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University of Basel

25 November 2016

Eight honorary doctorates at the Dies Academicus 2016

(Image: University of Basel, Peter Schnetz)
(Image: University of Basel, Peter Schnetz)

At the 556th Dies Academicus, the University of Basel awarded honorary doctorates to eight figures from academia and society. Those honored included, inter alia, writer Thomas Hürlimann, museum director Sam Keller and medical historian Barbara Duden.

In her speech to mark the University of Basel’s 556th anniversary, president Professor Andrea Schenker-Wicki took the opportunity to reflect on current findings from interdisciplinary research into happiness and to ask which factors affect not only individual life satisfaction but also happiness at a country and regional level. She emphasized the important role that universities can play, in particular by providing young people with high quality training and by boosting regional added value through innovation and the creation of high quality employment. The university not only contributes to the happiness of an individual but also to the happiness of an entire region. She also made an appeal to policymakers: “Take care of your university, because it contributes a great deal to life satisfaction and happiness in this region.”

Two women and six men

At this year’s Dies Academicus, the faculties of the University of Basel awarded honorary doctorates to eight figures from academia and society.

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