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Honorary degrees

Thursday, 4 April 2019 

On Thursday 4 April 2019 at 4 p.m. the University of Antwerp will formally confer four honorary degrees for scientific merit and one for general merit. The ceremony will be preceded by masterclasses led by the honorary doctors: 

  • Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize winner 2018)
    Honorary degree for general merit: in recognition of his expertise and accomplishments in the field of gynecology and maternal health care, and more specifically his actions with regard to sexual violence as director of the Panzi Hospital.
    Nominator: Rector Herman Van Goethem
  • Prof Mathias Dewatripont (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
    Honorary degree in Business and Economics: in recognition of his contributions in the field of the theory of incentives and his scientifically based policy contributions to the prudential regulation of financial institutions.
    Nominator: Prof Jan Bouckaert
  • Prof Heidi Larson (London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine)
    Honorary degree in Medicine and Health Sciences: in recognition of her expertise in the field of vaccine confidence and hesitancy.
    Nominator: Prof Pierre Van Damme
  • Prof Jane Lubchenco (Oregon State University)
    Honorary degree in Science: in recognition of her expertise in the field of marine ecology and environment science.
    Nominator: Prof Filip Meysman
  • Prof Xavier Maldague (Université Laval)
    Honorary degree in Applied Engineering: in recognition of his expertise in the field of infrared thermography.
    Nominator: Prof Gunther Steenackers


Thursday 4 April 2019

Location ceremony

University of Antwerp, Stadscampus
Aula Rector Dhanis
Kleine Kauwenberg 14
2000 Antwerpen
On your way to Aula Rector Dhanis 


  • Register for a masterclass, 4 April 2019 
    Regsiter online from 1 March 2019 
  • Register for the ceremony, 4 April 2019, 4 p.m. 
    Register online from 1 March 2019