Opening academic year

Opening Academic Year: Tradition and Innovation

Date: Time: 15:00 Location: Auditorium

The executive board is pleased to invite you to the Opening of the Academic Year 2019-2020. In this ceremony, we look forward to the academic year ahead. This year's theme is 'Tradition and Innovation in Academia'. We want the innovations we pursue to be inspired by our traditions.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Richard D. McCullough, chemist and Vice-Provost for Research at Harvard University. He is well-known for his research on developing printable electronic materials, holds more than ten US patents, and is the founder of two companies. He will give his view on digital innovation in relation to academic traditions.

Professor Koen Becking, President of Tilburg University’s Executive Board, will elaborate on the appreciation of traditions and Tilburg University’s innovative efforts to create a sustainable, digital society. Traditional collaborations with local governments are essential to achieve this.  

To round off the session, there will be an exploratory debate between Koen Becking and a number of students on the added value of academic traditions and what our future traditions might look like.

Opening Academic Year

The program in short

14:30 Reception

14:55 Start of the program. Doors to the Auditorium are closed.

15:00 Start of the Opening of the Academic Year 2018

  • Entrance of the cortège of professors
  • The new Rector Magnificus
  • Keynote speech by Richard D. McCullough, Vice-Provost for Research at Harvard University
  • Intermezzo
  • Speech by Koen Becking, President of the Executive Board of Tilburg University
  • Panel discussion with Koen Becking and students
  • Conclusion

After the ceremony, drinks will be served. Please join us in raising your glass.

We look forward to welcoming you!

It is no longer possible to register, as the ceremony is fully booked. Please watch via the live stream, starting at 15:00.