Exhibition on Campus The Hague opens in City Hall
Saskia Bruines, alderman for Education, Knowledge Economy and International Affairs in The Hague, and Erwin Muller, Chair of Campus The Hague, opened an exhibition about 20 years of Campus The Hague on 4 September. The exhibition in the Atrium of City Hall in The Hague focuses on the links between the University and the city of The Hague, and will run until 21 September. Entry is free.
Leiden University turned 444 this year and one of the ways in which we are celebrating this is with an exhibition in the Atrium of City Hall in The Hague. At the opening of this photo exhibition, Erwin Muller referred to the theme of links between Campus The Hague and the city of The Hague: ‘The University is 444 years old, and we have been in The Hague for 20 years and will remain there for at least another 100 years,’ he said. He explained how Campus The Hague has grown in 20 years from a few members of staff and students to a fully fledged second home of Leiden University with five locations, 17 degree programmes, over 500 members of staff and 5,300 students. Thanks also to the support of the Municipality of The Hague.
Good for the city
Alderman Saskia Bruines represented the Municipality at the opening. She began her speech by congratulating the University on its 444th anniversary. ‘The students have made our city a much livelier place, which is good for it. I am pleased and proud of the good collaboration in the area of research because it is hugely important for politicians and policymakers to be able to use academic research to tackle challenges.’
Bruines also praised the ‘beautiful buildings’ of the University, which are contributing to the growth and development of the Central Innovation District, the economic heart of The Hague. She mentioned student accommodation as a point of concern: ‘It hasn’t proved possible to provide accommodation for everyone. I would call on the people of The Hague to see if they wouldn’t be able to rent out an attic room for a certain period of time.’ She ended her short speech by thanking her predecessor, Ingrid van Engelshoven, for all her efforts to boost the growth of Leiden University in The Hague.
The opening was followed by a reception, which gave visitors the opportunity to network and admire the exhibition.
Text: Minke Holleman
Photos: Nicole Romeijn
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