The Board for the Conferral of Doctoral Degrees has decided to grant honorary degrees to:
- Professor Peer Bork, Senior group leader and Strategic Head of Bioinformatics, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany
- Professor Sangeeta N. Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D. , John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Town and gown
The city and Utrecht University are traditionally very close. The historical, but at the same time young and dynamic city of Utrecht surrounds the university like an oyster surrounds a pearl: offering an environment in which the university can grow. In return, the university gives the city a lively student population, beautiful university buildings, top knowledge and highly-educated professionals.
Utrecht University is active all over the world, but considers the bond with the city to be equally important. This bond is continuously maintained in many joint projects. For instance with living labs regarding energy, food, ageing healthily, youth and extremism, and ‘city life’. This is how the university and the city work together to build a healthy, sustainable and harmonious society.