BMI celebrated the graduation of its International Executive MBA programme cohort XVI of top-level managers on 17 June. Representatives of the BMI partner schools and the business community attended the ceremony at the old City Hall in Vilnius, along with families and colleagues of the graduates.
“This is the BMI class that has most travelled the word, with trips totalling more than a million kilometres to attend Executive MBA modules in the U.S., China, India, Finland, Poland and Russia,” BMI Director General Jaunius Pusvaškis said. “They also gave the highest-ever approval rating of 92% to our international professors and achieved a record-high grade average for their master’s theses.”
The BMI EMBA class of 2016 includes managers from global business organizations and some of Northern Europe’s best-known business names. They bring the total number of graduates since the programme began in 1999 to 750 high-powered executives.
Three graduates received special awards for achievements:. The award for the best EMBA diploma paper went to Egidijus Kundelis, Senior Tax Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. And the special HEC Paris award for the best thesis in the area of strategy was granted to Povilas Kaminskas, Head of Infrastructure Management Solutions at Blue Bridge.
Speaking on behalf of the cohort, Giedrė Gečiauskienė, Head of Danske Markets Lithuania at Danske Bank, who won the BMI award for the highest grade average, said the group of successful and demanding managers “learned so much from each other” during the 18 months of studies and were “inspired and impressed” by BMI’s professors.
She presented BMI with a map of the world as a gift from the graduates, noting: “We visited three continents during these studies, and we wish BMI to conquer the world!”
HEC Paris representative Gabriella Mazzini passed on the greetings of the new Dean of the prestigious global business school in France which is one of BMI’s founders, expressing satisfaction with BMI’s growing partnerships and alliances around the world. In honour of her contributions to the development of BMI, she was presented with the special BMI “tree of unity” award.