International Hellenic University: Graduation Ceremony 2016
In a touching ceremony, the International Hellenic University has celebrated the graduation of its 204 postgraduate students at the Vellidis Conference Center on Saturday, 14 May 2015 in front of family members, friends, faculty and VIP guests.
This year graduates come from twelve different countries: Greece, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Lithuania, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
During the ceremony, the conferment of an Honorary Doctorate was awarded to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Burkhard Hess, Director of the Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg, for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. Professor Athanassios Kaissis, the Director of Legal Studies, presented the award to Professor Buckhard Hess.
Professor Burkhard Hess, in his inspiring speech, said: “The collaboration between scholars from different European jurisdictions in a common academic tradition is an important part of this common culture which is the backbone of a peaceful and united Europe”.
The award of the postgraduate degrees followed, together with the announcement of special awards to those students who excelled in their studies.
On behalf of the International Hellenic University Alumni, Mr Giorgos Goniadis, graduate of the ‘MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability’, mentioned the opportunities offered to him to be creative on his own terms during his studies at the International Hellenic University and added that “there is one way of thinking that leads to success: treat problems as challenges and focus on ways to solve them through creativity and cooperation. We are too young to fail!”’.
Pelin Gungor, graduate of the MA in “Black Sea Studies”, dedicated her speech to her late father and said: “I am happy to be involved with IHU and be a member of the community. It has played a great role in my personal journey. I have realized my stereotypes and got over them. Diversity is the word when I recall my experience.”
The graduation ceremony concluded with the speech of Professor Costas Th. Grammenos, President of the Governing Board, who after mentioning the positive evaluations of the University by external academic evaluation committees, congratulated the graduates and their families, urging them to “open sails” and start their journey.
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Burkhard Hess | Director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law
Burkhard Hess, born in Worms, Germany in 1961, became founding and executive director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in September 2012.
He studied law at the Universities of Würzburg, Lausanne and Munich and graduated in Munich in 1990. After being granted Venia Legendi in civil law, civil procedure, private international law, European law and public international law in 1996, he held chairs at the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg. He was a guest professor in Beijing, in Paris (Sorbonne) and in Georgetown, and served as a part-time judge at the Court of Appeal of Karlsruhe.
Professor Hess often acts as an expert and advisor to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and national governments. Recently, he has evaluated the European Insolvency Regulation and the Brussels I Regulation. He has also contributed to the drafting of the proposal for the Regulation on the European Attachment of Bank Accounts.
He is the author of various books on German and European civil procedural law as well as co-editor of IPRax and of Kölner Kommentar zum Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahrensgesetz. He is Chairman of the ILA Committee on the Protection of Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law.