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European research policy

Advancing the Social Sciences and Humanities

München, 11/25/2014

Mankind is confronted with complex problems such as economic fragility, religious extremism or an ageing population. Solving these, and many other problems cannot be done without Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). That is why the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and some of the world’s leading research university associations gathered in Leiden last Friday, to discuss and stress the importance of SSH research in a globalized world and to sign the ‚Leiden statement‘. With this statement the research-intensive university networks want to restate and champion the fundamental role that SSH play in our global community and call for an expanded role for the SSH in tackling problems through interdisciplinary research.

The League of European Research Universities (LERU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU), the Group of Eight Australia, the RU11 Japan, the Russell Group (UK), and the U15 (Canada) committed themselves to working together to advance the characteristics described in the ‘Leiden Statement’. The signatories committed themselves to:

  • Ensure that SSH disciplines continue to receive effective support within their institutions
  • Highlight the contributions of these disciplines to national and global wellbeing;
  • Ensure that SSH research and education programs flow without unnecessary constraint to the wider community;
  • Promote strong funding and support for SSH research;
  • Advance global research collaborations, including interdisciplinary approaches.

About LERU
The League of European Research Universities (LERU), of which LMU Munich is a founding member, is an association of 21 leading, research-intensive European universities. Its aim is to contribute to the shaping of higher education and research policies in the EU, and to ensure that European universities are provided with an environment that optimally nurtures excellence in teaching and research.

For more information, please see: Leiden Statement: The role of the Social Sciences and Humanities in the global research landscape