Signing onto Hefei Statement on the ten characteristics of contemporary research universities and Leiden Statement on characteristics of SSH research

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,

the Netherlands,

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.

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The Hefei Statement outlines ten characteristics of research universities, including the excellence, breadth and volume of their research outputs, as well as the way in which a research culture permeates all of their activities, from teaching and learning to their engagement with business, government and the broader community.


The Leiden Declaration affirmes the important role of the social sciences and humanities in the global research landscape. The statement signals that in the world's leading research universities there is growing concern over the perceived marginalization and undervaluing of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.


Further signatories to the Hefei Statement and Leiden statement include


  • the Association of American Universities (AAU)
    An exclusive association of 62 top public and private research universities in the United States and Canada, founded in 1900 with headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • the Association of East Asia Research Universities (AEARU)
    The Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) is a regional organization (mainland China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong), founded in January 1996.
  • the C9 League in China (C9)
    An association established in 2009 as China’s equivalent to the US Ivy League, following the Chinese government’s decision to select nine universities for additional funding for an initial period of three years.
  • the Group of Eight in Australia (GO8)
    A coalition of eight research-intensive universities that was established in 1994 as an informal network of vice-chancellors and was then formally incorporated in 1999, with headquarters located in Canberra.
  • the League of European Research Universities (LERU)
    An association of 21 leading research-intensive universities founded in 2002, headquartered in Leuven/Belgium.
  • Research Universities 11 (RU11) in Japan
    RU 11 is a consortium established in 2009 consisting of 11 of the top research universities in Japan. It is managed by the member universities.
  • the Russell Group in Great Britain
    The group represents 24 leading UK research universities. Founded in 1994, it is headquartered in London.
  • the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities (Canadian U15)
    The group represents 80% of Canadian research universities, with headquarters in Ottawa.
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