Leiden University aims to strengthen its international position as a European research university. To realise this ambition and to further improve research, it is important to evaluate the quality of research on a regular basis.
It is essential that all universities adhere to the principle of integrity in academic practice. Academic research must enjoy the full trust of other researchers and of society.
Leiden University research is divided on the faculty level among Graduate Schools and a number of research institutes.
The Department of Academic Affairs (Academische Zaken, AZ), a component of the Administration and Central Services, is responsible for devising strategy and advising the Executive Board on policy with respect to such broad issues as teaching, research, internationalisation, collaboration and legislation.