Start of the Academic Year

The annual festive celebration of the Start of the Academic Year takes place in the Dom Church on the first Monday of the new academic year.

Aside from a welcoming speech on behalf of the Executive Board, there will be prominent speakers who are passionate about the world of education and/or research. In addition, various annual prizes and rewards are being presented, such as student awards, teacher awards, the Agnites Vrolik award and honorary doctorates.

The programme will be concluded with a reception.

Start of the Academic Year 2020-2021

On Monday 31 August Utrecht University celebrated the Start of the Academic Year 2020-2021. On the special 'University with a Heart' website you can find the complete programme and videos of the various activities.

University with a heart
Dick Boetekees
Procession of professors at the Dom square
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