Opening Academic Year 20/21: Making Minds Matter

Start date

Monday, 31 Aug 2020, 15:00

End date

Monday, 31 Aug 2020, 16:00

Monday August 31 will be a wonderful day for all of us. It is the day of the official Opening of the Academic Year 2020-2021 of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Making Minds Matter’.

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions , an alternative ceremony will take place this year in the Aula on Woudestein campus, with a limited number of students, staff and guests.


During the opening ceremony, we celebrate the collaboration between EUR, the city of Rotterdam, social partners and the business community. Our guests this year include:

  • Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb;
  • Professor Semiha Denktaş;
  • Rector Magnificus, Rutger Engels;
  • Professor Eveline Crone;
  • Professor Arfan Ikram;
  • Host Wilfried de Jong;
  • Musical artists Emma Heesters and Rolf Sanchez;
  • And of course, also in attendance will be all the winners of the most important University Awards!

Registration Opening Academic year 2020 - 2021

Register now for the live broadcast of the Opening Academic Year 2020-2021. 

If you have any questions about (the registration for) the Opening Academic Year and / or if additional information is desired, you can always send an email to