Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

Honorary doctorates Tilburg University

Exceptional scientific accomplishments can be rewarded with a honorary degree. This title can also be bestowed upon a person who rendered exceptional community services. The Honorary Doctorates are awarded at anniversaries and at special occasions during a ceremony on the Dies Natalis at Tilburg University.

2017

  • Prof. Alexander Rinnooy Kan
    Erepromotor: Prof. D. den Hertog
    Tilburg School of Economics and Management
  • Prof. Eleonore Stump
    Erepromotor: Prof. R.A. te Velde
    Tilburg School of Catholic Theology

2016

  • Prof. George Loewenstein
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. M. Zeelenberg
    Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Prof. Benedict Kingsbury
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A.C.M. Meuwese
    Tilburg Law School

2014

  • Prof. John List
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A.J. de Zeeuw
    Tilburg School of Economics and Management
  • Prof. Daniel Levinthal
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. X.Y.F. Martin
    Tilburg School of Economics and Management

2013

  • Prof. Sacha Prechal
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. R.C.H. Lesaffer
    Tilburg Law School
  • Prof. Avshalom Caspi
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. J.J.A. Denissen
    Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2012

  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. M.M. van Reijsen
    Tilburg School of Humanities
  • Prof. Guido Vergauwen
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A.J. Denaux
    Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
  • Prof. Sir Partha Dasgupta
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A.J. de Zeeuw
    Tilburg School of Economics and Management

2011

  • Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. R. O’Callaghan
    TiasNimbas Business School

2010

  • Al Gore
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A.J. de Zeeuw
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

2009

  • Prof. Marlène van Niekerk
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. G.C.G.J. van Roermund
    Faculty of Humanities

2008

  • Dr. Nout Wellink
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. S.C.W. Eijffinger
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

2007

  • Dr. Michael Grant Ignatieff
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. W.J.M. van Genugten
    Faculty of Law
  • Prof. Robert Sternberg
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A.J.R. van de Vijver
    Faculty of Social Sciences

2006

  • C.K. Prahalad
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. Ph. Naert
    TiasNimbas Business School

2002

  • Kofi Annan
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. E.E. Berns
    Faculty of Philosophy
  • Prof. Hans-Dieter Klingemann
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. W.A. Arts
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Prof. Ariel Rubinstein
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. E.E.C. van Damme
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Cardinal G. Danneels
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. M. van Knippenberg
    Faculty of Theology

1998

  • Dr. H.H.F. Wijffels
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. Th.C.M.J. van de Klundert
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1997

  • Prof. L. Weiskrantz
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. B.L.M.F. de Gelder
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Daniel Cohn-Bendit
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A.J.A.G. Extra
    Faculty of Arts
  • Prof. R. Goldstone
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. M.S. Groenhuijsen
    Faculty of Law

1992

  • Prof. C. Lefort
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. E.E. Berns
    Faculty of Philosophy
  • Prof. J.M. Kerkhofs s.j.
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. J.A.M. Berghman 
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Prof.  A.P. Barten
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A. Kapteyn
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1987

  • Prof. K.J. Gergen Ph.D.
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. H.F.M. Peeters 
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Prof. J.A.W. Kamp
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. H.C. Bunt
    Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. J. van der Hoeven
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin
    Faculty of Law

1986

  • Dr. G.A. van Oorschot
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. H. Verdaasdonk
    Faculty of Arts

1982

  • Prof. P. Ricoeur
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. M.A.D. Plattel 
    Faculty of Philosophy
  • Mw. Dr. M.A.M. Klompé
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. J. Stalpers
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Prof. H.W. Lambers
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. Th.C.M.J. van de Klundert
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1977

  • Prof. H.A. Witkin
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. J.M. van Meel
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr. J.W. de Pous
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. Th.A. Stevers 
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Dr. Rt.Hon. Lord. A. Th. Denning
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. J.E.J.Th. Deelen 
    Faculty of Law
  • Prof. I.J. Brugmans
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. H.F.J.M. van den Eerenbeemt 
    Faculty of Social Sciences

1972

  • Dr. G.E. Langemeijer
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. C. Bronkhorst
    Faculty of Law
  • Prof. F. van Heek
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. R.A. de Moor
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr. C.A. van den Beld
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. D.B.J. Schouten
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1967

  • Dr. A.C.J. Rottier
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. P.P. van Berkum
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Prof. dr. L. Likert
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. A. Oldendorff
    Faculty of Social Sciences

1962

  • Dr. C.P.M. Romme
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. F.J.H.M. van de Ven 
    Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr. C.G. Clark MA
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. J.J.J. Dalmulder 
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1956

  • Dr. B.J.M. van Spaendonck
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. F.J.H.M. van de Ven
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1953

  • Prof. F. de Vries
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. M.J.H. Cobbenhagen
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1952

  • Dr. R. Schuman
    Honorary Supervisor: Prof. H.A. Kaag
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

1947

  • Mgr. H. Poels
    Honorary Supervisor: Mag. F.N.M. Weve 
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration