Opening Academic Year 2017-2018

Building Vital Cities, Empowering Vital Citizens

Monday 4 September 2017

Cities are expanding: even now, more than half the global population lives in urban areas. In 2050, that will have risen to 66 percent. In these cities, the social structure and culture is becoming increasingly complex through globalisation, technological changes, migration and growing social inequality.

So how do we ensure that cities are also dynamic, providing an optimal environment in which residents are able to develop? A city which is creative and diverse, a safe meeting place for different social groups.

The Opening Academic Year 2017-2018 is all about the Erasmus Initiative ‘Vital Cities and Citizens’. Through this multidisciplinary research and education project, Erasmus University wants to contribute to the quality of life in urban areas.

Guest speaker is Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, one of most recognised and outspoken mayors in both The Netherlands and worldwide. He advocates a leading role for cities and urban regions. The municipality of Rotterdam is particularly active in themes such as resilience, sustainability, social cohesion and the We Society. Rotterdam is also the international city to which the university is closely connected.

The Executive Board cordially invites you to attend the festive ceremony in the Auditorium of Erasmus University Rotterdam.