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Dr. Laima Andrikiene, Member of the European Parliament, awarded with the Honorary Doctorate degree of Kingston University

January 17, 2007

Dr. Laima Andrikiene, MEP was awarded with the Honorary Doctorate degree and diploma of Kingston University on January 17, 2007. "Kingston University is pleased to recognise the outstanding contribution of Laima Andrikiene to the building of the new European knowledge society with the award of Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa", said Prof. Mary Stuart, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kingston University.

More than one thousand graduates, professors, guests, as well as the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania H.E. Mr. Vygaudas Usackas, Chair of the Lithuanian Community in Great Britain Ms. Zivile Ilgunaite, Secretary of Mykolas Romeris University Dr. Gintaras Aleknonis, guests from Lithuania participated in the ceremony, commenced at Barbican Centre in London and led by Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kingston University Professor Mary Stuart.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kingston University Professor Mary Stuart and Honorary Doctor of Kingston University Dr. Laima Andrikiene. Barbican Centre, London, 17 01 2007.

Dr. Laima Andrikiene, MEP in her speech at the ceremony noted: "I am from the new Europe, which certainly differs from the old one. The differences are many – different languages, traditions, historical experiences. But by naming our differences I would like to point out that there are many more things that connect us rather than divide us from one another. Secondly, it is exactly due to differences we are interesting to each other so much. Thirdly, I have no doubt that in those differences, in the integration and networking of those differences our common power lies".

"Integration of different knowledge and experiences can bear unexpected and very positive results. That is why I see EU enlargement and European integration not only as deleting dividing lines drawn by the politicians of the past, but first of all as the creation of new opportunities, new push forward, better possibilities to handle the challenges of globalisation, abilities to find better solutions to the problems of Europe that is getting older and failing in the global competition", noted Honorary Doctorate of Kingston University, Member of the European Parliament Dr. Laima Andrikiene.

After the ceremony (from the left): Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in the UK H.E. Mr. Vygaudas Usackas, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University Prof. Mary Stuart, Honorary Doctorate of Kingston University Laima Andrikiene, MEP, Dean of Law and Business Faculty Prof. Phillip Samouel and Professor Richard Ennals. Barbican Centre, London, 17 01 2007.