The Honorary Doctorates – a short introduction
Every year, KU Leuven awards Honorary Doctorates to persons of exceptional merit in the scientific, social and/or cultural fields.
In 2021, the ceremony, called the Patron Saint’s day, could not take place live. KU Leuven hopes that the 2022 celebration can go ahead. Then the honorary doctorates of 2021 will also be able to receive their honorary doctorate physically. As students, we also nominate an honorary doctor every year. But, who are they?
Honorary Doctor 2022: Philippe Grandjean
Last year, the GA chose physician and environmental epidemiologist Philippe Grandjean to receive the 2022 honorary doctorate. He specializes in the health consequences of exposure to environmental chemicals. Currently, his research focuses on the link between exposure to chemicals and behavioral development, the immune system and metabolic abnormalities. You can read more about Grandjean here.
Honorary Doctor 2021: Kate Raworth
Her research focuses on the relationship between economic growth and today’s challenges such as social inequality, global warming and the disadvantage of developing countries. She is also known for her book “Doughnut Economics. Find out more about Raworth at kateraworth.com
The awarding of an honorary doctorate is accompanied by a so-called laudatio. This is a speech of praise
in which the supervisor of the honorary doctorate explains why this person deserves an honorary doctorate. Every year, the Student Council President records a laudatio for the honorary doctor of the students. The laudations are usually published around the Patron’s celebration.
Curious about the other honorary doctorates of ’21 and ’22, or want to know more about the Patron Saint’s Day? Check the KU Leuven website.
KU Leuven chooses to continue to give students the opportunity to physically come to classes, but with the recommendation to occasionally follow online as well. In this way you help reducing the number of people in the auditorium. If you come to the auditorium, try to sit according to the stickers if the room allows it. This arrangement will apply to every KU Leuven campus, provided that the local crisis cells do not decide to adopt other measures.
“I hope that this way, on a voluntary basis, we can maybe factually go to 40-50% occupancy“, the Rector said.
Note: if there is really no other way, we may still have to stiffen measures, but with this joint effort, we are doing everything we can to allow classes to continue physically until the block period.
Why does the KU Leuven choose to proceed in this way?
Currently, work lectures and labs will continue to be organized as you are used to. For excursions, it will be examined whether they are an essential activity for achieving the learning objectives.
Sels: “Here we do a risk assessment in which we will do the maximum possible to continue [excursions]”.
Soon, Vice-Chancellor of Sustainability Gerard Govers will write a new Sustainability Policy Plan together with the Sustainability Council. Our Sustainability Officer Liesa Vosch is also involved in this process. At the General Assembly on November 12, 2021, the FOs decided to submit the following points of interest from the Student Council for inclusion in the Sustainability Policy Plan: