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Alumnus of the Year

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

Our Alumni of the Year are:

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.

Nomination 2017

Who do you think is the Alumnus of the Year 2017? Do you know a former UG student who meets the above mentioned characteristics? Let us know your suggestion by sending a short motivation before 1 February 2018 to: alumni@rug.nl or call 050-363 7767

Information and contact

Do you have any questions? Please contact Alida Meerburg of the Department Alumni Relations and Fundraising of the UG: a.meerburg@rug.nl or+31(0)50 363 7767

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