45th Dies Natalis

Maastricht University (UM) would have loved to celebrate its 45th anniversary with a traditional Dies Natalis celebration on 29 January 2021, at the St. Janskerk. Due to the extended lockdown, these plans had to be drastically changed.

The awarding of the honorary doctorate to prof. dr. Jaap van Dissel, as well as all other honours and awards, were moved to the Opening Academic Year, on Monday 30 August 2021. Instead, Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert addressed the entire UM community on 29 January. 

Address Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert

In the video message below, Rector Magnificus Prof. Rianne Letschert not only looks back at 2020, but more importantly, she looks ahead. In her short speech, themes such as 'blended education', the different recognition and rewarding of scientists and effective leadership are discussed.

We will emerge from this pandemic stronger and wiser
Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert

Rianne Letschert from the St. Janskerk, on Friday 29 January 2021.

Student Prizes 2021

Every year, the best master's and bachelor's theses by our students are rewarded during the Dies Natalis celebration in January. They receive five hundred euros, a certificate and a small gift as a token of appreciation from our Rector Magnificus. Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 measures have forced us to adjust our plans for Maastricht University’s 45th Dies Natalis. Therefore, we shine a spotlight on the winners on these web pages.