Sept. 17

Diplomas and Awards presented to BMI International EMBA Class of 2020

BMI celebrated the graduation of another impressive cohort of high-level managers (Class 20!) from its prestigious International Executive MBA programme on 17 September. The ceremony at the old City Hall in Vilnius was attended – some physically and some remotely – by academic authorities of BMI and its international partner schools, families and colleagues of the graduates, and BMI alumni.

“You have invested 18 months of your time and energy to build your better selves – a better decision makers, better partners, and truly inspiring leaders, and I’m sure you have benefitted. This is your day today and now it’s time for greetings and celebration!” BMI Director General Jurga Bendikaitė-Ursavas told the group of 31 executives.

Speakers included BMI’s Co-chairmen and Academic Dean, the President of BMI Alumni Association and representatives of the graduating class. They spoke about the learning and networking value of life in the family-like BMI community, the school’s international growth and recognition, and of course the challenges and opportunities that the current COVID-19 pandemic has brought.

Professors from around the world, who are among the most distinctive aspects of the BMI EMBA and are highly rated by participants, sent special video greetings to the gathering.

Three graduates received special awards:

  • Simonas Krėpšta, Chief Economic Advisor at the Office of the President of Lithuania, won the Best Diploma Paper Award.
  • Vilius Šemeta, Director of Techology at Orlen Lietuva, won the special HEC Paris award for the best Diploma Paper in Strategy
  • Živilė Savickaitė, Chief Development Officer at UAB Infrastruktura LT, won the Best Grade Average Award.

The BMI EMBA class 20 include managers from international business organizations and national institutions. They bring the total number of graduates since the programme began in 1999 to close to a thousand high-powered executives.

The BMI was born over 20 years ago to manage a consortium of leading European business schools in delivering a unique EMBA programme. With strong international partners like HEC Paris and Louvain School of Management and local support from Vytautas Magnus University BMI grew into a management institute in its own right, with its own growing international name.


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