Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies to remain in Leiden

1 November 2013

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences intends to transfer management of the collection held by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) to Leiden University Library. The KITLV’s research department will remain in Leiden as an Academy institute.

The Academy Board and Leiden University have reached agreement on the position of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The Academy intends to transfer management of the KITLV’s collection to Leiden University Library (UBL). Leiden University will conclude an agreement to that effect with the KITLV Society, which holds legal title to the collection. Funding earmarked by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for the collection’s management and new acquisitions will also be transferred from the Academy to Leiden University. Moving the KITLV’s collection to Leiden University Library will also have implications for staffing. The office in Jakarta, Indonesia, will remain. Talks with the Society are due to begin shortly.

The KITLV’s research department will remain an Academy institute and will be prominently on the Leiden University campus, where it will collaborate with the Faculty of Humanities. The KITLV will help Leiden University develop its profile plans for Area Studies. The Academy Board wishes to support this cluster in Leiden and has therefore decided not to move the KITLV to Amsterdam. As an Academy institute, the KITLV will continue to participate in the Academy’s innovation programme for its humanities institutes.

The Academy Board is delighted that Leiden University will house the KITLV collection a home. It will be merged with the Royal Tropical Institute’s heritage collection and Leiden University Library's special collections to form a globally unique collection focusing on Indonesia and the Caribbean. The Academy and Leiden University also plan to join forces in attracting talented PhD students and promoting Leiden’s leading role in Southeast Asian and Caribbean Area Studies in order to support research at the KITLV.

The Academy, the KITLV and Leiden University will together stimulate more detailed plans based on their overall agreements.

About the KITLV

The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) supports anthropological, linguistic, social science and historical research on Southeast Asia, the Pacific Area and the Caribbean. It places special emphasis on Indonesia, Suriname, and the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles. The KITLV is housed in Leiden and has an office in Jakarta.