26 March 2019 from 15:00 to 17:00

The birthday of the university

383rd Dies Natalis of Utrecht University

Dies natalis 2019: Onderwijs voor het leven.

Tuesday 26 March, Utrecht University celebrated its 383rd Dies Natalis in the Dom Church in Utrecht.

Education for life

The theme of the anniversary celebrations is ‘Education for life’. This theme reflects Utrecht University’s ambition to offer degree programmes that broadly equip students for a role in society. Learning does not stop after graduation, however. We as a university want to contribute in which we do so through our strong and flexible curriculum. In addition, we develop other special ‘Lifelong learning’ programmes that sometimes include a distinct didactic approach for various groups in different phases of their life and career.

The Anniversary Address titled The role of the teacher in tomorrow’s world was given by Professor Sari Lindblom, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki. Moreover, the ceremony included the presentation of two honorary doctorates, the Lecturer Awards and the Alumnus of the Year Award. Furthermore, the initiators of Incluusion received a Silver Medal for their special achievements.

Honorary doctorates

During the ceremony, honorary doctorates were awarded to:

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

Anniversary Chair in Law, Queen Mary University of London; Honorary Research Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford; Leverhulme Major Research Fellow, 2018–2021 (currently Visiting Fellow, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas).

The honorary supervisor is Sybe de Vries, Professor of EU Single Market Law and Fundamental Rights at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University.

Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, and former President of the Regional Science Association International.

The honorary supervisor is Ron Boschma, Professor of Regional Economics at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University.

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26 March 2019 15:00
End date and time
26 March 2019 17:00
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