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Amsterdam University College will celebrate its 10th Dies Natalis on Friday, 27 September at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

Event details of Dies Natalis 2019
Date 27 September 2019
Time 15:30 -19:00
Amsterdam University College Lustrum Dies Natalis 10

Celebrating AUC's 10th anniversary

During the programme, AUC will look back on the experiences and achievements of staff, students and alumni during the first 10 years. Throughout the evening, there will be speeches, lectures, videos and interactive elements for guests to enjoy, with current students and alumni prominently featured. A celebratory drink and light refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of the ceremony.


The evening will be hosted by Gerylaine Campos (Alumni and External Relations Officer, AUC) and Huan Hsu (Senior Tutor, AUC).

Time Event
15.30 - 16.15: Arrival & welcome drink
16.15 - 18.15: Dies Natalis Ceremony
  Musical opening
by Eva Bottinga & Marie Chaplet
  Opening and Word of Welcome
by Prof. Dr. Murray Pratt
  Dies Talk: "Which truth do you need to hear?"
by Saga Norrby
  Discussion of shadow education and study cultures
by Leon Lan & Khaled Tamimy
  Perspectives from the VU & UvA
by Prof. Dr. Vinod Subramaniam & Prof. Dr. Geert ten Dam
  Video reflection on AUC's first 10 years
by Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende & Dr. Ramon Puras
  Interactive Q&A
led by Dr. Niels van Manen & Huan Hsu
  Alumni panel discussion
with Sahar Afzal, Jan-Willem Bruggeman & Sanne Hettinga
  Musical interlude
by Eva Bottinga & Marie Chaplet
  Keynote address: "Rethinking Excellence for the Future of Liberal Arts Education"
by Prof. Dr. Teun Dekker
18.15 - 19.00: Reception

Speakers and guests of honour

Speaker Title
Prof. Dr. Murray Pratt Dean, AUC 
Prof. Dr. Vinod Subramaniam   Rector Magnificus, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. Geert ten Dam President of the Executive Board, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende    Founding Dean of AUC 
Dr. Ramon Puras Former Acting Dean and Vice Dean of AUC
Dr. Niels van Manen Lecturer, AUC & VU
Huan Hsu Senior Tutor, AUC
Prof. Dr. Teun Dekker Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education, University College Maastricht [Keynote]

AUC alumni contributors

Alumni Class and contribution
Sanne Hettinga Class of 2012, Panelist
Jan Willem Bruggeman Class of 2016, Panelist
Leon Lan Class of 2018, Speaker
Khaled Tamimy Class of 2018, Speaker
Eva Bottinga  Class of 2018, Musician
Marie Chaplet Class of 2018, Musician
Saga Norrby Class of 2019, Speaker
Sahar Afzal Class of 2019, Panelist


KIT Royal Tropical Institute
Mauritskade 63
1092 AD Amsterdam


Questions about AUC's 10th Dies Natalis celebration can be sent by email using the link below. 
Please note that attendance at this event is by invitation only.