Opening Academic Year 2016-2017

On Monday, August 29th the Opening of the Academic Year 2016-2017 took place, the theme being ‘Meeting tomorrow's challenges’.

Guest speaker Lilianne Ploumen
Guest speaker Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and an alumna of the Erasmus University, addressed in her speech inequalities caused by globalization. She called inequality the biggest mistake of mankind since communism. “We must ensure that the gains of globalisation and technology are fairly shared. If we fail, the backlash against open societies will grow.”

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"Globalization is one of the challenges we face."
According to President of the Executive Board Kristel Baele, globalization is one of the challenges we face. Universities should take the lead in solving such problems. "Entrepreneurship is in our DNA and has put us in an excellent position to offer tomorrow's challenges."

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New double degree program
Rector Prof. Huibert Pols talked about the educational plans of Erasmus University. For example, Erasmus University, Codarts and Willem de Kooning Academic jointly launch a double degree program, so educate ‘artist-scientists'. In addition, Erasmus University wants to enable 50 refugees to study in Rotterdam.

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Student in the spotlight
Also, the academic prizes were also handed out and William Klaver was the ‘Student in the spotlight', presenting his project to promote volleyball among children in Rotterdam.