Highest UM award for Maastricht mayor Penn-te Strake

On 27 January 2023, the mayor of Maastricht, Annemarie Penn-te Strake, received the Tans Medal, Maastricht University’s award for people who have made a major contribution to the university’s development. UM president Rianne Letschert presented the medal to the mayor during the celebration of the university’s 47th anniversary.

The Tans Medal is UM’s highest award. Previous recipients include former governor of the Province of Limburg Sjeng Kremers, former CEO of DSM Peter Elverding, and the university’s own former rector Job Cohen.

‘Mayor Penn-te Strake is an important support for the university,’ says Rianne Letschert. ‘Partly because she always makes it clear that a well-developed, international university is of great value to the city and the province. At the same time, she is always aware of the importance of maintaining a strong connection between the city and the university – for example, through her administrative contribution to the Student and City programme, which is aimed at developing Maastricht (as the oldest city in the Netherlands with the youngest university in the Netherlands) into a university city with optimal quality of life for all its residents, and in which the students are fully integrated.’

Mayor Penn-te Strake receives the Tans Medal in her final year as mayor; her term of office will end on 1 July 2023.

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