Photographer:Fotograaf: Loraine Bodewes Fotografie
It was his very last foundation day speech as rector, during the celebrations in the St. Jans church last week. He will be stepping down in June. Professor Gerard Mols availed of the opportunity to reveal the outlines of Maastricht University’s new strategic programme, and also to express his strong support for the position of human sciences position within the UM. Co-operation between Randwijck (FHML, psychology and neurosciences) and the inner city faculties is of the greatest importance, he felt, because the UM wants to take a more multi- and interdisciplinary approach. Along those lines he also held a vigorous defence for academic freedom and university autonomy. To his own surprise, Limburg governor Theo Bovens got up when the meeting was nearly over, and decorated Mols with a royal honour.