Succesful opening of Leiden University College The Hague
Leiden University College The Hague (LUC The Hague), the new international honours college of Leiden University, has officially opened its doors on Wednesday 29 September with a festive ceremony in Theater Diligentia in The Hague.
The first group of involved and enthusiastic students comprise of 25 different nationalities who all started their studies in September. During the opening ceremony they made an important contribution to the program.
After a short welcome by Prof.dr. Chris Goto-Jones (Dean of LUC The Hague), Flip Kylian Adams took the stage as chair of the Student Council. He spoke of his experiences at LUC The Hague and what this means to him. His fellow students Cecilia Diemont, Jules van der Sneppen and Anouk van Loo were honored to introduce Prof.mr. Paul van der Heijden (Rector Magnificus of Leiden University), Jozias van Aartsen (Mayor of the City of The Hague) and Prof.dr. Jouke de Vries (Academic Director of Campus The Hague).
After his speech Jouke de Vries invited Chris Goto-Jones on stage to hand him the keys to the College.
This moment was followed by the first ' Jouke de Vries Best Application Essay Award'. All LUC The Hague applicants in 2010 had to write a 600-word essay as part of their application. All essays were then entered for the ‘Jouke de Vries Best Application Essay Award'. This award is named after Jouke de Vries, in recognition for all he has done in the past years to make LUC The Hague possible.
The nominees were Rosalind Lowe, Marc Nelissen and Digna Ruitenbeek. Marc Nelissen won the award with his essay ‘Nationality: Product of our imagined communities’. He received a certificate and free literature for the first year of his studies.
The first part of the program concluded with a short film showing the student’s first weeks at LUC and the construction of the Student Housing. The second part of the program commenced with the LUC The Hague Choir’s first appearance. They gave a wonderful performance of ‘We are the World’ conducted by Dr. Cissie Fu.
This performance was followed by the ‘Global Challenges Today’ Question & Answer session with Prof.dr. Rey Chow ( Duke University), Prof.dr. Andrew Hurrell (Oxford University) and Prof.dr. Simon Conway Morris (Cambridge University), led by Chris Goto-Jones. LUC students prepared some very intelligent questions involving Global Challenges, which the professors shared their views on with the audience.
At the drink reception that followed, a time of networking for the students, their parents and the guests of honour took place.
Among the 450 guests were the Mayor and Aldermen of The Hague, the Executive Board of the University of Leiden, the LUC students themselves with their parents, representatives of international institutes like the International Criminal Court, the Peace Palace and embassies, and various top officials from the business sector.
LUC The Hague is proud to look back on a successful Grand Opening!