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Alumnus of the year

Nominate the Alumnus of the Year 2023

The University of Groningen is proud of its alumni. They are the ambassadors of the University, which would like to affirm this bond by presenting an award to an alumnus who has reached an exceptional achievement in society. The Alumnus of the Year is nominated by the alumni community itself.

To qualify for the title of ‘Alumnus of the Year’, a candidate must meet the following criteria. We are looking for people who:

  • Have made an exceptional contribution to society, research, culture or sports
  • Are an inspiration to others
  • And are a promise for the future


Do you know someone who is eligible for the title of Alumnus of the Year? Then submit your nomination and motivation to alumni@rug.nl before 1 March 2023

Previous Alumni of the Year are:

(As of 2022, the nomination and the awarding of the prize will take place in the same year)

About the Alumnus of the Year award

To qualify for the title of Alumnus of the Year, a candidate must meet the following criteria. We are looking for people who:

Sculpture Wia van Dijk
Sculpture Wia van Dijk
  • Have made an exceptional contribution to society, research, culture or sports,
  • Are an inspiration to others
  • Are a promise for the future (the Alumnus of the Year award is a midcareer prize).

The prize for the Alumnus of the Year is a specially designed sculpture of visual artist Wia van Dijk. The 'Athena Noctua' is a pure and powerful bronze statue that stands for wisdom, curiosity, and pride. Each year the sculpture is personalized by changing the color of the eyes to match the personality of the winner.

Information and contact

Do you have any questions? Please contact the Department Alumni Relations and Fundraising of the UG: alumni rug.nl or +31(0)50 363 7595

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