Miami University bestows birthday honours
Luxembourg's Yves Mersch received an honorary degree from Miami University's Dolibois European Center as part of its 45th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday.
The member of the European Central Bank's Executive Board was awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree.
Accepting the award at a ceremony at Luxembourg's “Conservatoire”, Mr Mersch explained that he quit his academic career because of a change of government in Luxembourg. “In 1974, I came back to Luxembourg to enter into the civil service. I never finished my Phd from that point of view, I think it's nice to have one now,” he joked.
The lawyer and former governor of Luxembourg's Central Bank congratulated the university on its anniversary, describing the benefits its centre has brought to both young students coming to Luxembourg and Luxembourg students studying at Miami University in the US.
“Most of all what you contribute is you teach people how stifling it can be to think inside the box. That's most important and it encourages you to continue to tell young people to think outside the box,” he said.
Miami University's John E Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) was founded in Luxembourg in 1968 when the university sought a location for a center abroad. Mr Dolibois was born in Luxembourg before his family emigrated to the US when he was 12. While working as head of alumni for Miami University in the US, he suggested the Grand Duchy, prompting the start of a 45-year relationship.
Today, the center in Differdange welcomes more than 300 Miami students per year where they study humanities, arts, business, history, French or German for a minimum of one semester. Since the center was opened, more than 10,000 Miami students have been educated in the Grand Duchy.
During the anniversary celebration, MUDEC presented MUXLUX awards to MUDEC Assistant Dean Raymond Manes, AMCHAM President Paul Schonenberg and President of MUDEC Alumni Association Luxembourg Chapter Antoine Scholer.
Differdange mayor Claude Meisch received the President's Medal, a replica of the medal worn by the university president during inaugurations and celebrations.
“As mayor of Differdange, Claude Meisch has been a dynamic, forward-thinking partner and strong supporter of Miami University,” Miami University President Dr David Hodge said, adding: “Through his help MUDEC enjoys exceptional facilities and obtained partnerships allowing Miami students to become engaged in local life and culture.”