UvA celebrates the Opening of the 2017-2018 Academic Year

5 September 2017

On Monday, 4 September, UvA staff and students celebrated the opening of a new academic year in the Aula. The theme of the programme was 'Inspiring Generations', also the motto of this year's anniversary celebrations.

Opening Academisch Jaar UvA 2017-2018, Geert ten Dam

Photo: Daniƫl Rommens, Folia

Geert ten Dam on Inspiring Education

In her speech, Geert van Dam, President of the UvA's Executive Board, talked about inspiring education. The anniversary theme Inspiring Generations represents what we want to be as a university, for our students and for society. How can we give academic education real value and meaning for students and, by extension, society?

Opening Academisch Jaar UvA 2017-2018, Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf (Photo by Dirk Gillissen)

Robbert Dijkgraaf on Inspiring Research

Robbert Dijkgraaf, University Professor and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, shared his view on inspiring research: what does it mean and what can the university do to stimulate it?

Opening Academisch Jaar UvA 2017-2018, Bruno Verschuere

Bruno Verschuere (Photo by Dirk Gillissen)

PechaKucha presentations

There were two PechaKucha-style presentations by:

  • Nathalie van der Velde, clinical lecturer and Internist-Geriatrician at the AMC. She received a donation earlier this year from the Amsterdam University Fund for her research on preventing falls in the elderly.
  • Bruno Verschuere, Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology, and last year's winner of the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody on the Nobel Prize, for his research into lying.
Opening Academisch Jaar UvA 2017-2018, Teacher of the Year

Rector Karen Maex and Antoinette Muntjewerff (Photo: Dirk Gillissen)

Lecturer of the Year

The winner of the UvA's 2016-2017 Lecturer of the Year competition, Antoinette Muntjewerff (Assistent Professor of Jurisprudence) was interviewed by Louisa Bergsma en Karel van Vliet from the law faculty student association JFAS.

Music was provided by the UvA's J. Pzn Sweelinck orchestra.

Live translation

This year was the first edition of the opening to be translated simultaneously  into English. Students and staff could use headsets to listen to the interpreter.

Catching up at the Atrium

After the official opening students and staff toasted the new academic year and the UvA's 385th anniversary at the Atrium. The 2017-2018 year got off to a good start with a DJ, drinks, food stations and a photobooth.

Students sampling the food on offer at the atrium after the Opening of the Academic Year.
Opening Academisch Jaar UvA 2017-2018, Party Atrium

Photos: Dirk Gillissen

Published by  University of Amsterdam