On Monday (20 September 2010), the South East European University marked the beginning of the new academic year 2010/2011 in a solemn ceremony. At the “first academic class,” the Rector of SEEU, Prof. Dr. Zamir Dika, wished a welcome to new students, mentioning this as an important day for both students and the university.
“If you have problems during your studies, then I am the main guilty party,” said Rector Dika, by guaranteeing students that the university will provide the best study methodology, best professors, the most contemporary environment in the region, and most importantly “the student is in the center” during their studies at SEEU.
“We know how to treat you in a special manner. We request from you to be good, hard working, interested and curious students that ask questions, give critical thinking and be active in learning. If we jointly, and with responsibility, play our roles properly, then I assure you that from this amphitheater will be created wise leaders, successful mangers, prominent professionals and above all, decent citizens of a new Europe based on knowledge” said Rector Dika.
In the name of the Provost’s Office, the Pro-Rector for Academic Issues, Paul Foster wished a warm welcome to new students in the campus. “We, the University administration and academic staff pledge to you that we shall put your interests first and offer you first-rate service and academic programs. This is our duty to you. You on the other hand, must pledge to us to be honest, conscientious and hard-working students – to attend classes regularly, to participate actively in class and above all else, open your minds to the world of learning and new ideas,” said SEEU's Provost, Paul Foster.
The President of the SEEU Student Union, Mr. Pajtim Thaçi, said to his fellow students that he and the Union that he represents will be the ones that will protect the students’ interests. “With your decision to study here at this university you have made the best selection,” said Pajtim Thaçi.
After “the first academic class,” students have had meetings with Faculty representatives, where they have received information about study programs, the way of organizing studies, teaching methodologies, manner of knowledge assessment, resources in disposal, as well the study rules and infrastructure.