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.
This coming year, the motto 'On campus, if possible, online if necessary' not only applies to all education at Maastricht University, but also to the opening of the Academic Year 2020/21. As always, UM President Martin Paul will lead the official ceremony. This time around, the venue will be the Tapijnkazerne, the university’s latest jewel in the crown. Because of the current circumstances, only a small group of guests will be able to attend ‘live’. Everyone can follow the proceedings online.
About keynote speaker Eric Mazur
Prof. Eric Mazur is Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and an internationally recognised educational innovator. He is a much sought-after speaker, among other things about his work on an interactive teaching method that involves students inside and outside the classroom. In 2014 he won the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. In addition, Mazur founded several successful companies and holds a large number of patents. There will be the opportunity to ask questions.
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.
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