2024 honorary doctorates


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Multiple cultures, universal rights

15 February 2024


In 2025, UCLouvain and KU Leuven will celebrate their 600th anniversary together.

On Thursday 15 February 2024, to mark the 600th anniversary of the founding of the University of Leuven (1425-2025), KU Leuven and UCLouvain jointly awarded honorary doctorates to

A philosopher committed to “the rights of others”, a musician who celebrates democracy, a traditional chieftain who devotes her life to women’s rights: these three individuals, who will soon be honoured by the two sister universities, invite us to think about and celebrate the diversity of cultures and the cosmopolitanism of rights through justice, culture and education, through reflection, art and action.

In 2025, joint honorary doctorates will be awarded at KU Leuven, in Leuven.

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Relive two days with the honoured personalities


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Portraits of the three honoured personalities