Opening Academic Year 2023-2024

Monday September 4, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Please watch the livestream below

On Monday, September 4 (15:00 - 16:45 hrs) TU/e will open the academic year 2023-2024. This year's theme is 'Building future earning power for the Netherlands and Europe through technology-driven transitions'.

Keynote speakers are Diederik Samsom (Head of Cabinet for Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans), Marieke Blom (Chief Economist ING) and Peter Wennink (CEO ASML). 

Please note: the interest for the event is tremendous. Therefore, the Blauwe Zaal is open for invites only. An entrance ticket is mandatory; without a ticket, it is not possible to enter the Blauwe Zaal. The ceremony will be live-streamed as well in the Senaatszaal.


The Opening of the Academic year is live-streamed here and in cooperation with Science|Business.


The world is facing significant transitions, with the climate and energy sectors presenting the most pressing challenges. However, these transitions also present a unique opportunity to achieve future earning power, with a strong competitive position and numerous high-quality jobs. We need to achieve a balanced earnings model, prioritizing environmental, social, and societal responsibility. But how can we realize this in time without disrupting our prosperity? This question will be at the heart of the Opening of the Academic Year in Eindhoven, with special attention for the role of the Brainport Eindhoven region, the main innovation ecosystem of the Netherlands. The speeches will be followed by a panel discussion with experts.

Outline program

15:00: Opening 

15:05 speech Diederik Samsom, EC Head of Cabinet

15:15 speech Marieke Blom, ING Group

15:25 speech Peter Wennink, CEO ASML 

15.35 panel discussion with other special guests 
16:00 Offer Chair of the Future
16:10 speech and opening academic year, TU/e rector Silvia Lenaerts
16:30 end of the program