According to Rector Dika, sixteen years is a short time period in which to produce great results, but in the Balkans, the success of our university is related not only to educational but also to socio-political and cultural developments. The Bologna process - the most sublime reform of higher education in Europe--is our exact contemporary; we are three years older than Facebook; seven years older than the first I-phone; and we grew up in the era of the technological revolution that enabled globalization to reach unimaginable levels, in which communication, mobility and the free market surpassed the boundaries and opened up a new dimension for universities. On this occasion Rector Dika thanked our international founders, the US, the EU and OSCE for their great contribution to the establishment of this model university for the region. “I am glad that the University Board, thanks, in particular to our international members, has put at the centre of our Strategic Plan the aspiration to advance teaching by integrating support through information technologies. Our experience of this wonderful cooperation, between the international community and the local community, provides the open multicultural and multilingual environment that we are cultivating. Opening our culture and academic offer to all participants through innovation and knowledge has transformed all of us--the academic and administrative staff of SEEU--and our students. We are now a vibrant intellectual community, sharing the values and standards of the joint European Higher Education Area, and convinced that even in these areas is possible to innovate a 4.0 future...”, noted Rector Dika.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia, Hazbi Lika, expressed his appreciation of the importance and role of SEEU in the field of higher education in Macedonia. "Working in the state institutions and in the private companies today are a lot of distinguished staff who are graduates from SEEU", said Deputy Prime Minister Lika.
The President of the University Board, Prof. Dr. Dennis Farrington, highlighted the special role of SEEU. "I have informed His Excellency the Prime Minister, that I for one have come to the end of tolerating ‘ad hoc’ solutions. 17 years of ‘ad hoc’ery is enough. We need to recognise that this University is here to stay, and we now need to be incorporated into a revised structure of publicly-funded universities, under a negotiated arrangement which recognises the cost of providing new forms of higher education in several languages, and sets an acceptable balance between public funding and student tuition fees. You all know we have had some ideas about that, and everything remains open for discussion in an atmosphere of cooperation and goodwill. I set you the challenge that by the time we meet again in a year from now, you will have made significant progress towards that reform. I wish you well and as we say in the UK ‘Happy to Help!’ but really this is the responsibility you all owe to your young people”, said Prof. Farrington.
Also present at the ceremony were representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Macedonia; Rectors of universities from Macedonia; and professors and students of SEEU. On this occasion special awards of appreciation were given, as signs of respect for significant contributions to the advancement of educational values at SEEU. Thus, for their distinguished merits and contributions, Heather Henshaw, Norbert Marx and Abdullah Islamoglu were recognized. The entire activity was followed by an excellent musical performance.