Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
Alumni Nieuws

Ruben van Gogh writes new birthday poem "Resitting an exam"

21 March 2016

The new birthday poem "Resitting an exam" is written by Ruben van Gogh (1967). Van Gogh studied Human Geography in Groningen for several years, but did not finish his studies. He gained national fame with bundles like De Man van Taal (The Man of Language), Zoekmachines (Search Engines) and Klein Oera Linda (Oera Linda Minor). He also wrote several librettos for operas. He wrote the lyrics for the song "Chanson Départ" to mark the start of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, that was performed by a 1,000-strong choir on July 5, 2015. Donald Gardner translated the birthday poem "Resitting an exam" to English.

The Ubbo Emmius Fund has been sending the special birthday poem on behalf of the University since 2011, to all alumni (with an email address known to the university). Often, responses are very positive and sometimes we even get a poem back.
Earlier poets were Jean Pierre Rawie, Ronald Ohlsen, Maggie Brands, Stefan Nieuwenhuis and Leonie Veraar.

Would you like to receive the birthday poem? Please provide your email address via www.rug.nl/alumni/update

Last modified:11 July 2019 1.09 p.m.
printView this page in: Nederlands

More news

  • 15 June 2021

    From ‘closed’ science to Open Science

    Vera Heininga is the Open Science coordinator and future programme leader of the upcoming Open Science programme of the University of Groningen. Together with her colleagues, she created the Open Science Community Groningen (OSCG). She explains...

  • 17 May 2021

    ‘Encouraging young people, that’s my most important job’

    Four and a half years ago, he received the Nobel Prize. During the award ceremony in Stockholm, Ben Feringa made a resolution: I will put science on the map. His mission is being given a new boost with the establishment of the Ben Feringa Fund,...

  • 10 May 2021

    ‘Give people with dementia more freedom to organize their own social lives’

    Older people with memory problems who live at home are extraordinarily resourceful when it comes to staying in control of their activities outside the home. Demographers Jodi Sturge and Mirjam Klaassens are certainly impressed. ‘It’s not about...