The new academic year kicked off on Monday with the Opening of the Academic Year. The theme this year was happiness and resilience of young people, especially students. What does the corona crisis do to their well-being? What do they need now? VU alumna Jacobine Geel discussed this with four leading VU professors: Heleen Riper, Arne Popma, Hein Daanen and 'happiness professor' Meike Bartels.
There was a call to invest in young people. "They are not only the future, we can also learn so much from them", said Mirjam van Praag in her keynote. Initiatives of our own committed talents were shown, such as the students of VU@ease who offer fellow students a listening ear. The winners of the Kuyper Award with their app that measures susceptibility to addiction, the leaders of New Urban Collective who 'empower' young people, and the VU dream team ProFit, which is committed to a fit campus.
Furthermore, you could enjoy an inspiring column and spoken word by Free Writer Babs Gons, with musical accompaniment by Shishani Vranckx. The Orville Breeveld ensemble provided the musical accompaniment to the Opening of the Academic Year.