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 and honorary doctorates.

The programme will be concluded with a reception.

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Procession of professors at the Dom square

Start of the Academic Year 2022-2023

On 5 September, organisational psychologist Naomi Ellemers addressed the topic of social safety. We also announced the winners of the two student awards.

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