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University of Groningen honours outstanding students

05 July 2010
The prize winning students (one of them is not present)
The prize winning students (one of them is not present)

The University of Groningen has awarded nine outstanding students a GUF-100 prize. One of them, Pieter Huizing, also received the University of Groningen Excellence Award. The prizes were awarded at the official close of the academic year, Friday 2 July.

The GUF-100 prizes are intended for outstanding students who distinguish themselves from others by gaining good to very good study results. In addition, they have excellent oral and/or written skills and are involved in intellectual, sporting or social activities. One student is selected from each faculty.


The nine winners of the GUF-100 prizes are Pieter Huizing (Faculty of Law), Erik Meinema (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies), Clazina Wansbeek (Faculty of Philosophy), Teelkien van Veen (UMCG/Medical Sciences), Abel Knotnerus (Faculty of Arts), Anne Lexmond (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences), Ellen van Holstein (Faculty of Spatial Sciences), Erik Berndt (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences) and Ward Romeijnders (Faculty of Economics and Business). They each received a prize of EUR 2,500 from the chair of the GUF, Prof. P.C. van der Kruit.  

Excellence Award

Pieter Huizing also won the University of Groningen Student Excellence Award, a grant of EUR 2,500 for a stay at a university abroad. Pieter Huizing has obtained a Bachelor cum laude in International and European Law and a Bachelor International Relations and International Organisation. In addition he followed a summerschool on conflict prevention at the London School of Economics and spent four months at the Netherlands ambassy in Tripoli. Currently he does an international studyproject at a law office in Amsterdam and Hong Kong. He did a course on corporate law in Paris and on international law in New York. He has done the extracurricular honours program of the Faculty of Law which included assistentships in ‘storage of carbon-dioxide” and in ‘law in the area of energy’. Besides his studies, he chaired the student union Unitas and was involved with the European International Model United Nations (a global conference of students).

GUF-100 prizes and Excellence Award

The GUF-100 prizes for outstanding students were first awarded in 1993 in honour of the 100th anniversary of the GUF. Until last year the prizes were only awarded once every five years, but the GUF and the Board of the University have decided to award the prizes annually from 2010. The University of Groningen Excellence Award was initiated in 2009, in honour of the founding of the University of Groningen Honours College. The winner of the University of Groningen Excellence Award is chosen from the group of GUF-100 prizewinners.

University of Groningen 2010 Alumnus of the Year: Jelle Brandt Corstius

At the ceremony Jelle Brandt Corstius also received the University of Groningen 2010 Alumnus of the Year award. The journalist, correspondent and TV producer received a work of art from Rector Magnificus and jury chairman Frans Zwarts as token of appreciation for his extraordinary contributions to society.

Jelle Brandt Corstius graduated in journalism and history at the University of Groningen in 2004. In his work he has proven to be a travelling historian who can shed panoptic light on contemporary developments in the countries he visits. He manages to do so in characteristic fashion – candidly, with an eye for detail and a personal touch, treating his subjects with deep respect – which according to the jury should be applauded. He combines practising journalism in this fashion with his knowledge of the Russian language, culture and history.
Since 2009, the University of Groningen annually honours an alumnus or alumna who has made a special contribution to society, academia or culture. The first ‘Alumnus of the Year’ was author and journalist Jeroen Smit. He received the award during the University’s 395th anniversary celebrations in 2009 for his contribution towards increasing transparency in the financial world.

Further information

- Press release on Alumnus of the Year Brandt Corstius

Pieter Huizing
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