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Opening Academic Year

On Monday, September 4, 2017, the new academic year will officially be opened at the Auditorium of Cobbenhagen building. Keynote speakers are Professor Margriet M. Sitskoorn and dr. Koen M. Becking. The theme of this year's opening is: 'Taking Responsibility in a Connected World'.

Taking Responsibility in a Connected World

Foto: Geels fotografie

Social responsibility and an entrepreneurial attitude should go hand in hand. As an institution of academic education, we are inextricably linked to society. Our academic research is aimed to understand society and, where possible, to enhance it. In this spirit, we educate our students to become citizens of the world and future leaders with a strong ethical awareness and sense of responsibility. Building character and impact are crucial in this context.


Photo: Geels fotografie

Keynote speech: “Van Homo Sapiens naar Homo Sapiens Verus!”

To be presented by Prof. Margriet M. Sitskoorn, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Tilburg School of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Margriet Sitskoorn will argue that Homo sapiens is losing its right to exist. Homo sapiens is too self-centered, too much focused on its own interests and on the short term. Today’s society requires people who also think of others, who place collaboration center stage, who are flexible, and who are focused on long-term interests. A Homo Sapiens Verus, a truly wise human being, is someone who has both feet on the ground, is firmly connected to society, and takes responsibility for past, present, and future. Can this sense of responsibility be learned? How can we develop our brain to this end? This is the subject of her keynote. The BESI Award for exceptional students will be presented to young alumni who have recently won an elevator pitch in entrepreneurship.

After the ceremony, there will be a reception in the Foyer of Cobbenhagen Building from 17:30 hrs.

The official invitation for this Opening will be sent to you nearer the date. Please make a note of the date for the Opening of the Academic Year in your diary. We look forward to welcoming you at this event.

Please let us know if you will be attending the Opening of the Academic Year 2017.

Locatie: Aula Cobbenhagengebouw



When: 04 September 2017 16:00

End date: 04 September 2017 17:30

Where: Cobbenhagen building