On November 7, 2009, VU's Graduation annual Ceremony was held at the Park Lane Hotel in Hong Kong. There were 266 graduates this year.


Before the ceremony, the graduates, their families and friends, gathered on the top floor of the Park Lane enjoying the impressive Hong Kong skyline. The programme was opened by a musical performance of a local Scottish bagpipe band. The music played was of Scottish origin and was full of glory suitable for the occasion. The band had been invited to commemorate the Scottish roots of one of the school’s founding fathers.

The programme started with a speech by the Director International office, Drs. Bart Roelofsen. He spoke about the importance of the rise of China and its impact on global business in the 21st century.


The guest of honour of the ceremony was Prof. Dr. El Namaki, founding dean of the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. In his speech, Dr. El Namaki talked about changes graduates had to face in recent years. He encouraged the graduates to prepare themselves to this changing environment. Dr. El Namaki emphasised that it is important for students to keep an open mind, to continuously improve themselves and to have a global vision.


The next speaker was Dr. Dai Xulong, the Vice President of the school. He congratulated all students in Mandarin and English. He also spoke about the future of the school.


Next, all graduates were called to receive their certificates. The MBA and DBA diplomas were issued by the Vice President of Victoria University, Dr. Dai Xulong, and the Director International Office, Drs. Bart Roelofsen.


Then two graduates spoke on behalf of all students, describing their school as a warm family where they had really learned a lot. They said that their beloved school would stay in their hearts forever so there was no need to say goodbye.


Lastly, some group photos were taken. Everybody was delighted at the detailed and careful planning of the event.


We wish all the graduates a successful career full of happiness and joy.