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Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Lecture

Towards a digital society

During four years (2017-2020) the alumni network Vrienden van Cobbenhagen together with Tilburg University Society will invite an internationally renowned professor to share his or her views on developments in society. The Lecture is an active contribution to the international orientation of Dutch politics, research, education and business.

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On Friday January 26, 2018 professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger will give the second Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Lecture entitled 'Towards a digital society'. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is professor Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) of Oxford University. He is also connected to the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs of Harvard University.

Mayer-Schönberger published ten books, among which the international bestseller 'Big Data', with  co-author Kenneth Cukier, that was published in over 20 languages. His book 'Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age' was erd bekroond met internationale prijzen. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is auteur van ruim honderd wetenschappelijke artikelen en hoofdstukken. Hij behaalde graden in de rechtswetenschap in Salzburg en aan Harvard, in economie aan London School of Economics en is oprichter van Ikarus Software.


The Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Prize is meant for a master thesis that is not only academically excellent, but also has societal relevance, whereby the findings of the student will have impact on the world around us. The award for the winner is an amount of 5.000 euros. With this, the student receives a contribution to fulfill their ambitions.

Winner 2017

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Last year Suzanne Hendricksen of Tilburg Law School (TLS) won the Cobbenhagen Prize of 5.000 euro for her master thesis ‘Zwijgrecht van het brein: Over de grenzen die het nemo tenetur-beginsel stelt aan neuroimaging bij onderzoek naar toerekeningsvatbaarheid.’ The jury praised her research theme and believed she treated the subject in a clear and methodological way.

Will you win the Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Prize 2018?

Do you improve society with your research or because of the activities you develop as a student? Show us how your spot at or through the university (education, study- or student association, sports or something else) inspires you to make society a little better, what your dream is and how you are going to accomplish that. The Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Prize could help you out with that. Deliver us the following:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Grade list with a minimum average of 7.5
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor
  • A thesis, an essay or a short video (max. 5 minutes)

Sign up

Do you want to take the chance to win the Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Prize? Send all documents to vrienden.van.cobbenhagen@tilburguniversity.edu before December 4, 2017.




The Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Scholarship is meant for a bachelor’s student who not only excels in academic skills, but also stands out of the crowd because of the activities he or she develops in order to improve society. The award for the winner is an amount of 10.000 euros. With this, the student receives a contribution to fulfill their ambitions.

Winner 2017

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Last year, Pearl van Lonkhuizen of Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) won the Scholarship of 10.000 euros for her bachelor thesis. According to the jury, she succeeded in possessing knowledge of both her own discipline (psychology) and other subjects. For example, besides her study, Pearl was a student assistent at the philosophy department. She is currently rewriting her thesis to a scientific publication.

Will you win the Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Prize 2018?

Do you improve society with your research or because of the activities you develop as a student? Show us how your spot at or through the university (education, study- or student association, sports or something else) inspires you to make society a little better, what your dream is and how you are going to accomplish that. The Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Prize could help you out with that. Deliver us the following:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Grade list with a minimum average of 7.5
  • Letter of recommendation of a professor
  • A thesis, an essay or a short video (max. 5 minutes)

Sign up

Do you want to take the chance to win the Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Prize? Send all documents to vrienden.van.cobbenhagen@tilburguniversity.edu before December 4, 2017.