Rector Magnificus Elmer Sterken officially opened academic year 2018-2019 during a ceremony in the Martinikerk on Monday 3 September. The focus of the opening was on sustainability and ecology, a topic that Rector Magnificus Elmer Sterken therefore addressed in his welcome speech. The establishment of the Global Center on Adaptation received a particular mention, with Sterken saying how proud he was that this centre will be located in Groningen and Rotterdam, with a network of staff and experts all around the world. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the Center on 17 October 2018, when he will also receive an honorary doctorate from the UG. This is for his achievements in the field of sustainability, the realization of the UN Paris Agreement in particular.
It was the first time for Dr. Rossen to join the ceremony as a professor.