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Graduation Week: “The Beginning of Everything”

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Published on Monday, 16 December 2019

University Celebrates More than 1,300 Graduates in 2019

From 10 to 13 December, the University hosted its “Graduation Week”. In a series of festive ceremonies, Bachelor, Master, and doctoral students who completed their studies in the academic year 2018/2019 received their diplomas. Overall, 640 Bachelor and 528 Master students as well as 126 doctoral candidates graduated from the University of Luxembourg in 2019.

It was an occasion to celebrate the students’ achievements as they launch into the next phase of their studies or into their professional life. It was also an opportunity to reflect on the University’s role. Prof. Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg said: “More than ever, universities play a role in a functioning democracy. They ensure an environment of rigorous, factual and independent reflection. […] Their freedom and autonomy are essential for democracy and peace. We are fortunate to live in a country that cherishes these fundamental values. […] We thank the Luxembourg government for its visionary investment in higher education and research. It is the best investment possible, in you, your future and indeed our future. […]”

Prof. Pallage also encouraged the graduates: “The conferment of degrees is certainly one of the most cherished moments of your life. In English we say ‘commencement’ because it is the end of nothing and the beginning of everything. Another life begins here and believe me, there is a beautiful life out there beyond this auditorium.”

FSTC

205 students graduated from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication on 10 December. The keynote speech was given by Dr. Amy Chambers from the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) on communicating science in entertainment.

FDEF

On 11 December, 532 students graduated from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance. Prof. Katalin Ligeti, dean of the faculty, extended her warmest congratulations and reminded the graduates to “be bold, innovative and to make a difference.”

FLSHASE

423 students graduated from the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education on 12 December. The faculty celebrated its first graduates from the Master in Architecture that was launched two years ago.

 

The University also honoured 70 graduates who completed vocational and lifelong learning courses and the first eight graduates from the University of Luxembourg Competence Centre’s (ULCC) “Bachelor en Comptabilité et Fiscalité.”

Doctoral Candidates

126 doctoral candidates graduated from the University’s three faculties and three interdisciplinary centres on 13 December. In an inspiring keynote speech, Dr. Jean-Luc Lehners from the Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics (Potsdam, Germany) took “a short trip to the beginning of the universe.” Two graduates received the “Award Fondation Auguste Laval” for outstanding thesis: Max Wolter (Docteur en Physique) and Finn Babbe (Docteur en Physique). Eight doctoral theses were completed in cooperation with the Luxembourg Institute of Health, the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg.

Awards for Outstanding Achievements

A number of graduates from a range of disciplines received awards for outstanding achievement. The Prix Portabella Excellence Académique and Prix Portabella Excellence Mobilité as well as the OAI Award for Architecture were presented for the first time this year. All awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of partners:

Association da Vinci

Banque de Chine (Luxembourg) S.A.

Barreau de Luxembourg

Economist Club Luxembourg

Fondation Auguste Laval

Fondation du Mérite Européen

Fondation Nicolas et Jean-Paul Lanners

INVESTAS a.s.b.l.

Les Amis de l'Université du Luxembourg

Société mathématique du Luxembourg

M. Josef Azizi

Ordre des Architectes et des Ingénieurs-Conseils Pictet & Cie (Europe) SA

SGI Ingénierie SA

Zonta Club Luxembourg

 

Prix Germain Dondelinger

Maya Olszewski, Master in Information and Computer Sciences
Vladimir Zabolotskiy, Master of Science in Quantitative Economics and Finance
Arnaud Van Laere, Master in European Governance

Prix Portabella Excellence académique

Vincent Wolff, Bachelor en Sciences et Ingénierie – Filière Mathématiques
Arnaud Geyer, Bachelor en Gestion
Cédric Stammet, Bachelor en Cultures Européennes – Filière Histoire

Prix Portabella Excellence et Mobilité

Ayham Bawadekji, Bachelor en Ingénierie – Filière Électrotechnique
Lara Jacoby, Bachelor en Sciences Économiques et de Gestion
Isabelle Périard, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

 

Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication

Da Vinci Award

Laurent André, Bachelor en Science et Ingénierie – Filière Ingénierie

Zonta Club Luxembourg Awards

Lisa Reccius, Bachelor en Ingénerie – Filière Europäisches Baumanagement

Best Mobility Award

Aleksander Vatov, Bachelor en Science et Ingénierie – Filière Ingénierie

Lanners Prize Award

Lena Merges, Bachelor en Sciences et Ingénierie – Filière Physique

Luxembourg Mathematical Society Award

Zhu Fa, Master in Mathematics
Marc Thines, Master en Enseignement Secondaire – Mathématiques
Tom Welter et Vincent Wolff, Bachelor en Sciences et Ingénierie - Filière Mathématiques

Aldin Bahović, Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Megastructure Engineering with Sustainable Resources

OAI Award

Charel Backes, Master of Science in Civil Engineering – Megastructure Engineering with Sustainable Resources

Aldin Bahović, Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Megastructure Engineering with Sustainable Resources

Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance

Prix du Barreau pour le/la major de promotion du Bachelor

Jessica Almeida Cesa, Bachelor en Droit

Zichen Xiao, Master of Science in Banking and Finance

Economist Club Luxembourg Award

Vladimir Zabolotskiy, Master of Economics and Finance

Investas Prize

Constinela Ciocoui, Master of Science in Banking and Finance
Alain Maniraguha Mutesi, Mater of Science in Banking and Finance

Pictet Prize

Laurent Kops, Master in Wealth Management

Prix Azizi

William Alexandre Toublanc, Master en Droit et Contentieux de l’Union Européenne
Gwenn Gissinger, Master en Droit et Contentieux de l’Union Européenne
Annerick Schwatgen, Master en Droit et Contentieux de l’Union Européenne

Prix de la Fondation du mérite européen

Jeanne Barreau, Master European Economic and Financial Criminal Law

Prix du Barreau pour le la major de promotion du Master

Marlies Thea J Goovaerts, Master in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law

 

Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education

Charlemagne Youth Prize

André Linden, Master en Histoire Européenne Contemporaine
Philippe Moulin, Master en Histoire Européenne Contemporaine

Prix de la Fondation du mérite européen

Charel Koenig, Master in European Governance

Translating Cultures Prize

Daniela Loghin, Master in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts
Veronika Lovrits, Master in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts

OAI Award

Dragos Ghioca, Master in Architecture