11 Jan 2016

Dies Natalis 2016

On Monday, 11 January 2016, Maastricht University (UM) will celebrate the 40th Dies Natalis in the St. Janskerk, under the theme ‘40 years young; the past, the future’.

During the Dies celebrations we looked back on the university's forty-year history and its many accomplishments over the years. The ceremony also looked forward to determine how research and education could contribute to solving future challenges. In 2016, several events will be organised to celebrate the university's fortieth anniversary. The main theme will be ‘connecting to people in the city’. For more information visit www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/anniversary.

UM conferred honorary doctorates to professors Detlev Ganten, Susan Rose-Ackerman and Paul in honour of their outstanding contribution to academic research and education.

The Dies lecture titled, 'Turning out hamburgers: A typical academic enterprise' was delivered by Professor Mark Post.

The festivities also included the conferral of the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize, the Dissertation Prize, and the Student Award. For an complete overview see: Award winners.

Wim Vluggen, who has conducted the university choir for more than twenty years, was also honoured. To thank him for his dedicated commitment to the choir and to UM, he was appointed university Precentor.

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