It was privilege for me to attend in person the official Opening of the academic year 2015-2016 in Tilburg University, and to learn from the experience, wisdom and visionary thinking of people like Dr. Koen Becking, President Executive Board, Professor Emile Aarts, Rector Magnificus, Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University, and Dr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission.
The Rector delivering his speech
The atmosphere of strong commitment to basic human values, innovative approach and firm resolution to build up Tilburg University’s contribution to our civilizational development fully justified the theme of the academic ceremony: ‘Advancing Society’.
I sincerely wish success to the Rector – Professor Emile Aarts, in accomplishing his ideas about how to awaken the Sleeping Beauty.
As for the impressive tapestry in the university’s Auditorium (above) , my interpretation would be:
Whatever choices you have made during the statistically average 17K days and 17K nights of your human presence on our planet, you will leave your unique and ineradicable footprint on the road of the human civilization. It does not matter how big or how deep this footprint is.
The only thing that matters is the direction you have walked.