Opening of the academic year 2012/13

The opening of the academic year 2012/13 at Maastricht University will take place on Monday 3 September 2012.

The programme consists of a morning symposium and the official opening ceremony with the theme “Maastricht University, the art of networking”.


Networking plays a key role in the new strategic programme. Collaboration within the university, the region and worldwide with partner universities, the business sector and government institutions is increasingly giving rise to all sorts of innovative activities and projects. These projects will be presented during the morning symposium at a ‘Maastricht University Plaza’; a marketplace where you can network in an informal setting and get acquainted with new initiatives. The three research spearheads – Quality of Life, Europe and a Globalising World, and Learning and Innovation – will also be explained by means of research projects.

Opening ceremony

The official opening of the academic year will take place in the Theater aan het Vrijthof. The guest of honour is Professor Frans van Vught, an internationally renowned authority in the strategic management of universities and international cooperation in higher education. Also on the programme is the presentation of the Student Award, the Edmond Hustinx prize for science and the Rabobank Dissertation Prize.


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