Opening Academic Year start of lustrum celebrations

Viering van 100-jarig bestaan in Laurenskerk (2013)

A special Opening of the Academic Year on Monday 3 September: it marks the start of the celebration of the 105th anniversary of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The university celebrates this 21st lustrum together with the city of Rotterdam and its inhabitants with the theme ‘Science Meets City: Co-creating knowledge’. The location of the Opening is therefore also special: the Laurens Church in the heart of Rotterdam.

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

That is why Erasmus University will be celebrating the 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’.

During the coming year, this theme will highlight the spaces where the university and the city of Rotterdam interact and interface. Consequently, it will explore where science can help develop new solutions for urban challenges.

Theme of the 21st lustrum is ‘Science Meets City’


‘Value in diversity’

The Opening of the Academic Year 2018-2019 on Monday 3 September marks the start of the anniversary celebration. 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.

'Value in diversity' is the theme of the academic ceremony on Monday 3 September. Guest speaker, Natalia Goncharova (Director Structured Finance, Risk & Portfolio Management at ABN AMRO Corporate & Institutional Banking and former President of Women in Financial Services) will be sharing with the audience her perspective on the importance of masculine and feminine values for economic development and scholarship.

Rector Magnificus Professor Rutger Engels will officially open the new academic year. In addition, the university prizes are awarded and there’s also a ‘Student in the spotlight' with his or her special social initiative. 

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