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Opening Academic Year 2018-2019

Opening Academic Year 2018-2019

This year we celebrate the 21st lustrum of our university. ‘Science Meets City: Co-creating Knowledge’ is the theme of a festive programme that starts at the opening of the academic year on 3 September 2018.

Erasmus University Rotterdam was established 105 years ago. For more than a century we have been educating ambitious students, carrying out research that pushes the boundaries of human knowledge, and presenting solutions for pressing societal issues. Erasmus University Rotterdam owes its existence to the vision and enterprising spirit of the citizens of Rotterdam.

That is why we will be celebrating our 21st lustrum with the city of Rotterdam and its inhabitants. Our festive anniversary programme will centre on the theme ‘Science Meets City: Co-creating knowledge’. 


The start of the lustrum celebrations will coincide with the opening of the 2018-2019 Academic Year, on Monday, 3 September.

During this opening event, the President of the Executive Board, Kristel Baele, will address the anniversary theme from the viewpoint of Erasmus University’s strategy for the coming years.

Guest speaker Natalia Goncharova will be sharing with the audience her perspective on the importance of masculine and feminine values for economic development and scholarship.

The Executive Board invites everyone to attend this festive ceremony in the Laurens Church, Rotterdam.

  • Please be seated by 15.10 in the Laurens Church. English will be spoken throughout the ceremony.

    • 14.45 hours: Laurens Church doors open, reception of guests

      15.15 hours: Ceremonial entrance

      15.30 hours: Welcome

      Speech by Kristel Baele, President of the Executive Board

    • Guest speaker Natalia Goncharova is Director Structured Finance and Risk & Portfolio Management at ABN AMRO and former President of Women in Financial Services.

    • The Executive Board annually awards excellent researchers, ambitious students and remarkable teachers with our university's prizes. Read more about this year's prize winners.

      • Education Prize
      • Research Prize
      • Prof. Bruins Prize
      • Prof. H.W. Lambers Prize
      • Rotterdam Thesis Award
    • Each year, a student of Erasmus University Rotterdam who has initiated a special project gets the chance to speak about his or her work in front of a large audience.

    • Professor Rutger Engels, Rector Magnificus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, will officially open the Academic Year of 2018-2019.

    • Join us for drinks, while we toast to the new Academic Year.

Opening Academic Year 2017-2018

View the photos of last year's Opening of the Academic Year.