On Monday 26 March 2018, Utrecht University celebrates its 382nd Dies Natalis in the Dom Church. Here, the celebration is visible through a live stream.
ON DARWIN, DATA AND ACADEMIC INTELLIGENCE
Businesses such as Google and Amazon invest billions in Big Data, artificial intelligence and knowledge robotisation. The world is changing at a rapid pace. The fundamental question we have to ask ourselves is how we should respond to the digital revolution currently taking place – as a higher education sector, as a university, and as individual students and lecturers. What should we change to stay relevant, what do we want to keep, and why? To what kind of society do we want to contribute?
In her Anniversary Address, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven will reflect on the challenges these developments pose to the education sector as a whole. Subsequently, Bert van der Zwaan will outline why Utrecht University, with its tradition of high-quality multidisciplinary research and small-scale teaching, is well positioned to remain in the global vanguard. His address marks his departure as the 333rd Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University.
During the Dies Natalis, Utrecht University will grant two honorary degrees to Professor Joan C. Williams and Professor Albert-László Barabási. Naomi Ellemers is honorary supervisor of Professor Williams and Hendrik Dijkstra and Henk Stoof are honorary supervisors of Professor Barabási.