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089 – Students the centre of attention during opening of the Academic Year in Groningen

03 September 2007

During the opening of the Academic Year, the University of Groningen will officially present its new house style. After the speeches in the aula of the Academy Building, two banners with the new university logo will be unfurled by mountain climbers who will abseil down from the roof of the building. While singing the Io Vivat and the Grunnens Laid, students on the Academieplein and the Rector Magnificus Prof. Frans Zwarts will drink a toast to a successful academic year.

Students will be the centre of attention during the opening of the Academic Year in Groningen. After the official part in the aula, there will be a gathering on the Academieplein outside with speeches, music, snacks and drinks. The organisers are expecting about a thousand visitors.

A toast to a successful academic year

The toast is an old tradition that passed into disuse, but which was revived last year. The idea was born during an exchange visit in 2006 to the University of Uppsala, where the opening of the academic year is celebrated in style. Every year 50,000 students and alumni take part in the celebrations.
Groningen had a similar event before the Second World War, when student societies marched to the Academy Building waving flags and banners. In the rejuvenated event there is also room for more modern pastimes: various DJs and bands will perform during the outside part of the programme.

New house style

With its new house style, the University of Groningen is giving a long, academic tradition a new look. The new logo, designed by G2K Designers, is a combination of the University coat of arms, a forward slash as a symbol of progress and a new style for the name University of Groningen. This new look, says Rector Magnificus Frans Zwarts, ‘matches what we are now, what we can do and what we want to do’.


Monday 3 September 2007, 4 p.m.

  • Opening of the Academic Year by Prof. F. Zwarts, Rector Magnificus
  • Speech by Dr K. Lonka, professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Helsinki and Johanna Bijtel Professor 2006-2008 at the University of Groningen
  • Speech by Ms J.L.A. van den Nieuwboer, student

The outside programme will start at about 5.15 p.m.

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