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Honorary degrees

The University of Antwerp will confer a number of honorary degrees on Thursday 29 March 2018 at 4 p.m.
On the podium will be Jeffrey Sachs, the world-renowned American economist and authority on economic development and poverty reduction. Four other eminent scientists will also receive a honorary degree.

Presentation of the Honorary degrees 

29 March 2018 
4 p.m., the ceremony will will be followed by a reception.

Register for the academic ceremony  

University of Antwerp, Stadscampus
Aula Rector Dhanis
Kleine Kauwenberg 14
2000 Antwerp
on your way to UAntwerp Stadscampus



29 March 2018 
In the morning the honorary doctors will teach a masterclass.

Follow the masterclasses on 29 March, overview and registrations:

Honorary doctors: overview

Honorary doctors: overview

Sachs, Honorary degrees

  • Professor Jeffrey Sachs
    Honorary degree for General Merit
    Laudation: Rector Herman Van Goethem
    Masterclass: The Age of Sustainable Development

    Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University, New York) helped lay the foundations for the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, later followed by the Sustainable Development Goals, which have advanced thinking on sustainability all around the world. Sachs worked as a special advisor to Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon, the former Secretaries-General of the United Nations, for several years. He currently leads the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  • Professor Upendra BaxiBaxi, Honoray degrees
    Honorary degree in Law
    Laudation: Prof Wouter Vandenhole
    Masterclass: Situating human rights in the postpolitical landscape

    Professor Upendra Baxi (University of Warwick) was nominated by the Faculty of Law. This prominent Indian constitutionalist, who is also an expert in the philosophy of Western law and the founder of a sociology of Indian law, has played a ground-breaking role in legal activism and training.

    Cryan, Honorary degrees
  • Professor John F. Cryan
    Honorary degree in Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
    Laudation: Prof Jean-Pierre Timmermans
    Masterclass: Gut Feelings - The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Physiology and Behaviour

    The Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences will present an honorary degree to Professor John F. Cryan (University College Cork). Cryan, who has already received numerous prizes for his work, studies the interaction between the brain, the gut and the microbiome and how this relates to stress and immune or psychological disorders.‚Äč

Slater, Honorary degrees

  • Professor Michael D. Slater
    Honorary degree in Social Sciences
    Laudation: Prof Heidi Vandebosch
    Masterclass: Four human need, motivation, and goals-based perspectives on Communication

    The nominee of the Faculty of Social Sciences is Professor Michael D. Slater (Ohio State University), a leading communication scientist whose research focuses on media effects and how they are created. In particular, his work examines the influence of media on beliefs and behaviour in the domain of public health.


Smith, Honorary degrees

  • Professor Laurajane Smith
    Honorary degree in Design Sciences
    Laudation: Prof Alex Vanneste
    Masterclass: Affective Heritage Practices

    The Department of Heritage Studies in the Faculty of Design Sciences will honour Professor Laurajane Smith (Australian National University). She has made a substantial contribution to the development of heritage and conservation into a fully-fledged research discipline.