Lotte Melenhorst, PhD candidate at Leiden University's Institute of Political Science, has been granted a Top Student Award by the International Communication Association's (ICA) Political Communication Panel for her paper on the role of the media in the legislative process. This was announced in May 2015, during the 65th Annual ICA Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Leiden University is in 52nd place in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015, making it the highest-scoring Dutch University. Last year Leiden was in 53rd place. There are six Dutch universities and 37 European universities in the top 100.
What is federalism; what are the implications of decentralisation? Do federalism and decentralisation contribute to democratisation, governance, and diversity? Virtually all African countries south of the Sahara are now either federal or decentralised—but how do their systems of governance perform? These questions will be addressed in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 'Federalism & Decentralisation: Evaluating Africa's Track Record'. Enrollment for this free course is open; the MOOC starts on 8 June 2015 and will run for six weeks.