It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Inauguration of the 2022-2023 academic year. This meeting will take place on 1 September 2022, in our main building at the Johanna Westerdijkplein.

The mission of The Hague University of Applied Sciences is to contribute to society through high-quality education and research connected to real-life practice. That is why we train students at THUAS to become critical, flexible and agile professionals who are used to thinking beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines. 

To achieve this, we cooperate closely with our external partners. This leads to fascinating questions: what exactly is ‘co-creation with the professional field’? How do we promote co-creation? How does it benefit our students? Can they really make themselves useful to society this way? And does it sufficiently meet the requirements of the future labour market? That is the theme of this year’s Inauguration of the academic year. 

Ingrid Thijssen, chair of the employers’ organisation VNO-NCW, will deliver the keynote speech. She is an expert on co-creation with the professional field. Ingrid is the perfect person to share her vision on this subject with us. 

Based on the new institutional plan, Executive Board Chair Elisabeth Minnemann will discuss the course of The Hague University of Applied Sciences for the next five years (2023-2028). She will explain that co-creation with the professional field is one of the main pillars of the plan.

THUAS students and staff members have not been idle in the past year. This has resulted in a number of special achievements. At the end of the meeting, we will reflect on these and take the time to acknowledge some of our students and staff members.  We would like to celebrate this together and we hope to see you in September!

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1 September


Auditorium of our main campus at Johanna Westerdijkplein. Reception at the square.


3.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Reception at the square - with music by DJ Sjoerd van den Berge
4 p.m. - 4.10 p.m. Opening in the auditorium 
4.10 p.m. - 4.25 p.m. Our New Course - Elisabeth Minnemann 
4.25 p.m. - 4.35 p.m. Spoken word artist Zaire Krieger 
4.35 p.m. – 5 p.m. Keynote speaker - Ingrid Thijssen
5 p.m. - 5.25 p.m. Award-winning THUAS 
5.25 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. Closure
5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. Drinks

The event will be moderated by THUAS student Hadiatou Barry.