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League of European Research Universities

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Formation  2002
Headquarters  Leuven, Belgium
Secretary-General  Prof. Kurt Deketelaere
Type  Education and research
Region served  Europe
League of European Research Universities

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a consortium of European research universities.


History and overview

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is an association of research-intensive universities. Founded in 2002, as a partnership among twelve multi-faculty research universities, in 2016 it expanded its membership to twenty-three. The purpose of the League is to influence policy in Europe and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience. LERU regularly publishes a variety of papers and reports which make high-level policy statements, provide analyses and make recommendations for policymakers, universities, researchers and other stakeholders.

LERU is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. Prof. dr. Kurt Deketelaere is the current Secretary-General. Trinity College Dublin and the University of Copenhagen will join the alliance on 1 January 2017.


The 23 member universities as of 2016 are:


  • KU Leuven
  •  Finland

  • University of Helsinki
  •  France

  • Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University
  • University of Paris-Sud
  • University of Strasbourg
  •  Germany

  • University of Freiburg
  • Heidelberg University
  • University of Munich
  •  Ireland

  • Trinity College Dublin
  •  Italy

  • University of Milan
  •  Netherlands

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Leiden University
  • Utrecht University
  •  Spain

  • University of Barcelona
  •  Sweden

  • Lund University
  •   Switzerland

  • University of Geneva
  • University of Zurich
  •  United Kingdom

  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Oxford
  • Former members


  • Karolinska Institutet
  • References

    League of European Research Universities Wikipedia