VUB rector Caroline Pauwels is Brusselaar of the Year
The rector of the Dutch-speaking Brussels university has ‘stuck her neck out’ for the city, says organisation
Bringing the uni closer to the city
The Flemish rector was chosen, said Geert Dehaes of be.brusseleir, because of her work to get students and staff of the university – many of whom commute from outside – more involved in the city. She has also led the university in working more closely with businesses and organisations located in Brussels.
“She was very much in the public eye this year,” said Dehaes, “and she stuck her neck out for this city. She also brought the university closer to the people.”
The musician Mars Moriau, meanwhile, was chosen as Brusseleir vè et Leive, or Brusselaar for Life. As part of the group Emballage Kado, he writes and performs songs in the Brussels dialect.
Photo: Caroline Pauwels and Mars Moriau at the be.brusseleir ceremony
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