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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 Munich 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


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    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.

    * Program starts this Monday, June 11 Go into the job market twice as prepared with two independent accredited degrees.

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    Mr. Felix FinkbeinerFounder, Plant-for-the-PlanetSocial Responsibility Award Corporate Social Responsibility Award

    Mr. Manfred WelzelCEO, McDonalds Kinderhilfe Foundation

    Felix Finkbeiner, age 14, was inspired by Wangari Maathai when he developed the idea that children can plant one million trees in each country while he was in the 4th grade. After sharing his vision at the TUNZA childrens conference, Felix was elected by his fellow members to the UNEP Junior Board in 2008. As global citizens they wanted to solve global challenges. Children empower other children through one-day-workshops to spread the word about sustainability. The 14,000 climate justice ambassadors of today want to reach one million by 2020. During global consultations, they have developed a three-point-plan to save their future: 1. Leave fossil fuels in the ground 2. Make poverty a museum exhibition 3. Plant one billion trees In December 2011, the UNEP handed the Billion Tree Campaign to Plant-for-the-Planet. Now the children have the official world tree counter with 12.6 billion trees planted already. They have also invited the industrial sector to support their activities by asking them to pay a Future Fee of 0.1 % per million of their annual turnover.

    Manfred Welzel studied Catholic Theology and Geography. Following his internship at St. Franziskus Secondary School in Olpe, in 1990, he took over management of the association Internationaler Familienkongress Familie ist Zukunft Bonn e.V. (International Family Convention Family is Future). As a corporate consultant, he has worked for a number of organizations, including Malteser Hilfsdienst (Emergency Services) in Cologne. He served as Managing Director of McDonalds Kinderhilfe Foundation from 1997 until he became CEO of McDonalds Kinderhilfe Stiftung in 2007. Under his leadership, the foundation has founded 12 Ronald McDonald Houses, along with a system to organize the work of voluntary staff and professionalization of fundraising activities. Father of three children, Welzel is a member of the Global Advisory Council of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Oak Brook, USA, as well as a guest speaker and lecturer in fundraising at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur.


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    Dr. Axel Munz Owner, Trachten Angermaier Family Business Award

    Dr. Urban Kilian Wissmeier Owner & CEO, Dr. Wissmeier ConsultingLeadership Award

    Dr. Axel Munz studied economics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. After graduating from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, he was a member of a family business operating in the leather apparel industry.Since taking over the company Angermaier in the 1980s and becoming a managing partner, Dr. Munz has turned Angermaier into a market leader in the traditional attire and accessories sector. In the process, he liberated the traditional costume from its dusty image, thus ensuring that traditional fashion is back in modern consciousness. In particular, during festivals such as Munichs Oktoberfest, the majority of visitors today wear traditional outfits. For over 20 years, Angermaier has been creating complete product bundles, allowing young people to re-discover traditional costumes at attractive prices. With creations such as the Worlds most expensive Dirndl decorated with 150,000 Swarovski stones, the Million Dollar Dirndl and the Football World Cup Dirndl, which is at display at the German History Museum, consumers have been able to witness a traditional festive garb transform into sparkling masterpieces. In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Munz is married and has two daughters, the eldest of which has been involved in Angermaier for over two years.

    Dr. Wissmeier started his professional career in a bank as an apprentice. After working there, he went to Munich to begin his studies at the respected Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtt in Munich. Once he completed his basic studies he decided to gain international experience by going to Paris for a year to study the French language and work in a French company. Coming back to Munich he specialized in Strategic Management, Marketing and Market Psychology and graduated Diplom-Kaufmann again at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt. His career path led to a position as a Consultant in an international consulting company (spin-off of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich) and Marketing Director in a multinational company (Sixt Rent a Car, Pullach/Munich). He also went back to University as an Associate Professor and finished his doctorate in International Marketing Strategies. Dr. Wissmeier repeatedly went to the United States for work and conducted a great deal of national and international market research, strategy and marketing consulting projects with companies of different branches and sizes. With strong practical an