Opening Academic Year
Maastricht University celebrates the opening of the academic year 2018/19 on Monday 3 September 2018. We will reflect on the responsibility of universities for sustainable development in the broadest sense. We cordially invite you to celebrate the opening with us.
Sustainability means making resources last for the long run – be they the environment, funds, or people. Maastricht University wants to teach, research and practise sustainability in the broadest sense of the word. In our Sustainability Vision 2030, we have committed to taking sustainability into account in all our decision-making.
10.00 - 12.00: Symposium, Aula Minderbroedersberg
The responsibility of universities for sustainable development in the broadest sense is the overall theme of the day. The morning symposium is organised by our student-run Green Office and focuses on behavioural change. How – if at all – can we encourage people to make the right decisions in their daily lives?
15.30 - 17.15: Academic ceremony followed by a reception, MECC (please be seated by 15.15)
During the official opening of the academic year in the afternoon, our keynote speakers will elaborate on how collaboration is essential in achieving SDGs in particular for European Universities. We will also present the winners of the Edmond Hustinx Prize, for a promising young researcher, and the Student Award, honouring outstanding cultural or societal achievements by students – this year also with an emphasis on sustainability.
Please register before 21 August.
SDG Action competition
During the morning symposium, students and staff will present their project ideas on how to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) during a competition on SDGs. If you want to find out more about the competition or if you want to participate, read the call for proposals.
Join the competition before 23 July
- Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, will speak about the role of European universities
- Kate Robertson, Co-Founder of One Young World, will look at the responsibilities of institutions, especially with regard to their social impact and sustainability
- Prof. Dag Rune Olsen, Rector of the University of Bergen, will present the much-lauded strategy he and his university are pursuing in this respect
In the spirit of sustainability, we would like to encourage you to travel by public transport and/or bike. There are several options for renting bikes at the train station, such as OV-fiets. Bikes can be parked on location. By the way: our venue this year, the MECC, has been awarded a Green Key, a voluntary eco-label for environmental responsibility and sustainable operation in the hospitality industry.