Vesalius College officially started its 25th anniversary year with the Dies Natalis on Saturday 15 September 2012.
In 1987, Vesalius College (VeCo) opened its doors as an exciting new English-speaking undergraduate institution, run by a Dutch-speaking university – the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – with Boston University (BU) as a founding partner. VeCo’s academic and cultural DNA was firmly established with its key dominant traits: Belgian, American, cosmopolitan, liberal arts, free thinking. These roots have continued to form the foundation of the College’s mission, academic and institutional culture, and student life.
In order to do justice to this happy anniversary, the College planned an array of events and activities during the 2012-2013 academic year for the College community in its broadest sense, bringing together current students, alumni, future students, faculty in the various departments, the university, and friends of the College. These events kicked off with the Dies Natalis on 15 September 2012, followed by a student and alumni gala, a number of conferences, a film festival, a potluck dinner, and a 25-hour charity run.