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Strategy and Academic Affairs Directorate


Strategy and Academic Affairs is responsible for strategy development and policy advice relating to teaching and research. It is the duty of SAZ to inform and advise the faculties.

What does Strategy and Academic Affairs do?

  • Prepares for decision-making and applications for new degree programmes
  • Translates legislation into educational practice
  • Develops policy to promote and support student success
  • Promotes the internationalisation of the teaching
  • Advises on developments in the research profiles
  • Supports accreditation processes
  • Supports research funding
  • Supports sustainability
  • Promotes diversity and inclusion
  • Develops PhD policy
  • Drafts the strategic plan
  • Develops policy on professors
  • Is responsible for the academic integrity policy

Position at the University

SAZ operates under Administration and Central Services


SAZ staff who are responsible for research can be found here and staff who are responsible for teaching can be found here.


Karin Horsman
+31 71 527 6848


Willy Waardenburg
+31 71 527 3146
Jolien Brakenhoff
+31 71 527 3213

Postal address

PO Box 9500
2300 RA Leiden

Visiting address

Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
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