15 June 2018
Making the Most of Talent

Transfer of Rectorship

Outgoing Rector Magnificus Professor Huibert Pols presented new Rector Rutger Engels with the chain of office during the Transfer of Rectorship on 15 June 2018.

In his first speech as Rector, Engels emphasised that universities need to invest in their social relevance and responsibility toward society. Among other things, this means challenging students so that they come to understand which issues are in need of a solution.

Theme of the Transfer of Rectorship was ‘Making the Most of Talent’. In the new Rector’s view, the university should start cherishing this talent even before students step through its gates.

Speakers and programme

The two guest speakers, professor dr. Liesbeth van Rossum (Erasmus MC, Center for Healthy Weight) and dr. Payal Arora (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication), also offered distinct perspectives on the ‘Talent’ theme.

Daniel Sieczkowski


Daniel Sieczkowski (1996) is a student of medicine, healthcare management and philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is also a student representative in the EUR University Council. In addition, his biggest hobby is music. At the Transfer of Rectorship, Daniel presented the new and old Rector with a 'musical flower bouquet': the well-known "Rosen aus dem Süden" waltz. 388 by Johann Strauss II.

Farewell of Huibert Pols

Outgoing Rector Magnificus Huibert Pols took his farewell speech as an opportunity to look back on his career. He also argued for ‘free range space’’ so that we can bring together “mind and matter, problem and solution, theory and practice”

Pols was presented with the Ad Fontes by the Kristel Baele, President of the Executive Board. This medal is awarded to individuals who have rendered outstanding services to the university. He also received a cheque of 28.946 euros for the Huibert Pols Talent Fund. In her speech, Baele honoured Pols as “an exceptionally good rector and an exceptionally fine colleague”.

Videos former and new rector magnificus

View the video made about Huib Pols, which includes contributions from Mayor Aboutaleb, Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker (Leiden University) and the outgoing rector’s two sons. 

Burgemeester Aboutaleb over Huibert Pols

Afscheid prof. dr. Huibert Pols

And get to know our new rector magnificus Rutger Engels in this interview.

Rutger Engels

Five questions for Rutger Engels