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Dies Natalis

The Dies Natalis, the anniversary of the university, is celebrated on 29 January. Every five years there is a special celebration, in which honorary doctorates are awarded.

Recent examples


2021 Inclusion and diversity

In the coming years, enhancing Diversity and Inclusion will be one of the priorities of the new University of Humanistic Studies strategic plan. Our goal: to create an inclusive, diverse and safe learning and working environment where everyone feels at home and where a diversity of perspectives is deliberated and included. This is how we enhance the quality of education and research. At this Dies, staff, students and alumni engaged in an online dialogue with the American professor Anthony Pinn of Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work includes the book When Colorblindness isn't the Answer. Humanism and the challenge of Race.


2020: Inspiring leadership. Beyond the rules

In an increasingly complex world, the call for leadership is understandable. But what does this complex time actually demand of leadership? In the Dies lecture on 29 January, Professor Gerda van Dijk (VU Amsterdam) gave a sketch of leadership qualities and pointed out how important it is not to subordinate human values to short-term results, rules and systems.


2019: The Art of Listening and Deaccelerating Our Way of Life

On 29 January 2019, the University of Humanistic Studies celebrated its sixth anniversary with the Dies Natalis: The Art of Listening and Deaccelerating our Way of Life. During this ceremony, honorary doctorates were awarded to three renowned scientists, each of whom is a great source of inspiration for the university's research and teaching: George Fitchett, Philip Kitcher and Hartmut Rosa. Journalist and columnist Sheila Sitalsing delivered the afternoon’s keynote address.


More examples can be found on our Dutch web page.


The Dies Natalis, the anniversary of the university, is celebrated on 29 January. Every five years there is a special celebration, in which honorary doctorates are awarded.