Alumni network welcomes University of London graduates

07 September 2017

Speaking at the Graduation Ceremony, Dr Stiasny OBE said:

‘On behalf of all academics and staff at the University of London, I congratulate you all on reaching the end of what must have been a long, difficult, and enlightening journey. Today’s graduation pays homage to your momentous achievements in securing an award from the University of London.’

Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of LondonShe added: ‘I look forward to meeting many of you today and again in years to come, in your new roles, when I hope you will attend our Alumni events, which we organise around the world through the University of London International Programmes Alumni Network. As graduates, you have automatically become members of this Alumni Network.’ [Photo right: Dr Mary Stiasny]

Dr Vandana Lulla, also speaking at the ceremony, said:

‘I am delighted to see so many happy faces, and I am proud of you, the talented students, and everything that we have envisioned and strived for in this Institute comes full circle on this day, and more importantly in each one of you.’

She added: ‘I would like to share some thoughts by Harriet Tubman, "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." So be a dreamer and change the world and strive higher. Change is the only constant thing in the ever-changing, ever-revolutionizing 21st century.’

Notes to editors


Binda Rai
Head of Corporate Affairs, University of London International Programmes
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About the University of London

  • The University of London was established in 1836 by Royal Charter. It is made up of 18 Member Institutions, including the LSE and nine research institutes.
  • The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
  • Today, students of the University of London International Programmes can choose to study from a suite of 100+ academic programmes either through self-study or through a support from local teaching institutions.
  • The Global MBA and the Masters in Professional Accountancy are two of the latest additions to the offer.
  • The University of London, through its International Programmes is the ‘world’s largest classroom’, with 51,000 students in 180 countries, and over 1.2million learners studying its short courses through the Coursera online platform.
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