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This year’s academic opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday 27 September 2016 in BOZAR. Rector Paul De Knop will hand over the torch to rector-elect Caroline Pauwels. ‘Break down the walls’ is the topic of the ceremony. An open minded university must connect with the city and the world.   


Please register at the latest by 20 September. 



  • topic: Break down the walls | VUB & the city, VUB & the world
  • host: Jeroen Roppe (BRUZZ)
  • welcome by Paul Dujardin, CEO BOZAR
  • guest speeches by Assita Kanko & Geert van Istendael
  • music: Bent Van Looy
  • statement by the students
  • speech by Prof. Paul De Knop, rector VUB 2008-2016
  • opening speech by Prof. Caroline Pauwels, rector VUB
  • closure by Eddy Van Gelder, chairman of the board VUB


You are kindly invited to the reception (in Square) that follows the ceremony