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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania on the twenty-fifth anniversary of its re-establishment

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[notice noticeType=”info”] Shown here is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) when he was conferred an honorary doctorate from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania during his first trip to Lithuania in November 2013. To the right of Mr. Ban is Zigmas Lydeka, Rector of the University. UN Photo/Evan Schneider[/notice]

 

On April 25, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement offering his warmest congratulations on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the re-establishment of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

In his statement, UN Secretary-General said:

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

Pictured is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) outside Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania after the conferral of his honorary doctorate. The Rector of Vytautas Magnus University,  Zigmas Lydeka, is shown with the UN Secretary-General.  UN Photo: Evan Schneider

Pictured is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) outside Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania after the conferral of his honorary doctorate. The Rector of Vytautas Magnus University, Zigmas Lydeka, is shown with the UN Secretary-General. UN Photo: Evan Schneider

On that occasion, he 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 the research, outreach, and alumni.

He stated, “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.”

In his closing statement, he added:

“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 success.”

Here we see UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivering a lecture at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania in November 2013. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Here we see UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivering a lecture at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania in November 2013. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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