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Introduction day

Perhaps you already know that the university has 7 faculties, about 4,000 staff members and more than 20,000 students. But do you also know where the motto ‘Praesidium Libertatis’ comes from? Or what the Sweat Room is and where it is located? Do you know what current issues the university is occupied with? The introduction day for new employees is your opportunity to really get to know the

Introduction day for new employees

You can sign up for the introduction day via Self Service. The presentations are given in English. If this is difficult for you, please indicate this when you sign up, and we will find a solution.

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The Executive Board considers it important not only that you become familiar with your new workplace, but that you also learn about the ambitions and traditions of the oldest university in the Netherlands. This is why an introduction day is organised each year for new employees. The following topics are on the programme for this event:

  • university history
  • current direction and future developments
  • a speed date with your new colleagues
  • a guided tour along the university’s most beautiful buildings

Date and time

  • 19 February 2018
  • 14 May 2018
  • 27 September 2018
  • 3 December 2018

The day starts at 9:30 hrs and ends at 13:30 hrs. 

Staff experiences

Many of your new colleagues have attended the introduction day in the past. Here are just a few of their experiences:

“Excellent. The narrative way in which things were presented took me on a journey through time and provided a good overview. The importance of the (centuries-old) traditions became even clearer to me.”

“Interesting, even for someone like me who has been living in Leiden for 15 years.”

“A complete, quick introduction to Leiden’s past and how Leiden got a university, keeping the legends alive, without neglecting the historical truth.”

“I liked the way three questions were used to meet some new colleagues who you might otherwise never have spoken with.”

“I really enjoyed it. The walk could certainly have gone on a bit longer. Leiden’s city centre, with all of the university buildings, is full of interesting facts.”

“The programme was wonderfully organised and facilitated.”