On July 6th, the University of New York Tirana (UNYT) held its esteemed Graduation Ceremony of 2023 at The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The event marked the celebration of the 18th generation of graduating students, and it was graced by the presence of esteemed representatives from Albanian and Turkish institutions, academics, students, and their families.
The ceremony commenced with an opening address by the Rector of UNYT, Prof. Dr. Erkan Erdemir, and was expertly hosted by the esteemed Dean of the Faculty of Economy and Business, Assoc. Prof. Juna. Rector Erdemir, in his welcoming speech, acknowledged the remarkable achievements of UNYT and reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to becoming the leading university in the Balkans.
The Graduation Ceremony was honored by the presence of distinguished individuals from Albanian and Turkish institutions, including Prof. Dr. Birol Akgün, the President of the Turkish Maarif Foundation, Assoc. Prof. Celile Eren Ökten, Vice Minister of National Education of the Republic of Türkiye, His Excellency Mr. Tayyar Kağan Atay, Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye, Mr. Mahmut Özdil, Chair of the Board of Administrations of UNYT, Dr. Albana Tole, Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Anuela Ristani, Deputy Mayor of Tirana for Foreign Relations, and Mr. Mesut Özbaysar, Country Representative of the Turkish Maarif Foundation.
UNYT proudly conferred degrees upon its 18th generation of students, encompassing Ph.D., Master, and Bachelor’s levels of study. Thanks to a fruitful collaboration spanning over a decade with the State University of New York, Empire State College, UNYT was able to provide dual degree diplomas. These diplomas were presented to the students by Mrs. Francesca Cichello, the SUNY ESU Executive Director of International Education.
The evening served as a joyous celebration of the commitment exhibited by students, academics, and administrative staff. In recognition of their dedication, UNYT bestowed awards in various categories, including Best Master Student, Valedictorian, Best Student in the 4-Year Program, SUNY Distinguished Academic Achievement, Best of Majors, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teaching, University Service, and Community.
Throughout the years, UNYT has firmly established itself as a dynamic and multicultural center of excellence in higher education. The University of New York Tirana remains resolute in its commitment to educating the leaders of tomorrow.
Heartfelt congratulations are extended to the esteemed Graduating Class of 2023 for their outstanding achievements!