Opening 2015-2016 Academic Year

On Monday 31 August 2015 Leiden University will celebrate the opening of the 2015-2016 Academic Year in the Pieterskerk in Leiden.


The Executive Board of Leiden University is pleased to invite you to attend the opening of the 2015-2016 academic year on 31 August 2015, 15.00 hrs., Pieterskerk Leiden.

A simultaneous English translation of the ceremony will be provided.

The opening ceremony will be broadcast live.

If you wish to be present, please fill in the online registration form.

Who does the university belong to?

Professor Stefan Collini

Professor Stefan Collini

After the procession of the Leiden student and study associations and the Executive Board, the keynote speaker and the Deans of the faculties, Professor Carel Stolker, Rector Magnificus and President will welcome all the guests.
This will be followed by the opening address, to be given by Stefan Collini, Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature, University of Cambridge. His address is entitled: Who does the university belong to?

Stefan Collini is a fellow of the British Academy and a frequent contributor to The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Nation, and other periodicals. One of his famous publications is What Are Universities For? (2012). This book will be available to buy in the Pieterskerk.

Engage The Hague in the Teachers' Academy

Dr Ann Marie Wilson

Dr Ann Marie Wilson

Dr Ann Marie Wilson of Leiden University College, Campus The Hague Faculty, will present her Teachers' Academy project Engage The Hague.

LUC students are trained to think critically about a range of pressing social issues. In Engage The Hague through a variety of volunteer opportunities, internships and service-based learning programmes, they put their ideas into action by participating in practical, collaborative efforts to improve the lives of their neighbours in The Hague.

2015 Gratama Science Prize

At the opening ceremony the 2015 Gratama Science Prize will be presented by Professor Wim van der Does, president of the Committee for Academic Expenditure of the Leiden University Fund , and Jan Gratama, president of the board of the Gratama Foundation.

Music and reception

The Leiden Student Choir and Orchestra Collegium Musicum will perform Dark Night of the Soul van Ola Gjeilo, a piece for chamber choir, string quartet and piano. 

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Pieterskerk, at approximately 16.30 hrs.

Registration and information

If you wish to be present at this event, please complete the online registration form. Personal entrance cards will not be issued on this occasion.

Information: Rosalien van der Poel, Chief of Cabinet. Tel: 071 527 31 45.

Further reading

Stefan Collini to open academic year 
Engage The Hague
Ann Marie Wilson
Gratama Science Prize
Leiden Student Choir and Orchestra Collegium Musicum

Last Modified: 28-08-2015