VUB thanks 4,500 employees and their families for commitment with biggest staff party ever

No fewer than 4,500 VUB staff members gathered today in Pairi Daiza. Employees past and present, alumni and their families are celebrating the university’s 50th anniversary. "But above all, this day is a token of gratitude for the warmth and commitment that the VUB community exuded during the cold Covid-19 months and the sacrifices they and their families made," says VUB personnel director Raf Devos.

During the corona period, VUB surpassed itself. There was the unprecedented commitment of the entire medical and care staff of UZ Brussel, and the involvement of academic and administrative staff to continue classes digitally during the lockdown. VUB researchers from very different faculties contributed research and scientific work in the fight against corona. Concerned about the well-being of the students, VUB organised a huge phone-in campaign during the last lockdown, in which master’s students in psychology called their fellow students to inquire about their mental health needs and to offer help where necessary. In addition, the university set up a large well-being survey and a digital buddy programme to keep student well-being in its sights.

For all these efforts, as a caring employer, VUB wanted to thank and celebrate its community of employees and their families with a grand staff party in Pairi Daiza.

"The academic year 2021-2022 is all about REthink, REuse, REjoice. Rethinking the world to make it better, to ensure a sustainable future together, but also: to be happy again because we can get back together without too many restrictions. We are experiencing that moment of joy today. In doing so, we are also resuming the festivities around the 50th anniversary of VUB that were planned before the pandemic and which couldn’t take place. After the academic opening, we are together again today and are already looking forward to presenting the honorary doctorates and the Sint-Verhaegen celebration," says VUB rector Caroline Pauwels.

VUB personnel director Raf Devos was happy with the large attendance at this unique moment: "VUB is the largest Dutch-speaking private employer in Brussels. And we are showing that today with almost 5,000 participants in the biggest staff party since the foundation of the university. It is great to experience this ’warm’ day with the entire VUB community without worries or pressure."

Sicco Wittermans Woordvoerder en persrelaties Vrije Universiteit Brussel Sicco Wittermans Woordvoerder en persrelaties Vrije Universiteit Brussel Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The World Needs You The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it’s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an ’urban engaged university’, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.

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