Surrealism at Academic Opening VUB (26th September 2017)

Rector for one week Jana Goyvaerts co-opens

‘Pas si sûr ce réalisme’ is the theme for the academic opening 2017-2018 of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The official start to the academic year will once again take place at BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts Brussels) in the heart of the capital. We cordially invite you to the opening. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday September 26th at 2pm sharp. Please register yourself at the reception desk of BOZAR. A part of the academic opening speech of rector Caroline Pauwels will be held by rector for one week, student Jana Goyvaerts.

Rector Caroline Pauwels will hold a plea for more utopia in the world and in science. Who better than the pride of Brussels, Arno, to underline that statement musically? The academic opening of Vrije Universiteit Brussel will take place in the spectacular Henri Le Boeuf hall at BOZAR. A procession of biking students, professors, scientists - including Caroline Pauwels and Jana Goyvaerts - will depart from the VUB campus in Etterbeek at 1pm. They will arrive at Paleizenplein around 1:15pm.


·         Your host: Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse

·         Welcome word: Sophie Lauwers, BOZAR

·         Message from the students: Jimmy Hendry Nzally and Daniel Van Den Broecke

·         Academic opening speech: prof. Caroline Pauwels, rector VUB

·         This is not an honorary doctorate for René Magritte

·         Music: mini concert Arno

Drinks reception at Bozar

Following the ceremony there will be a drinks reception with ‘The vanished Magrittes’, a unique exhibition with copies and destroyed paintings of Magritte (in cooperation with the Magritte Museum - Jette).

Academic opening 2:00pm, 26th September

Reception desk BOZAR

Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel

Do you have specific wishes, want to speak to rector Caroline Pauwels of Jana Goyvaerts? After the official ceremony there will be an opportunity to interview Caroline Pauwels. Please contact the VUB Press Office for more information.

About 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. 

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