Leiden University College The Hague officially opens new college building

LUC The Hague made two significant leaps forward in its development this year: the college welcomed a cohort of 200 new students and moved to its permanent location. During the Grand Opening over 400 distinguished guests, students and faculty members came together to celebrate this great milestone in LUC The Hague’s history!

The Grand Opening was attended by over 400 distinguished guests.

The Grand Opening was attended by over 400 distinguished guests.

Ceremony

After a welcome by Professor Jos Schaeken (Dean of LUC The Hague) the many students and guests who attended the ceremony were addressed by Professor Jouke de Vries (Dean of Faculty Campus The Hague), Professor Simone Buitendijk (Vice-Rector Magnificus of Leiden University) and Ingrid van Engelshoven (Deputy Mayor of the municipality of The Hague) who all spoke with pride about the College and its new developments.

His Excellency Mr Frans Timmermans, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered an inspiring keynote speech themed on ‘Knowledge as a Global Challenge in times of information overload’ and engaged in a Q&A session with the LUC students in which he shared his personal experiences as a student.

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His Excellency Mr Frans Timmermans, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered the keynote speech.

His Excellency Mr Frans Timmermans, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered the keynote speech.

Student participation

LUC The Hague’s new building is more than ‘just’ a college building, it is home to LUC’s students and so it is only fitting that the students should havethe chance to share their experiences during the opening. Christine Everaars, Chair of LUC’s Student Association Fortuna, hosted the ceremony together with the Dean and introduced the ‘Voices of LUC’, a group of students who shared their touching - and at certain instances hilarious - stories of life as an LUC student.

LUC’s media team LUC.ID created an amazing video, showcasing the Anna van Buerenplein building and its student community:

Opening Act

The official opening was performed by Professor Carel Stolker (President of the Board and Rector Magnificus of Leiden University) and Mr Jozias van Aartsen (Mayor of The Hague) and triggered the start of a video which ended with a bang of confetti and ‘global challenges globes’ flying through the air.

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Professor Carel Stolker (President of the Board and Rector Magnificus of Leiden University) and Mr Jozias van Aartsen (Mayor of  The Hague) officially opened the new college and residential building.

Professor Carel Stolker (President of the Board and Rector Magnificus of Leiden University) and Mr Jozias van Aartsen (Mayor of The Hague) officially opened the new college and residential building.

Reception

The opening ceremony ended with a reception which allowed the guests to explore the building and the different theme rooms linked to the Global Challenges of Peace, Justice and Sustainability, to visualise LUC The Hague’s academic programme. The rooms were decorated by LUC students especially for the occasion.

Professor Jos Schaeken, Dean of LUC The Hague, looks back on a successful event: 'I would like to congratulate students, staff and all other participants on a wonderful and inspiring event. LUC The Hague certainly feels like it has arrived now, at the Anna van Buerenplein. A place where with the help of Leiden University and the municipality of The Hague, we can begin educating the next generation in an even more vibrant and fruitful way than we have done in the past.'

Anna van Buerenplein

More information about the custom-built college and residential building at the Anna van Buerenplein can be found on our Anna van Buerenplein webpage 

Additonal pictures of the Grand Opening can be found in our Photo Album Grand Opening Anna van Buerenplein.

Last Modified: 14-11-2013