The physical plant tripled in value, and hundreds of acres of farm and forest land were added to give the central campus room to grow (land now occupied, for example, by the Blue Golf Course, the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, and the Russell Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs.) Total enrollment at all locations climbed from 14,000 to 40,000 during the Walker years. The Hershey Medical Center -- a college of medicine and teaching hospital -- was established in 1967 with a $50 million gift from the charitable trusts of chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey.

Penn State has continued to respond to Pennsylvania’s changing economic and social needs. In 1989 the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport became an affiliate of the University. In 1997, Penn State and the Dickinson School of Law joined ranks. And Penn State’s new World Campus, which "graduated" its first students in 2000, uses the Internet and other new technologies to offer instruction on an "anywhere, anytime" basis.

To help meet the increasing demands placed on it, Penn State has looked to philanthropy for additional resources. President Bryce Jordan in 1984 launched a six-year effort that raised $352 million in private gifts to the University. This initiative enabled Penn State to attract world-class teachers and researchers, and assist thousands of financially needy and academically talented students. The Grand Destiny campaign (1996-2003) raised $1.37 billion, further strengthening academic programs and broadening the University's service to the Commonwealth and beyond.

The University Park campus is organized into 13 distinct "colleges":

College of Agricultural Sciences
College of Arts and Architecture
Smeal College of Business
College of Communications
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
College of Education
College of Engineering College of Health and Human Development
College of Information Sciences and Technology
College of the Liberal Arts
Eberly College of Science
Graduate School
Schreyer Honors College

In addition, the Penn State Board of Trustees voted in January to create a School of International Affairs, with the first classes to be admitted for the fall 2008 semester.The school will be part of the Dickinson School of Law at its University Park campus location.


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Pennsylvania State University ranked 90th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Pennsylvania State University ranked 105th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Pennsylvania State University ranked 120th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

Pennsylvania State University ranked 98th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Pennsylvania State University ranked 94th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking


Utrecht University

Located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is firmly founded on tradition. Utrecht University, which celebrates its 370th anniversary, has developed into one of Europe's largest and most prominent institutes of research and education. Utrecht University offers the broadest spectrum of disciplines available in the Netherlands, innovative research and liaises with universities and research centres all over the world. At Utrecht University, in both teaching and research, quality is always the key..

Utrecht University is linked to the names of many prominent academics among whom Buys Ballot, Donders, Rudolf Magnus, Van Unnik and Freudenthal. The list also includes Nobel Prize Winners such as Gerard 't Hooft from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy.


Utrecht played an important role in the founding of the Netherlands. In 1579 the ‘Unie van Utrecht’ (Union of Utrecht) was signed. The Union, a cooperation agreement between different states and cities, is generally seen as the beginning of the Netherlands.

In the centuries that followed, territories joined (for instance Limburg) and seceded (for instance parts of Belgium). Many wars were fought, often with a religious motive. International trade became important, especially in what is known as the Golden Age (1600-1700), which was a period of great wealth and notable achievements in arts and sciences.

In the last century the two World Wars defined the lives of many Dutch people. In World War I (1914-1918) the Netherlands remained neutral but in World War II (1940-1945) it was occupied by Nazi Germany.

After the Second World War, the Dutch started rebuilding their nation. In 1953 dikes in the south- west of the Netherlands broke and the entire area was flooded. As a result, the Dutch started improving their water works in the area, thereby further increasing their expertise in the field of water management.

To further international cooperation the Netherlands joined NATO and the European Union. The Netherlands also plays an important role in development organisations and international law.

Key figures

29,000 students, of which 2,000 international students
222 academic programmes: 49 Bachelor’s programmes,* 198 Master’s programmes,* and 18
teacher-training programmes
8,610 members of staff (Medicine included)
640 professors and 275 professors by special appointment
440 PhDs granted
7,330 Academic publications
€ 710m budget
57 research schools in which UU participates
26 research schools of which UU is the coordinating university
7 faculties

(*) including medicine and veterinary medicine

Each year Utrecht University confers several honorary doctorates.
Several alumni of Utrecht University are Nobel Prize Winners.
Utrecht University created the High Potential Programme, an incentive scheme for highly promising young researchers.

Utrecht University ranked 89th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Utrecht University ranked 67th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Utrecht University ranked 70th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

Utrecht University ranked 83rd in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Utrecht University ranked 80th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking


Queen's University

Queen's University, generally referred to simply as Queen's, is a coeducational, non-sectarian public university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In 2007, Queen's was ranked among the top 100 universities internationally by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), while maintaining its status as the second-ranked university in Canada by the Maclean's University Rankings of the Medical-Doctoral category. The institution was founded on October 16, 1841, pre-dating the founding of Canada by 26 years.

The first classes were held March 7, 1842 with 13 students and 2 professors.Queen's was the first degree-granting institution in the United Province of Canada and the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government.Its founders modelled their nascent college after the University of Edinburgh for the Scottish university's tradition of academic freedom, authority, and moral responsibility. Beyond the Kingston campus, the university has an International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England, formerly the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, spirit and diversity. Consistently highly-ranked, Queen's is known for its incomparable 24-hour learning environment. Great teaching, great students, community and tradition - these are the hallmarks of the Queen's experience.


The University was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841 - twenty-six years before Canadian confederation. Classes were first held in 1842. The earliest degree-granting institution in the united Province of Canada, and the first to establish a student government, Queen's has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies, educating many of the country's most notable political and cultural figures.
Students & Faculty

Queen's student body represents 98 different countries, along with every Canadian province and territory. Our faculty is drawn from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, and Queen's faculty members regularly receive international recognition and numerous teaching awards for their research and innovative contributions.

Graduates of Queen's become part of a living, legendary tradition that spans the globe and 166 years. Queen's graduates can be found in boardrooms, courtrooms, hospitals, art galleries, laboratories, libraries, and governments around the world.
Community & Kingston

Queen's University is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a quintessential university community big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, but small enough for students, staff and faculty to feel instantly comfortable and at home. For more than a century-and-a-half, the stories of Queen's and Kingston have been inextricably entwined.

As a public institution, Queen's is committed to an operating model of transparency and accountability. For more information on institutional planning and accountability, please visit the Office of Institutional Research and Planning.

Queen's today has 18 faculties and schools, listed below:

The Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science that, in addition to offering a wide variety of social sciences, humanities, natural and physical sciences, languages, and fine arts, hosts the following schools:

  • The Queen's School of Music
  • The Queen's School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • The Queen's School of Computing
  • The Queen's School of Environmental Studies
  • The Queen's School of English
  • The Faculty of Applied Science
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences which is divided into:
  • The Queen's School of Medicine
  • The Queen's School of Nursing
  • The Queen's School of Rehabilitation Therapy
  • The Faculty of Law
  • The Faculty of Education

  • Queen's features three schools that are, in effect, full faculties through their relative autonomy:
  • Queen's School of Business
  • Queen's School of Graduate Studies and Research, which includes the School of Policy Studies and the School of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Queen's Theological College (affiliate)

Queen's University canada ranked 88th in the 2007 THES QS World University Ranking

Queen's University canada ranked 117th in the 2008 THES QS World University Ranking

Queen's University canada ranked 118th in the 2009 THES QS World University Ranking

Queen's University canada ranked 132nd in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Queen's University canada ranked 144th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking


University of Vienna

The University of Vienna (German: Universität Wien) is a public university located in Vienna, Austria. Having opened in 1365, it is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It offers more than 130 courses of study, and is attended by more than 63,000 students. Its unofficial name among many Austrians is Hauptuni (English: "Main Uni").Since 1365 it has grown to a complex organisation of more than 60,000 students and 6,000 employees.

The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365. It is the oldest university in the German-speaking cultural area and one of the largest in Central Europe.

Currently, about 72,000 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna, in more than 130 courses, of which 34 are Diploma Programmes, 26 Bachelor Programmes, 46 Master Programmes, and 24 Teacher training Programmes.
With close to 8,300 employees, 6,200 of which are scientists and academics, the University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria.

Brief History
The University was founded on March 12, 1365 by Duke Rudolph IV and his brothers Albert III and Leopold III, hence the additional name "Alma Mater Rudolphina". After the Charles University in Prague and Jagellonian University in Krakow, the University of Vienna is the third oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world. (The first with official German language was Charles University in Prague, the oldest in the Holy Roman Empire).

In 1365, Rudolph IV sanctioned a deed of foundation for a doctoral-level university in Vienna, modelled on the University of Paris. However, Pope Urban V did not ratify the deed, specifically in relation to the department of theology, presumably due to pressure exerted by Emperor Charles IV who wished to avoid competition for Prague University. Approval was finally received from the Pope in 1384 and Vienna University was granted the status of a full university (including the theology department). The first university building opened in 1385.

Women were admitted as full students from 1897, although their studies were limited to philosophy. The remaining departments gradually followed suit, although with considerable delay: medicine in 1900, law in 1919, Protestant theology in 1923, and finally Catholic theology in 1946. Eight years after the admission of the first female students, Elise Richter became the first woman to receive habilitation, becoming professor of Romance Languages in 1905; she was also the first female distinguished professor. The first female chair of the university was not awarded until after the Second World War, to physicist Berta Karlik.

The organisational structure of the University of Vienna:

The University of Vienna is divided into 15 faculties, 2 centres and a number of administrative institutions and services.

The departments and institutions of the University of Vienna are situated in over 60 sites across the city of Vienna.

Faculty of Catholic Theology
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economic Science
Faculty of Computer Science
Faculty of Historic and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Philology and Cultural Studies
Facutly of Philosophy and Education Science
Faculty of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Mathematics
Faculty of Physics
Faculty of Chemistry
Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy
Faculty of Life Sciences

Center for Translation Studies
Center for Sports Science and University Sports

The University of Vienna was placed 65th in the The Times Higher Education Supplement University World Ranking in 2005,rising from 94th place in 2004. Amongst European universities, the University of Vienna was ranked 19th in 2005, up from 31st in 2004. The University is also ranked 40th in the world in the field of biomedicine, and 42nd in the field of social sciences. These world rankings make the University the most highly ranked in Austria.

University of Vienna ranked 85th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking
University of Vienna ranked 115th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking
University of Vienna ranked 132nd in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking
University of Vienna ranked 143th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking
University of Vienna ranked 155th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking


Fudan University

Fudan University located in Shanghai, China, is one of the oldest, most prestigious and most selective universities in the People's Republic of China. Its institutional predecessor was founded in 1905, shortly before the end of China's imperial Qing dynasty. It is a comprehensive university highly ranked in physical and social sciences.


Initially known as Fudan Public School or Fudan College in 1905. The two Chinese characters Fudan (復旦) were chosen by the distinguished educator in modern Chinese history, Father Ma Xiangbo S.J. (马相伯), from the Confucian Classics.

In 1911 during the Xinhai Revolution the college was taken up as the headquarters of the Guangfu Army and closed down for almost one year. In 1917, Fudan Public School became a private university named the Private Fudan University.

When the Second Sino-Japanese War started in 1937, Fudan moved with the Kuomintang to the inland city of Chongqing. On December 25, 1941, the First Meeting of Fifth Conference of the Highest Executive Authority of the National Government of the Republic of China voted to change Fudan University (Chongqing) to a public university with Wu Nanxuan as its president.

After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Fudan lost its "National" appellation and became Fudan University to reflect the fact that all universities under the new socialist state would be public. Fudan was the first university to be adjusted by the new government in 1952 and modelled on Soviet education.

In the 1970s, after the Cultural Revolution, the university was changed to a modern, comprehensive-style university.

Fudan University and Shanghai Medical University were merged on April 27, 2000.

Fudan Today

Fudan University comprises 17 full-time schools, 69 departments, 73 bachelor's degree programs, 22 disciplines and 134 sub-disciplines authorized to confer Ph. D. degrees, 201 master degree programs, 6 professional degree programs, 7 Key Social Science Research Centers of Ministry of Education P.R.C, 9 National Basic Science Research and Training Institutes and 25 post-doctoral research stations.

It has 40 national key disciplines granted by the Ministry of Education P.R.C, nationally third. At present, it compasses 77 research institutes, 112 cross-disciplinary research institutes and 5 national key laboratories.

Currently, Fudan University enrolls over 45,000, including full-time students and students in Continuing Education and Online Education. Additionally, there are nearly 1,760 students from overseas; second nationally.

Fudan University has a high-level research faculty of over 2,400 full-time teachers and researchers, including 1,350 professors and associate professors, 30 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, nearly 660 doctoral supervisors, 26 Special professors and 2 lecture professors of "Cheungkong Scholars Program", 3 distinguished professors and 10 special professors of Fudan University, 6 principal scientists of Project 973 and 25 “Young Experts with Prominent Contributions to the Country”.

Also, Fudan University has eight teaching hospitals, such as Zhongshan Hospital and Huashan Hospital, integrating medical service, medicine education and research. These hospitals own advanced mechanisms and sophisticated skills, over 900 staff with advanced and associate advanced position, creating a good condition for medicine education.

Fudan is a member of Universitas 21, an international consortium of research-driven universities, and is considered as one of the top 5 universities in China.

Fudan University ranked 85th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Fudan University ranked 113rd in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Fudan University ranked 103rd in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

Fudan University ranked 105th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Fudan University ranked 91st in the 2011 QS World University Ranking

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is a private research university located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, with some residence halls on the south end of campus located in Cleveland Heights. It was formed in 1967 by the federation of Case Institute of Technology (founded in 1880 by philanthropist Leonard Case Jr.) and Western Reserve University (founded in 1826 as the Western Reserve College in the area that was once the Connecticut Western Reserve). The university offers programs of study in Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Sciences.

The university in its present form consists of ten schools:
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • Case School of Engineering
  • School of Law
  • Weatherhead School of Management
  • School of Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies

The university is approximately five miles (8 km) east of downtown Cleveland in University Circle, a 550 acre (220 ha) area containing numerous educational, medical, and cultural institutions. Case has a number of programs taught in conjunction with nearby institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Western Reserve Historical Society, and the Cleveland Play House.
Haydn Hall on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio

There are two main transportation options for students: For on- and near-campus transportation, Case Western Reserve University has a fleet of shuttle buses known as "Greenies"; for longer trips, students may use the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus and rail system. Each undergraduate student receives an unlimited RTA pass, which is paid for via a mandatory $25 fee per semester.

Case Western Reserve University does not manage its parking lots, requiring students, faculty, and staff to purchase permits from University Circle Incorporated. The rates vary between approximately $30 and $80 per month, with multi-year waiting lists on the most popular lots.

The university owns parking garages, one by the Village at 115th and the other near the Veale Athletic Center. Permits for these two lots are purchased from Case Western Reserve University, and cost about $500 per semester.


Case Western Reserve University's endowment ranks at #30 among all U.S. colleges and universities. The university comes in at #18 for largest endowment growth over the past 20 years, experiencing an increase of 393% in that time. (See: List of U.S. colleges and universities by endowment). However, the university finished the 2007 fiscal year with a $20 million operating deficit.

According to U.S. News & World Report's 2008 rankings, Case's undergraduate program is ranked #1 in Ohio and #41 among national universities. It is most highly regarded for its medical school (currently ranked #21 and #28 for research and primary care, respectively, in US News rankings) and Biomedical Engineering department, which ranks at #7 among undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineering programs.

In 2006, The Times ranked Case 26th in the US and 60th worldwide.

Among national universities, the 2006 US News rankings placed the Weatherhead School of Management undergraduate program at #29 with the Case School of Engineering undergraduate school taking the #39 spot. In 2004, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences was ranked #11. When last ranked in 2006, the graduate program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing came in at #5. In the 2008 rankings, Case was listed at #22 for Best Value institutions, which are defined as colleges which offer a quality education for a low cost when taking into account scholarships and financial aid awards.

A release of medical school rankings from the National Institutes of Health shows that Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its affiliates has attained an overall institutional ranking of 12th among the nation’s 122 medical schools.

The National Science Foundation has ranked Research and Development Expenditures for Case at #34 among all US colleges and universities.[8] Furthermore, Case ranks at #32 for Federal Obligations to support Science and Engineering Growth and Development.

The Advocate ranked Case Western Reserve University one of the top 100 LGBT-friendly universities, evidence of the University's improvements in diversity standards over the past decade and welcoming more LGBT students and families into the community.

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Case Western Reserve University Ranked 85th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Case Western Reserve University Ranked 90th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Case Western Reserve University Ranked 119th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

Case Western Reserve University Ranked 127th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Case Western Reserve University Ranked 145th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking


Leiden University


Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden who had withstood a long siege by the Spaniards.

University Motto: Praesidium Libertatis
It was the first university in the Netherlands where freedom of belief and religion was practised, as reflected by the university’s motto, Praesidium Libertatis, Bastion of Liberty. It was in this atmosphere of freedom of speech that philosophers like Spinoza and Descartes were able to develop their ideas.

Several great scholars and scientists have brought fame to Leiden University. For example, the illustrious Dutch professor of medicine, botany and chemistry, Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738), who was the first in Europe to emphasise the importance of the natural sciences for the study of medicine. More recently, the Spinoza Award, the most prestigious Dutch academic award, granted by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), has been presented to professors from Leiden University 9 out of 36 times.

Leiden University anno 2005
In Leiden there are approximately 17,000 students and 4,000 staff members. The University consists of nine faculties, a School of Management and a School of Education. The University houses faculties of Archaeology, Arts, Creative
and Performing Arts, Law, LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center), Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Theology.

The faculties offer a varied range of bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programmes. In addition, three other units offer post-academic training: the Institute for Environmental Sciences (CML), the School of Education (ICLON) and Campus The Hague. The latter specialises in post-academic training in the field of law and political science for those working in the public sector, the legal sector or the corporate world.

Guiding Principles
The three guiding principles of the University are:
an international orientation;
the research-intensive character of the University; and
maintaining the quality of education and research.

Focusing on Talent
Central to these principles is the issue of talent. In the coming years, the University intends to make major contributions to society in the areas of prosperity, well-being and culture. Talent is indispensable to the realisation of that ambition. To this end, the University is committed to both recruiting and developing talent. This will involve secondary school pupils, university students, and young researchers and academics.

Collaboration with other Research Universities
Accordingly, Leiden University is aiming for an internationally recognised position as a top-ranking research-intensive university within the European Higher Education and Research Areas. Leiden University already has a top position in a great many fields, including natural sciences, life sciences (the so-called Red Biotech), medicine, arts, social and behavioural sciences, international law, astronomy and non-Western languages.

With this aim of promoting fundamental research, Leiden University entered into an alliance with eleven other leading universities in Europe to form the League of European Research Universities (LERU). These universities are: Cambridge, Edinburgh, Geneva, Heidelberg, Helsinki, Karolinska Institutet, Leuven, Milan, Munich, Oxford and Strasbourg. The League has acquired six new members as of 1st January 2006. These new members are: Amsterdam University, Lund University (Sweden), University College London, University Paris-Sud 11, Utrecht University and Zurich University (Switzerland). Leiden University is one of the founders of LERU.

In addition, Leiden University has reached agreements with numerous universities worldwide for the purpose of facilitating cooperation and the exchange of students and staff.

The University positions its degree programmes in an international context and guarantees their quality and level in accordance with internationally accepted norms. Graduates are fully equipped to embark on both master’s and PhD degree programmes abroad.

Leiden University has nine faculties which are made up of several departments. Together they offer about 50 bachelor's programmes and almost 100 master's programmes.
  • Archaeology
  • Arts
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Law
  • Medicine / Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences

Leiden University ranked 84th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Leiden University ranked 64th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Leiden University ranked 60th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

Leiden University ranked 82nd in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

Leiden University ranked 88th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It dates from 1451 when King James II of Scotland persuaded Pope Nicholas V to grant a lead seal, or bull, authorising Bishop William Turnbull of Glasgow to set up a university.


For its first nine years, the fledgling university was based at Glasgow Cathedral. In 1460, the University moved to High Street, where, over the next 400 years, it continued to expand both in its scope and size. It was a centre of the both the industrial revolution and the Scottish Enlightenment.

As it grew however, the University was restricted by the encroaching overcrowding and squalor of the city and the expanding factories and railways, fruits of the industrial expansion it had helped to shape. As a result, in 1870, it moved to its current familiar west end location at Gilmorehill, then a greenfield site enclosed by a large loop of the River Kelvin.

As part of the move, Pearce Lodge and the Lion and Unicorn Staircase were moved stone by stone from the old site to the new and both can still be seen today. Meanwhile, the rest of the campus at Gilmorehill was centred on a neo-Gothic main building designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott; his son John Oldrid Scott, added the spire. From that time on, the University has stood as a landmark across the city, with its distinctive profile silhouetted against the skyline.


Today, the University of Glasgow is one of the top 100 universities in the world with an international reputation for its research and teaching and an important role in the cultural and commercial life of the country.

It is one of the UK's largest universities with almost 16,000 undergraduate and 4000 postgraduate students. With over 5000 staff and an annual turnover of £290M University of Glasgow not only becomes a major employer in the city but also make a substantial contribution to the local economy.

Although firmly rooted in the west of Scotland, the University of Glasgow is nevertheless an international institution, attracting students from 80 countries and sending large numbers of students on study periods abroad.

Today the research projects are typically international, with academics from every continent working in Glasgow, while the University's own staff make valued contributions to collaborative work with some 200 institutions around the world.

Facts and figures

  • We are one of the top 100 universities in the world (Times Higher World University Rankings 2006).
  • Our teaching quality has been independently rated as among the top ten in the UK and our medical and veterinary schools are consistently rated amongst the best in the UK.
  • We are a major research powerhouse, with our annual research contract income in the top ten of UK universities.
  • Our library is one of the best academic libraries in Europe with over two million books on 12 floors.
  • In the last five years, we have invested £152M in facilities and have appointed over 400 new academic staff, including 68 professors, in our leading academic areas. We plan to invest £300M in the next three years.
  • Established in 1451, we are the fourth oldest university in the UK. Our alumni include Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith as well as, more recently, authors Christopher Brookmyre and William Boyd, actor Gerard Butler and round-the-world yachtswoman Emma Richards.
  • In the most recent independent survey of research quality (RAE 2001), 23 subject areas received the highest quality rating of 5.
  • We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of major research-led universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.
  • We are located in one of the world’s most exciting cities, named as one of the world’s top ten ‘must-see’ destinations by Frommer’s Guides 2006.
  • And, according to yell.com, we have the best student social life in Scotland.

University of Glasgow ranked 83rd in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

University of Glasgow ranked 73rd in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

University of Glasgow ranked 79th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

University of Glasgow ranked 77th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

University of Glasgow ranked 59th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruits is sweet ~ Aristotle

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ~ Nelson Mandela

Education is not a preparation for life, Education is life itself ~ John Dewey
William Butler Yeats: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.