Universiteit Leiden

My window to freedom Praesidium Libertatis

Contribution: Marga Overdevest (head of Stategy & Facilities department, skipper)

‘Praesidium Libertatis’ is the university’s motto. As an alumna and staff member, as well as a skipper for the Leidse Rederij boat company, this motto is central to me. 

As an alumna, the university has been my window to freedom. As a staff member, I’m proud of the university, which needs freedom to advance both science and the world. And as a skipper and guide for Leidse Rederij, I tell my guests on the boat the story of the city and its university as a ‘bastion of freedom’.

My colleague proposed the addition of ‘Non Est Anarchia’: it is important, after all, that we all stick to the rules and agreements that we have made!

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Hopping rabbits


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Niels Stensen


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Queen Beatrix’s honorary degree


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At the heart of the city


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The true sensation of Leiden


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Guided tour of the Academy Building


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Canal Watch (De Gracht­wacht)


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The cortège


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A new  Cleveringa


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City criminologist


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The Cleveringa meetings


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