UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Congratulated VMU


Vytautas Magnus University has received a letter from His Excellency the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulating the university on its 25th reestablishment anniversary.

The UN Secretary-General, who visited the university when he was awarded the VMU Honorary Doctorate in November 2013, sent his best regards and said he was ‘deeply impressed’ by the university’s ‘distinguished faculty, the academic rigour and, above all, the dynamic student body’. The letter also expressed support of the university’s contributions to the UN’s global goals.

The full text of His Excellency’s letter follows below.

Message on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Re-Establishment of Vytautas Magnus University

I am pleased to offer my warmest congratulations on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the re-establishment of Vytautas Magnus University.

I attach personal significance to this occasion, having had the honour of visiting your renowned institution just last November, when I was privileged to accept an honourary degree on behalf of the many dedicated staff members of the United Nations.

On that occasion, I was deeply impressed by the distinguished faculty, the academic rigour and, above all, the dynamic student body.

Vytautas Magnus University has contributed to the global goals of the United Nations through its research, outreach and alumni. I count on future generations of students to engage even more closely with the international community as global citizens with a shared concern for our common future.

As you look back on the proud history of Vytautas Magnus University since its re-establishment, I trust you will continue looking ahead at how to strengthen its tradition of solidarity across the region and around the world.

Please accept my best wishes for your continued great success.


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