MSM Graduation Ceremony 2017

21 September 2017

On 21 September 2017 the annual Graduation Ceremony of Maastricht School of Management will take place.

During the Graduation Ceremony students will receive their Master of Business AdministrationMaster in Management and Doctoral degrees. More than a hundred students from all across the world will be awarded. The ambassadors of the representing student countries will also attend the Graduation Ceremony to personally congratulate the students of their countries.

Please find below the program:

13. 30 Arrival of guests
14.00 Opening by Professor Wim Naudé, Dean
14.30 Alumnus address: Mr. Frank Kauffmann, General Manager Integrated Project Operations Center, Royal Philips, MSM Executive MBA
15.00 Musical Intermezzo: Variations on an MSM Theme: Composed to accompany the MSM photo exhibition “MSM, Maastricht and Metamorphic Books” by Mr. Remy Syrier (harpsichord)
15.20 Awarding of the Degrees and Awards
16.40 Valedictory speech MBA: Mr. Cristian Tala
16.50 Valedictory speech MM: Ms. Despoina Polyzoidou and Mr. Vineet Rathi
17.00 Closing remarks by Professor Wim Naudé, Dean
17.30 Reception and Party (till 21.00 hrs) at Bergrust, Maastricht

Mr. Frank Kauffmann
Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Frank is a former Airforce Officer who joined Royal Philips in 1992 as sales & marketing manager in a special business unit for military applications. Frank has held various international sales and marketing responsibilities within Philips in Business Electronics, Consumer Electronics, Lighting and Healthcare. After a 1 year special assignment with McKinsey & Company he was  sent to the executive MBA program of MSM where he graduated “with Distinction” in the year 2000. After having been assigned to various general management positions with a specific focus on turnaround management he is currently involved in establishing a new organization and infrastructure to successfully execute the very high complex healthcare solutions that Royal Philips wishes to pursue as part of their strategic direction to move from product & system selling to total solution selling.

Musical intermezzo: Mr. Remy Syrier – harpsichord
Remy Syrier studied organ with Jean Wolfs and harpsichord with Anneke Uittenbosch and Ton Koopman at the Maastricht Conservatory from 1969 to 1974. He continued his harpsichord and organ studies  in Amsterdam with successively Gustav Leonhardt and Ton Koopman. He graduated in 1997 in musicology from Utrecht University and received his doctorate at the same faculty in 2014. His dissertation focuses on the Maastricht organ builders Joseph (1755-1837) and Adam Binvignat (1789-1850). As an organ and harpsichord soloist, he has performed all over the European continent and has made CD recordings of historical organs in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. His performances have been recorded by various television and radio broadcasting companies. Moreover he founded the Ensemble Agimont. This group performs baroque chamber music and especially unknown, mostly unedited compositions. Finally Remy Syrier has taught harpsichord as a principal subject at the Conservatories of Maastricht and Tilburg.

Remy Syrier plays a copy of a Pascal Taskin single-manual harpsichord by the Dutch harpsichord maker Onno Peper. Specification: 2 x 8′, Compass: GG- f3. Pascal Taskin is a member of family of harpsichord makers and musicians in the eighteenth century. Originally from the region of Liège, they worked in Paris. Pascal Taskin was born in 1723 at Theux near Verviers, worked from the sixties in Paris under the celebrated harpsichord maker Blanchet and became after Blanchet’s death his follower as a harpsichord maker to the king.

Attending the Graduation Ceremony is on invitation only. Students and invited guests need to register through the registration link provided on the invitation card before 15 September.

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