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Online Opening Academic Year 2020: Making Connections

The official Opening of our Academic Year 2020-2021 will take place on Monday 31 August. The Ceremony will be conducted online through the UG YouTube Live channel (see below). The theme is Making Connections.

Time: 2 p.m. sharp. Stream starts at 1.50 p.m. with short film about organist Eeuwe Zijlstra and digital cortege.


2 to 2.30 p.m.

  • Opening speech Making Connections by Prof. Cisca Wijmenga, Rector Magnificus
  • Alumnus of the Year 2019 Award Ceremony to Sander de Hosson, MSc, Lung Specialist
  • Speech by Sigrid Kaag, Ma, MPhil, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
  • Corona talks by Students and Academics
  • Poem by Olivier van Eijk, the new University Poet 2020-2021
  • Closing

The Ceremony will be conducted in English.


Faculty of Arts: The opening of the new academic year of the Faculty of Arts will take place on Monday, 31 August. Due to constraints because of the coronavirus, this year’s opening will not be held live in the form of a public lecture, but will take place online. This online ceremony will be broadcast from 3 – 3:30 p.m.

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences: The opening of the academic year for the faculty BSS will be online-only on Monday 31 August from 3.30 - 4 pm.

Last modified:22 September 2020 2.33 p.m.