Countdown to Radboud100

From 8 May, we will celebrate Radboud University's 100th anniversary. Until then, we will take a trip down memory lane with 100 quotes: one quote from each year. Dive into the archives of the university to find out what happened during the past 100 years of Radboud University. Will you join the exploration?

What was it like to study or work at Radboud University? Who were the important, or perhaps forgotten, names in the history of the university? And which events changed their lives?

The #Radboud100 quotes tell you these stories. About then and now, about the beautiful and less pretty moments in history, and about the similarities and the differences. About 100 years of Radboud University.


“A student is not a human being like any other. He is a privileged human being, privileged by his parents, and privileged by society. And anyone thus placed above others must be fully aware of this fact, and understand why he has been placed in such a privileged position, as well as what this asks of him.”

  • Willy Reuser in an article entitled ‘University, Student and Society’, in which he also states that “... For otherwise, he is at risk of grossly neglecting and failing to meet the expectations that others are justly entitled to have of him.”
  • Vox Carolina


“Singing, violin, cello, piano, and whatever else there may be. So that one can, as a change from Métropolo, where one can always go to hear atrocious music exquisitely performed, sometimes come to the student association to hear exquisite music performed, well…, more or less atrociously.”

  • On the opening of the Muziekclub.
  • Vox Carolina


“Our Academic ‘high days’, with their stately splendour of sober togas and berets, and the ever-renewed attraction of the granite Beadle, are garnering ever more attention.”

  • On the transferral of the rectorship, which took place on an annual basis, and attracted much curiosity and attention.
  • Editorial, Vox Carolina


“May a feeling of trust also grow between you and me, and may this feeling form an important first step towards fruitful labour.”

  • Professor of Roman Law Bernard Hermesdorf concludes his inaugural lecture with a word to his students (27 April)
  • During World War II, Hermesdorf was Rector Magnificus. He played an important role in the University’s closure in 1943.


“No criticism of professors, other lecturers, authorities, or the moderator. A solemn promise to not write or publish any articles aimed to discredit the established student association Carolus Magnus, unless expressly approved by the Rector Magnificus.”

  • Editorial piece in the first issue of the student magazine Vox Carolina.


“Whoever else obtains their doctorate degree here, now or in future, our first honorary doctor will always be Canisius, to whom we can trace the establishment of this University.”

  • Professor Gerard Brom on a monument in honour of Sint Petrus Canisius in the Hunnerpark, Nijmegen.
  • Jaarboek der R.K. Universiteit te Nijmegen (1926-1927).


“As soon as a shipment arrives, whatever is immediately needed is set aside, while the rest is temporarily moved to the storage rooms (…) These rooms are now filled with veritable pyramids of books.”

  • Librarian Herman de Vries de Heekelingen about the former university library.
  • Quoted in De Gelderlander.


“Another related phenomenon is the high percentage of female students who have enrolled (20%) (…) In this context, I would like to express a wish for happiness and a wish: a wish for the happiness of the young Catholic ladies (including the sisters) who have proved willing to make serious use of the opportunity for development granted to them by the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen.”

  • Jos Schrijnen in his speech on the occasion of the transferral of the rectorship, a position that he would have liked to occupy for longer than one year.
Opening universiteit 1923


"We need brilliant people for our increasingly blossoming and thriving Catholic life, both economical and religious."

  • Daily newspaper De Maasbode in its special University edition, celebrating the launch of the first Catholic university in the Netherlands. Dutch Catholics were severely underrepresented within, for example, public administration, the legal profession and the medical sector. With their own university, they wanted to promote the emancipation of Catholics in The Netherlands. On 17 October 1923, Radboud University (then called Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen) was officially opened on the Keizer Karelplein in Nijmegen.