So Long from Switzerland

Vice Chancellor celebrates the success of University of Derby graduates in Switzerland.

Professor John Coyne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby, took time out of his busy schedule to attend the recent graduation ceremonies within the Swiss Education Group. John attended graduations at IHTTI in Neuchatel and SHMS in Caux, where the achievements of students from over thirty nationalities were celebrated.

These were the last graduation ceremonies that John will be attending as Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby as he prepares for the handover to his successor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, who will be joining the university later this year. In his addresses, John emphasised the important contribution, to the University of Derby, that our collaborative arrangements make, the significance and value of keeping in touch with fellow students and, in evidence of his lifelong learning commitment, borrowed an Aristotle quote -“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” - from the student address at the first ceremony. Needless to say, being a true academic, he acknowledged his source!

John’s final words at a University of Derby graduation ceremony were fitting not only in the Swiss location of delivery but in the timing of events in his tenure as Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby.

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!