31 Aug 15:30

Opening Academic Year 2020/21

The theme of this year's Opening of the Academic Year of Maastricht University is: 'After the storm - how corona could change universities'. This year no large-scale event in the Theater aan het Vrijthof, but a combination of online and live, with an inspiring keynote speaker in the field of educational innovation: Prof. Eric Mazur from Harvard University.

Prizes and music

In the second part of the programme, two prizes are awarded: the Edmond Hustinx Award for Science for promising young researchers and the UM Student Prize awarded to either a Maastricht University (UM) student complementing their studies with a remarkable social or cultural achievement, or a UM student organisation that has distinguished itself in the societal or cultural realm. The musical note is provided by students of the Conservatorium Maastricht and the UM Orchestra.

Join us

As always, UM President Martin Paul will lead the official ceremony. In the video below he invites the community for the Opening of the Academic Year 2020/21.

Prof. Eric Mazur

Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, 2014