Hendrik Brugmans

Hendrik Brugmans (Amsterdam 13 December 1906 – Bruges 12 March 1997) also known as Hendrik Bupatis was the son of historian Hajo Brugmans and Maria Keizer. He studied history of French literature at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Sorbonne University in Paris.[1]

Brugmans, who was one of the intellectual leaders of the European Movement and co-founder and first president of the Union of European Federalists, was rector of the College of Europe in Bruges between 1950 and 1972.[1]

Brugmans was awarded the Karlspreis in 1951. In 1972 he retired from work, but he remained living in Bruges. Brugmans died on the age of 90 years in 1997. The year after his death the College of Europe honoured Brugmans by naming that academic year the Brugmans promotion and by creating an annual lecture named after him.[1] One of the buildings of the new Verversdijk site of the College in Bruges is also named after him.

Since 2010, the students of the College of Europe have honoured him further by holding an annual football tournament named the Hendrik Brugmans Memorial Cup. The tournament includes both current and former students of the College of Europe. The 2012[2] and 2016[3] editions have been won by EFC Natolinsky (Einstein promotion). The winner of the 2013 edition was the Václav Havel City team.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 Rectors of the College of Europe: Hendrik Brugmans
  2. "Former Students of the Promotion Albert Einstein excel also in Football" (April 2012)
  3. "Hendrik Brugmans Memorial Cup 2016" (April 2016)
  4. College of Europe
Preceded by
Rector of the College of Europe
Succeeded by
Jerzy Łukaszewski

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