SEEU Rector Zamir Dika, President of the Board Dennis Farrington, and Provost Paul M. Foster hosted the President during his visit. In addition to President McRobbie, Indiana University was represented at the ceremony by First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, Vice President for International Programs David Zaret, and Director of International Alumni Relations Eric DeHann. McRobbie was also present in Tetovo in November 2001 when SEEU officially began operations.
Doctor Honoris Causa Michael A. McRobbie, stated: “It is an honour to be back here in Tetovo at South East European University in the Republic of Macedonia, just ten short years after the university was founded in 2001. I am proud to have been here at the beginning and even prouder to return for the great honour that you bestow upon me. There may be no greater honour that a university can give than to invite one to join the ranks of its graduates, and I am deeply grateful.”
“It is important to remember that SEEU is truly an institution of the 21st century. You are the makers and shapers of your university’s traditions. You are building a culture of intellect that will provide the foundation upon which the next generation of scholars and teachers can continue to build. And you are the guardians who will ensure that the structures you create will best serve the faculty and students of SEEU long into the future,” said Doctor Honoris Causa Michael A. McRobbie.
Indiana University and South East European University have enjoyed a decade of collaboration and cooperation. In 2001, USAID awarded Indiana University a major grant to assist the university in its early phase of operations. In 2004, USAID awarded IU a second grant to focus on increasing the quality of its programs. During this period of cooperation, over 40 SEEU academic and administrative staff have visited Indiana University and participated in training programs, Master and Ph.D. studies. Moreover, over 15 Indiana University professors and administrators have visited Macedonia during this time.