Our thinking needs daring

Think big, Dare big
08 February 2023 |

Everything starts with thought. This is something we've been saying for years – the credo of Ghent University is ‘Dare to Think’. But that’s only half the job. Now more than ever, our thinking needs daring. Full of courage, hope, idealism. Ghent University encourages everyone to take the step from thinking to daring and doing.

Thinking is only half the job

We live in challenging times. The prevailing mechanisms and thought patterns are being questioned more than ever. Society, including its many young people, has been awakened by major social issues such as the rising cost of living, climate change, etc. But thinking is only half the job. More than ever there is a need to do something.

We are therefore launching a plea for people to be more daring. Driven by courage. Hope. Idealism. And a healthy dose of contrariness.

Ghent University is temporarily changing its credo from ‘Dare to Think’ to ‘To Think is to Dare’.

Inside and outside the university

Ghent University is a haven for courageous thinkers. We primarily want to use this symbolic action to invite our students, staff and alumni to turn critical thinking into critical action.

But we also want to encourage everyone to go beyond that: we want them to show a healthy dose of courage in order to help society grow. We will be bringing this message to the streets, our campuses and social media from 13 February.

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