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Opening academic year 2019/2020

26 September 2019opening academiejaar

At 10:30 on 26 September 2019, higher education in Antwerp made a festive entrance into the 2019/2020 academic year with a formal session in the Stadsschouwburg. 

The ceremonial opening by the Antwerp University Association has traditionally been scheduled for the first Thursday of the academic year.

At that time, the universities and university colleges were proceeded to the Stadsschouwburg on the Theaterplein. They were welcomed by the members of the Antwerpse Studentenharmonie (the Antwerp student symphonic band).


Speakers during the ceremony, which were followed by a reception on the square, were included Mayor Bart De Wever, Rector Herman Van Goethem and the chair of the Association, Robert Voorhamme.

The presentation and its artistic frame were provided by students and lecturers from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp. 

Speech Herman Van Goethem (pdf, 496 kb) 


The student-style opening Studay was scheduled for Thursday afternoon and evening in Spoor Oost.