Academic opening VUB: 28 September, 15.00

After an all-too-long period of contact bubbles, social distancing and being forced to stay at home, it’s finally time for a new start. On Tuesday, 28 September, VUB will celebrate with an opening session in the gigantic space of the Gare Maritime on the grounds of Tour & Taxis. Rector Caroline Pauwels and chairman of the board Karsten De Clerck warmly invite you as a member of the press to the academic opening session, which starts at 15.00 sharp.

Rector Caroline Pauwels will make things very clear in her speech. She wants to seize the momentum to change the university and society. We must all courageously tackle the many problems - climate, privacy, inequality, racism, fake news, cancel culture, attacks on science - and we must do it together. It can’t wait.

VUB is an urban engaged university. It belongs to young people. So at the academic opening, VUB wants to hear about what they think should be remembered. We don’t throw away the past, because much of it is very good: REuse.

With Caroline Pauwels, we are looking forward to an academic year characterised by renewed optimism, with REthink, REuse, REjoice as an energetic incentive to face the future with an open mind.

Programme - Welcome - Musical act: Ana Diaz - Introduction by Karsten De Clerck, chairman of the board - Speech by students - Musical act: Ana Diaz - Speech by the chairs of the Student Council and the International Student Platform - Musical act: Ana Diaz - Opening address by VUB rector Caroline Pauwels - Closing: Song of No Language, followed by reception To gain access to the ceremony, each attendee must present a Covid Safe Ticket, so please arrive well in advance.

See you on Tuesday, 28 September. Rejoice ! Sicco Wittermans Woordvoerder en persrelaties Vrije Universiteit Brussel Sicco Wittermans Woordvoerder en persrelaties Vrije Universiteit Brussel Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The World Needs You The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it’s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an ’urban engaged university’, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.

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