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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to open 2018-2019 Academic Year

During the official opening of the 2018-2019 Academic Year on Monday 3 September, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer will talk about Europe and the future of our continent in a turbulent and unpredictable world. He will do this in the form of a lecture and a discussion with Imane Maghrani, an alumna of World Politics and Global Justice at our university.

In the Pieterskerk the academic year will be opened, true to tradition, by the procession of students, professors and administrators, after which there will be several speeches and musical performances. 

The future of Europe

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer will first give a talk on how he views the future of Europe. He will then enter into discussion with Imane Maghrani, an ambitious woman who is Education Executive at the Prince‚Äôs Trust in London. How does she (the younger generation) regard the future of our continent, compared with De Hoop Scheffer?

De Hoop Scheffer is professor of International Relations and Diplomatic Practice (Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University). Imane Maghrani  is an alumna of World Politics and Global Justice, and a former student of De Hoop Scheffer.

Programme and registration

Vice-Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl will give an update on  Challenges in Education, and student music company Sempre Crescendo  will provide the musical interlude. Rector Magnificus and President of the Executive Board Carel Stolker will perform the opening and closing formalities. The ceremony will end at around 17.00 hrs with a reception, to which you are very welcome.

For more information on the opening, please go to the detailed programme
If you would like to attend the ceremony, please register before 24 August.

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