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Opening Academic Year 2021-2022

Date: Time: 16:00 Location: .

On Monday 30 August, the Opening of the Academic Year takes place. During this academic ceremony we will look ahead to a new academic year in which we celebrate our 95th birthday, but we will also pay special attention to another anniversary: it will be 50 years since the sub-faculty of psychology was founded. The keynote will therefore focus on 50 years of psychology.

Besides the awards ceremony, in which the impact award will be presented, top athletes will be put in the spotlight and the best teacher of the year will be chosen, the Dean's Den will take place.

Please note that this ceremony will be in Dutch! Live-translation is available.

Programme Opening Academic Year 2021-2022

  •     Opening by Rector Magnificus Wim van de Donk
  •     Keynote by Professor of TSB Tom Smeets
        The influence of behavioural sciences, and psychology in particular, in solving social issues'.
  •     Prize-giving by Paulina Snijders, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board
        Impact Award
        Top athletes award
        Best Teacher Election (made possible by group SAM)
  •     Dean's Den: A campus beach? A free bike for every student?
    Pitch your idea for our 100th anniversary. In 2027 Tilburg University will turn 100. Take part in the formation of the Strategic Plan in which we work towards 2027. Sign up for a 1-minute pitch in which you present your big, hairy, audacious idea for our university. The jury, consisting of the deans, will choose the winner on the spot. The winner will receive a cash prize of 500 euros. In addition, the winning pitch will actually be carried out. Please send an email with a description of your pitch to This contest is for students only! We will contact you!
  •     Closing by Rector Magnificus Wim van de Donk
  •     Depending on the measures, closing drinks

Please register for the Opening of the Academic Year. The final invitations will be sent out in mid-August on the basis of the coronation measures in place at that time.

Of course, you are also welcome to participate in this meeting online. The livestream can be followed via this website.