According to its mission statement
, the League of European Research Universities
) is "a group of European
committed to the values of high quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research."
History and overview
Founded in 2002
, as a partnership among 12 of Europe's top research universities, in 2006
it expanded its membership to include 8 new universities. It is headquartered in Leuven
. The 20 member universities as of 2006
Eight of the LERU member universities are collaboratively responsible for the "e-LERU virtual campus", which was funded by the European Commission
as part of its "eLearning programme". This allows students to study and acquire credit for online courses called "e-modules". The e-LERU site also hosts video lectures by scientists, in what is known as its "Top Science" programme.
- These universities also belong to the Coimbra Group, a (larger) alliance of European universities.
- These universities also belong to Europaeum, another European university network.
- These universities also belong to the Utrecht Network, another European university network.
- These universities joined the League as new members on January 17, 2006.