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LERU expands

European research universities fortify position

Munich, 01/17/2006

The League of European Research Universities (LERU), which the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich co-founded, added six new universities to its rolls in January for a total of 18 members. The expansion will widen LERU’s impact on European research policy, stated LERU Secretary-General David Livesey.

The new members are the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Lunds Universitet, University College London, Université Paris-Sud 11, Universiteit Utrecht and Universität Zürich. In addition to LMU Munich, LERU’s founding members are the University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Université de Genève, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Helsinki yliopisto, Universiteit Leiden, K.U.Leuven, Università degli Studi di Milano, University of Oxford, Karolinska Institutet Stockholm and Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg.

LERU was founded in 2002 as a network for research-intensive European universities. The organization has placed a particular emphasis on European university education and research policy. “For LMU Munich, LERU represents the ideal instrument to present itself in the European research landscape,” said LMU Munich Rector Prof. Bernd Huber. Recently LERU has contributed to the discussion over the future direction of research in Europe by issuing position papers on the suggestion to create a European Research Council and a European Institute of Technology.

Universities become members of LERU by invitation. They are regularly reviewed according to comprehensive qualitative and quantitative criteria. Indicators include research volume, private and public endowments, and the demands of graduate training.

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