Events & Ceremonies

Opening Academic Year 2017

Opening Academic Year - 4 September
A taste of Red Hot Innovation

Attending the Opening of the Academic Year is a great way to start a new college year together with our students, scientists, employees and partners. The University of Twente cordially invites you to attend its festive Opening of the Academic Year ceremony on Monday 4 September. The theme of this year’s ceremony is ‘A taste of Red Hot Innovation'.

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Recent rankings show that The Netherlands is an innovation leader in Europe and globally. At the same time, there is ample reason for concern. Our investments in innovation are low. How ready are our government, industry and academia to react effectively to sweeping technological developments? How can the University of Twente better position itself in the fierce international competition for research funds to tackle societal challenges?

Keynote speaker Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission, will share his view on research, innovation and competition during the Opening of the Academic Year ceremony. 

The Opening Academic Year will, among others, feature the presentation of our internationally competing student teams, the award ceremony for the 2017 Educational Prize, and music by famed pop band Rondé.

Date:              Monday 4 September 2017
Time:             14.15 – 17.00
Location:       Waaier building, University of Twente

We are looking forward to welcome you on Monday, 4 September.

The entire programme will be presented in English.