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Organization committee reflects contentedly on largest introduction week in the Netherlands

19 August 2008

The 'KEI week', the general introduction week for students in Groningen, this year attracted over 3900 participants, a new record. This means that the KEI week is not only the oldest but by far the largest introduction week in the Netherlands. A significant number of international students also attended the KEI week this year.

The official Welcoming Ceremony of the university for the international students will be held on Tuesday, 26 of August 2008, in the Martini Church and the Academy Building of the university.

Singing, cooking, flirting

This year the KEI week attracted 3931 participants, who for five days long let themselves be surprised by everything that Groningen and Groningen student life has to offer. The high points this year were the Night of the Songs, where 5,000 students and ‘townies’ sang Dutch and English songs together on the Grote Markt, and KEI in the Kitchen, a huge open-air cooking lesson, where TV chef Caspar Burgi taught the first-years how to prepare a healthy meal using local organic vegetables. Project LOVE! was also a resounding success; the Pathé cinema was bursting at its seams with first-years wanting to learn how to flirt, flatter and more.

Many international students

Noticeable this year was that the number of international students who participated tripled. About 170 foreign students joined in – a very high number given the fact that most of the international students will only arrive in Groningen next week. The efforts of the organizing committee to interest more HBO first-years in the KEI were also successful. The percentage of students of higher professional education at the introduction week increased by 24 percent.

More information

KEI Foundation, + 31 50 363 80 90,

There is a photo album covering each event on

Last modified:15 September 2017 3.27 p.m.

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