During the event of the signing ceremony of the "Leiden Statement on Characteristics of SSH research" on Friday the 21st of November 2014, at Leiden University,
in the presence of
Dr. Jet Bussemaker, Dutch minister for Education, Culture and Science
Mr. Axel Buyse, General Representative for the Government of Flanders in the Netherlands
Prof. Daniel Woolf, Principal of Queen's University (Canada)
and in the presence of representatives of the
Association of American Universities (US), the Association of East Asian Research Universities, the League of European Research Universities, the Group of Eight (Australia), the Research Universities 11 (Japan), the Russell Group (UK), Canadian U15 (Canada)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, representative of general assembly, and Denise Feldner, general manager, of German U15, the association of 15 research universities in Germany,
announced that U15 signed up to the Hefei statement with other global universities and groups of research-intensive universities.
Furthermore, U15 has joined the Leiden Statement on Characteristics of SSH research.