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    THE RESPONSIBLE LEADERLeaders must remember that they are the custodians of societys most powerful institutions.

    They must therefore hold themselves to a higher standard.

    Leadership is about change, hope and the future. Display a commitment to learning and developing yourself.

    If you arent educated, you cant help the uneducated; if you are sick, you cant minister to the sick; if you are poor, you cant help the poor.

    Develop the ability to put personal performance into perspective. Over your long career, you will experience both success and failure. Humility in success and courage in failure are hallmarks of a good leader.

    Be ready to invest in the development of other people. Be unstinting in helping your colleagues realize their full potential.

    Realize the importance of loyalty to organization, profession, community, society and, above all, family. Most of our achievements would be impossible without our families support.

    Assume responsibility for outcomes as well as for the processes and people you work with. How you achieve these results will shape the kind of person you become.

    Balance achievement with compassion and learning with understanding.

    Be conscious of the part you play. Be concerned about the problems of the poor and the disabled, accept human weaknesses, laugh at yourself and avoid the temptation to play God.

    Leadership is about self-awareness, recognizing your failings; and developing modesty, humility and humanity.

    C.K. PrahaladDistinguished University Professor Harvard University

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    Dear Students, Parents and Alumni,

    Welcome to the 2012 European University Barcelona Commencement Ceremony. First of all, I would like to thank you parents for your support of the students; students for your hard work; and all of you for your passion and dedication.

    The world today is changing at a rapid pace. Neither I nor those of you who are graduating today can predict with total certainty what the world will look like in 12 months, much less in five years. I got my degree in 1973. Most of you parents will remember that as the year of the largest Oil Crisis in history. The future seemed especially uncertain and many mornings, we couldnt use our cars because the gas to run them was simply too expensive. But here we are today most of us car owners celebrating this joyous occasion, demonstrating that the challenges that in their moment seemed so daunting eventually fade into distant memories.

    It goes without saying that although all events good and bad inevitably pass, success always comes to those people who are prepared and ready for anything. For this I would like to advise you to always follow the three Ds: 1. Make the Difference; it is as much about being different as it is about making a difference in the world. 2. Be Diverse; do not put blinders on and shut out everything else. It is most important to know a little about everything one never knows when those accordion lessons may come in handy. 3. Distinguish yourself; as the world grows it also shrinks, clients want special attention from a knowledgeable expert so specialize and find your niche.

    Keep this advice in mind and you will possess the basic tools to prosper in this world.

    Please stay in touch with us.


    Dr. Dirk CraenPresident




    European University (EU) and International Business School at Vilnius University (IBSVU), offer a joint Dual BBA degree where students can obtain two completely independent, valid degrees. IBSVU is state-certified and the premier Lithuanian center for business education.For the Dual BBA, students complete six semesters at EU and then one summer semester at EU following the IBSVU curriculum.

    IBSVU is certified by the European Foundation for Management Development, Principles for Responsible Management Education, Consortium of International Double Degrees, International Chamber of Commerce, Russian Association of Business Education, Baltic Management Development Association and the Central and East European Management Development Association.

    Go into the job market twice as prepared with two independent accredited degrees.



    DISTINGUISHED GUESTSMr. Jochum HaakmaGlobal Director of Business Development, TMF Group BVDoctor Honoris Causa Leadership Award

    Mr. Michel MiserezArea Vice President, Marriott Hotel Group, Western Europe

    Mr. Jochum Haakma is a lawyer, former career diplomat; and an expert in the field of Trade and Investment Promotion. In 1986, he served as Commercial Counselor to The Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta and in 1989 as Director of the Indonesian Netherlands Association in Jakarta. In 1995, he followed a postdoctoral course at Harvard Business School. From 1997 to 2006 he served as Consul-General in Hong Kong/Macao and Shanghai. In 2006, he was appointed Managing Director of The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Netherlands. He moved to the private sector in 2007 and was appointed Global Director of Business Development of the TMF Group BV in Amsterdam, where he is currently responsible for the business development and branding of TMF worldwide (with more than 120 wholly owned offices in over 75 countries and with headquarters in Amsterdam) Mr. Haakma is also an advisory board member of the Cathay Pacific China Trade Award and numerous institutions and organizations with a Far East link. He is also the Chairman of the Board of The Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion, Chairman of the China Group of the Holland Financial Center and Chief Advisor Public Affairs European Region for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. He also writes a monthly column in the China Times about cultural differences.

    Mr. Michel Miserez, Area Vice President for the Marriott Hotel Group, Western Europe exudes the confidence, calm and security that only someone who has been in the same company for over two decades can possess. He began working with Marriott after completing his MBA at EU in 1988. The position was fairly entry level and he knew that in order to excel he would need to learn the hotel industry from the ground up. He recalls, They told me, you dont have a hotel degree and dont have much experience so why dont you get dirty and start in night audit? After nine months with Marriott, Mr. Miserez declined a career opportunity with Westin Hotels, convinced that the Marriott culture would serve him better in the long run. His decision paid off and it wasnt long before he began moving from place to place with the company. He held positions in Amsterdam, Budapest, Paris and Hong Kong. In 2006, he became the Vice President of Finance for Continental Europe in Frankfurt and in May of this year left finance for a position as Area Vice President for Western Europe. His advice to students: Get as much practical experience as early as possible within actual companies, in any area of accounting and finance and working with the basics. Then be the best in what you do.



    Mr. David Lizzola General Director, LgurivieraEntrepreneurship Award

    At 34 years old, Mr. Lizzola is a leading player in the fruit and vegetable distribution industry with his company, Lguriviera. The company has an annual turnover of 25 million Swiss Francs. Mr. Lizzola, who began working in the sector at age 16 with an administrative apprenticeship at the grocery chain Coop, worked his way up the ranks and eventually purchased the company from his former boss. From its main headquarters in Villars-Sainte-Croix (close to Lausanne) and another location in Vevey, Lguriviera delivers fruit and vegetables to over 600 establishments daily all over Switzerland. Restaurateurs and hoteliers have watched with astonishment as this young entrepreneur has rapidly risen to dominate the B2B market in fruit and vegetable distribution, crediting him for the discovery of several new products and exemplary customer service. Mr. Lizzola truly exhibits the determined spirit of an entrepreneur and continues to find ways to generate new ideas within his company.

    Ms. Agipa Monobayeva Head of International Programs, T.Ryskulov Kazakh Economic University King Fellow Award

    As Head of the Office of International Programs at the Kazakh Economic University, Ms. Agipa Monobayeva has expanded opportunities for its students throughout the world. Thanks to her networking and extensive travels throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, students at the Kazakh Economic University have the chance to do dual degree programs and mutually accredited Bachelors and Masters level courses in a number of respected institutions including the European University network. Ms. Monobayevas role is reflective of the growing investment of the Kazakh government toward education and expanding educational opportunities for Kazakhs not only in their home country but across the globe. The T. Ryskulov Kazakh Economic University was founded in 1963 and is the leading economic university in Kazakhstan. It offers training and continuing education courses in economics, finance and management at Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral levels.



    Mr. Peter Van den AbeeleOff-Road Manager, International Cycling Union