King Willem-Alexander to attend Opening of the Academic Year

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will be attending the festive Opening of the Academic Year 2014-2015 of Erasmus University Rotterdam on Monday, 1 September 2014. The occasion marks the end of the centennial celebrations of the university. Professor Hans Clevers, president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), will deliver the guest lecture.

As a souvenir of the Centennial, the King will be presented with a sculpture and with two books to celebrate 100 years of Erasmus University. The Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, is to receive the results of Erasmus4Rotterdam, the anniversary year’s volunteer project. In the past year students and staff of Erasmus University have supported all sorts of projects and initiatives in Rotterdam. The theme of the centennial celebrations was ‘100 years impact’, about the impact and relevance of  Erasmus University for society and the development of scientific knowledge.

Rector magnificus  Professor Huibert Pols  will officially open the Academic Year. Before he does so, together with board member Bart Straatman, he will present the university awards to:

Education Prize

Professor Ruben Houweling, Erasmus School of Law

Research Prize

Dr Jacco van Sterkenburg, Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication

Professor Bruins Prize

Linda Joosse, Erasmus MC

Professor Lambers Prize

Cleo Scholte, Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus School of Economics

Rotterdam Thesis Award

Jeroen van den Broek, Criminology

Top Support Award (individual)

Jelle Jager, Head of Security

Top Support Award (team)

Wilbert Gantvoort, Marlous Janssen, Gabi Helfert and Petteri Raatikainen, webteam Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)

The official part of the Opening in the Auditorium of the university starts at 5 pm and will end at 6 pm.

You can register for the Opening of the Academic Year via this link.

More information

For further information: Ronald de Groot, Communications Officer Erasmus School of Economics +31 6 53 641 846 or