Eight new multidisciplinary centres were set up in 2013 under the auspices of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus strategic alliance. These centres focus on key and complex social issues. The researchers not only work together but also cooperate with a wide spectrum of social and scientific partners. Here we highlight some of their activities.
Centre for Global Heritage and Development:
Culture Cannot Wait!
The recent earthquake in Nepal, but also the intentional destruction of heritage in Iraq and Syria, underline the importance of trained professionals in the field of cultural first aid. The First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) course aims to generate proactive cultural first-aiders, who will have the ability to protect cultural heritage within extreme conditions as well as work in tandem with other humanitarian actors amid an unfolding emergency. From 30 March till 24 April 2015 the four week course ‘First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis’ (FAC) was held in The Netherlands. The training was developed and organised by the Dutch National UNESCO Committee, the Smithsonian Institution and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and with the help of many partners in the Netherlands. The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development is proud to be one of these partners. It financed and co-developed a digital learning environment and registration of parts of the training.
The course aimed to equip participants with necessary skills and knowledge to provide timely response in emergency situations (such as natural disaster and armed conflicts). The training aimed to explore areas of joint programming between culture and humanitarian sectors to make certain that the effected communities participate in their own recovery. Developing cost effective strategies for risk reduction and disaster preparedness of cultural heritage formed a core component of the training. After the course participants shared their knowledge in their own country with local organizations, volunteers and are encouraged to put in place 'heritage rescue teams'.
Centre for Economic and Financial Governance:
In-depth study for European Parliament on role of EU in G20
The European Parliament is currently working on an extensive report on the role of the European Union in international economic fora such as the G20, the OECD or the IMF. In order to prepare this report the European Parliament commissioned in-depth studies on several international economic fora. One of the flagship studies was the one on the role of the European Union in the G20. The European Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (EURO-CEFG) got successfully selected to write this study. A team of nine researchers from the Universities of Leiden and Rotterdam drafted an extensive study of around 90 pages under the lead of EURO-CEFG. The study was very much welcomed by the European Parliament. EURO-CEFG scientific director Prof. Dr. Fabian Amtenbrink and EURO-CEFG scientific coordinator René Repasi were invited by the European Parliament to present the main findings of the report and to discuss its conclusions with the Members of Parliament. The framework for accountability of international economic fora developed by the EURO-CEFG study will now form the basis of the upcoming report of the European Parliament.
Centre for Metropolis and Mainport:
Customs and Supply Chain Compliance Executive Master's programme
In March, the Rotterdam School of Management launched the Customs and Supply Chain Compliance Executive Master's programme. This is a new part-time, 26-month Master's degree programme for customs professionals and others who work in the field of international trade regulations. The programme is the result of collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam (Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Law), TU Delft (partners in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Metropolis and Mainport), TU Eindhoven and partners from the professional community. In this Master's programme, 27 participants from five countries will learn the latest insights in the field of import duties, taxes, commercial law and enforcement.
Centre for Safety and Security:
Cyber Security Executive Master's programme
In January 2015, the first intake of participants started the new Cyber Security Executive Master's programme in The Hague. This is a multidisciplinary programme lasting 18-24 months that is focused on the technological, legal, administrative, economic and psychological aspects of digital security. Those who complete the Master's programme can use a technical, policy-related and administrative approach to contribute to eliminating cyber risks. The programme was developed by Leiden University, TU Delft, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and various private partners, and falls under the responsibility of Leiden University. The lecturers of the programmes are also active in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Safety and Security. The Master's programme is intended for professionals who wish to expand or deepen their knowledge of cyber security.