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University of Liechtenstein degree ceremony – doctorates and special prizes awarded

169 students leave the University of Liechtenstein this year. At the 2014 degree ceremony of the University of Liechtenstein on Friday, 26 September, three doctorates were conferred and prizes were awarded to eight leaving students for exceptional achievements.


169 students leave the University of Liechtenstein this year. At the 2014 degree ceremony of the University of Liechtenstein on Friday, 26 September, three doctorates were conferred and prizes were awarded to eight leaving students for exceptional achievements.  



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The successful doctoral candidates – Dr Markus Spiegel, Dr Simon Zäch and Dr Sonia Lippe Dada


Rector Klaus Näscher and the Chair of the University Senate, Professor DI MAAS Peter Droege, conferred the degrees in the faculties of Architecture and Business Economics on the university leavers attending the ceremony. For the sixth time the ceremony also involved the award of doctorates – on this occasion to three candidates in the faculty of Business Economics: Markus Spiegel from Feldkirch (Austria) and Simon Zäch from Bulle, Switzerland, both specialising in Entrepreneurship and Management, and Sonia Lippe Dada from Germany, specialising in Information and Process Management.



Klaus Näscher, Rector of the University of Liechtenstein


‘In 2007 we embarked on a close partnership with the University of Liechtenstein, and set up a Hilti Chair. Our aim was to establish a basis for practical cooperation between academe and industry, and that is what we have achieved: more than 250 students to date have completed BA, MA and doctoral courses. This diploma gives university leavers a solid basis for the future,’ declared Dr Christoph Loos, Chief Executive Officer of the Hilti company, in his keynote speech.



Keynote speaker Dr Christoph Loos, CEO of Hilti AG


Exceptional achievements

Eight university leavers in all were awarded prizes by Liechtenstein and Swiss companies and associations for their exceptional achievements. 



The graduates from the University of Liechtenstein



Awards in the faculty of Architecture

In the faculty of Architecture, the award of Swiss Engineering STV, the Swiss professional association of engineers and architects, for the best annual marks on the Architecture BA course went to Angela Feldmann-Crameri from Oberurnen in Switzerland, with a thesis mark of 6.0 and an average mark of 5.6.

LIA, the Liechtenstein Association of Engineers and Architects, sponsored a prize for the top student on the Architecture MA course. The award went to Karolina Patrycija Dziengo from Gdansk in Poland, with an MA thesis mark of 5.5 and an average mark of 5.27.



Prizewinners on the BA, MA and PhD courses


Prizes in Business Economics

As in previous years, the Hilti company foundation ‘Förderung des technischen Nachwuchses’ [‘Encouraging a New Generation of Technicians’] gave prizes to the most innovative diplomas on the Business Economics BA and MA courses. The award in the Business Management BA class was given to Angelika Layr from Dornbirn in Austria, with a thesis mark of 6.0. The prize in the MA category was awarded to two students on the MA course in Entrepreneurship, both with a mark of 6.0 – Steffen Harald Schröder from Munich in Germany, and Martin Selb from Feldkirch, Austria.

LBV, the Liechtenstein Bankers Association, gave prizes for the best average mark in all modules on the BA course in Business Management with a special emphasis on Financial Services, and on the Banking and Financial Management MA course. The prize for the best achievement on the Business Management BA course went to Christian Diem from Hörbranz in Austria, with a mark of 5.6. On the Banking and Financial Management MA course, the award was given to Lukas Marte from Rankweil in Austria, also with a mark of 5.6.



The graduates from Vorarlberg


New award for continuing education

This year for the first time the legal partnership Marxer & Partners sponsored a prize for the best MA thesis on the Executive Master of Law course in Company, Foundation and Trust Law. The award for the best thesis on the Executive Master of Law course in Company, Foundation and Trust Law was given to Radim Servit from Buchs, Switzerland, who achieved a thesis mark of 6.0.

‘The outstanding quality of the university leavers not only benefits the reputation of the University of Liechtenstein,’ said Rector Klaus Näscher. ‘These young talents will also contribute their recently acquired expertise in future to many industrial institutions and companies in Liechtenstein and the surrounding region.’



Dr. iur. Herbert Oberhuber, Marxer & Partner, prizewinner Radim Servit and Professor Francesco A. Schurr, holder of the Chair for Company, Foundation and Trust Law