Leiden University mourns the loss of our student Laurens van der Graaff, and alumni Willem Witteveen, also a former member of staff, and his wife Lidwien Heerkens. All three were passengers on the Malaysian Airlines flight that was lost in the air disaster on 17 July.
Leiden University invites all her alumni in Indonesia for the Leiden Alumni Get-Together in Jakarta.
Erik Zürcher (1928–2008) is still considered an authoritative source in research on Chinese Buddhism. A new collection of his publications serves as an occasion for an international conference on Buddhism in Leiden. Princess Beatrix, who knew him well, will be in attendance at the opening.