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Opening Celebration of the Elinor Ostrom Building

Thursday 8 February saw the official opening of the Elinor Ostrom Building, the new home of the Nijmegen School of Management.

Jan-Kees Helderman, Associate Professor of Public Administration and host for the occasion, introduced Paul Hendriks, Dean of the Nijmegen School of Management, Wilma de Koning as Vice President of the Executive Board and Hubert Bruls as alumnus and Mayor of Nijmegen. During the short speeches, the speakers commented on the possibilities that this modern, transparent building has to offer for the School of Management. They also highlighted the difference with Thomas van Aquinostraat. Or as Paul Hendriks explained: “the main reason students were unable to complete their studies on schedule was because they couldn’t find their way round the TvA.”


The Dean also received an amusing gift from Wilma de Koning: a characteristic grey brick from the old building in Thomas van Aquinostraat. Jan-Kees Helderman also talked about the person behind the building’s name, Elinor Ostrom: a political scientist and the first female winner of the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences.

When the official proceedings were over, attention shifted to culture. The building also has a professionally designed theatre: ‘C’, that can be used for cultural and science events. There is also a new catering facility, similarly called ‘C’, and situated on the ground floor next to the theatre. They provided the catering for the drinks reception for the event.

For photos and video footage of the opening, click here.

Curious to see what the Elinor Ostrom Building is like? You are more than welcome to visit us on 2 June, when the Nijmegen School of Management will be holding an Open Day for family, friends, former employees and alumni. The new building will be open throughout the afternoon, giving you the chance to take a look around and reminisce with current and former employees from the various study programmes.

We will send you further details of the programme and a link to the registration form nearer the time.