Graduation and Inauguration Ceremony 2019

On 4 October 2019, the Graduation and Inauguration Ceremony for students of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights took place in the Grand Ceremonial Chamber at the University of Vienna. It was a truly memorable celebration of our students’ academic achievements and the cultural diversity is characteristic for this graduate programme.

Regina Hitzenberger, the Vice Rector of the University of Vienna, delivered the Opening Address where she congratulated the students for their excellent academic performance. It was a great pleasure to have Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE, as our honorary speaker this year.

Manfred Nowak, our Scientific Director delivered an inspiring speech, starting with the motto of this year’s art biennale in Venice: “May you live in interesting times” and referred to recent developments in the international world, such as the Fridays for Future movement. Click here for the graduation speech of Manfred Nowak.

During the graduation ceremony, nineteen students from fifteen different countries were awarded their diplomas. The Student Representatives of our sixth generation of students, Linda Fiene and Rozelien Van Erdeghem, delivered a heartfelt and sincere speech that awoke the best memories of their fellow classmates from the past two years.

The ceremony proceeded with our Academic Coordinator Marijana Grandits’ inspiring speech of “Looking Back and Ahead” that turned the focus of the ceremony to the new generation of students.

Led by our Programmeme Manager Georges Younes, the new students took their oath like their predecessors:
"Respecting, protecting and promoting the universality and indivisibility of all human rights for all; striving for a strong community bonding us together across all backgrounds, borders and time; deeply believing that a true culture of human rights can only be cultivated through mutual respect, tolerance, understanding, and life-long learning."

This year, due to a great number of outstanding applications, five scholarschips were awarded. The “Hermann and Marianne Straniak Scholarship” was  awarded to Levan Abramishvili from Georgia, Heba Bawaieh from Jordan, and Mivida Evangelic Wadad Bou Assi from Lebanon.

The "Austrian Control Bank Scholarship" was awarded to Antonia Obrvan from Croatia and Sara da Silva Oliveira from Portugal.

We wholeheartedly congratulate all graduates and wish them a great future in their academic, professional, and personal endeavors, and we warmly welcome our new generation of students to the family of human rights and wish them wonderful and fruitful two years ahead!