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Alumnus of the Year

The University of Groningen is proud of its alumni. They are the ambassadors of the University and we would like to strengthen this bond by presenting an award to an alumnus/alumna who has made an exceptional contribution to society. The Alumnus of the Year is nominated by the alumni community itself.

Nominate an Alumnus/Alumna

Who do you think is the Alumnus of the Year 2018? Do you know a former UG student who possesses the above-mentioned characteristics? Let us know your suggestions by sending a short motivation before 30 April 2019 to or call +31 (0)50 363 7767

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 by 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 colour of the eyes to match the personality of the winner.

Our Alumni of the Year are:

Information and contact

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

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