7 Feb 2017

41st Dies Natalis

On Tuesday, 7 February 2017, exactly 25 years after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, UM celebrated its 41st Dies Natalis.

You can watch a full video registration of the Dies celebration via the player below.

Dies Natalis 2017 of Maastricht University

Dies Natalis 2017

This year the Dies celebration was organised alongside festivities in Maastricht for this ‘Europe Calling’ anniversary.

In honour of the anniversary UM awarded an honorary doctorate to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, whom Angela Merkel described as a ‘tireless advocate for freedom, democracy, and justice’. His record of pro-Europeanism led the University Council to his nomination. Mister Gauck will also deliver the Dies Lecture. Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the presentation of the honorary doctorate.

In keeping with tradition the Rector awarded the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize, Dissertation Prize 2016, and the Student Prize as well.

Programme:

15.20 Arrival of the cortège
15.30 Word of Welcome
  Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert, Rector Magnificus, with Sally Haj Khalaf Allah and Hoseb Assadour
  Musical Interlude by the Eurasia Quartet
  Conservatorium Maastricht
  Video introduction of President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck
  Presentation of honorary doctorate to Joachim Gauck
  Prof. dr. Martin Paul, President Maastricht University
  Dies Lecture 'Europe Calling'
  President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck
  Musical Interlude by the Eurasia Quartet
  Conservatorium Maastricht
  Video introduction and presentation of the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize 2016
  Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert
  Presentation of the Student Prizes for the best master's theses of 2016
  Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert on behalf of the 'Stichting Wetenschapsbeoefening'
  Presentation of the Dissertation Prize 2016
  Prof. dr. Nanne de Vries, chairman of the jury on behalf of the Professors' Fund
17.00 Reception