Lahaye University awards
Nadhmi Auchi an honorary doctorate
Dutch University hails the
Arab businessman's contributions to economic investment and his support
of educational institutions and scientific research.
The Netherlands' Lahaye University awarded the Arab businessman and CEO
of General Mediterranean Holding, Nadhmi Auchi, an honorary doctorate
for his efforts in economic investment and in recognition of his role in
supporting a number of educational institutions and scientific research
Auchi's great achievements made him qualify for an Honorary Doctorate of
Philosophy in Political Economics, said a statement issued by Prof. Dr.
Khalil Shakir al-Zubaidi, the Vice-President for Scientific Affairs.
Recognition of the
role of his leadership in investment sector, locally and
The University's Council decided in its recent meeting to award Auchi
the doctorate which will allow him to enjoy all the rights and
privileges conferred by the degree, added the statement.
Professor Dr. Mohamed Abdula'al, a member of the Board of Trustees of
Lahaye University, presented Auchi the honorary degree on behalf of the
Board of Trustees and the University's Council in the Jordanian capital
Dr. Abdul Ghafour Ibrahim Ahmed, member of Lahaye University's Council,
said "It gives me pleasure on this auspicious day to open this award
ceremony for an honorary doctorate to Mr. Nadhmi Auchi, who has
witnessed many investment and creative achievements throughout his
"In recognition of the role of his leadership in the investment sector,
both locally and globally, and of being a prominent businessman and
investor who has been committed to tremendously supporting, and greatly
assisting the education sector and research centers, Lahaye University
Council have decided to grant Mr. Auchi an honorary doctorate degree in
economic sciences. This is the highest honor awarded by the University
in recognition of his distinct achievements and leadership," stressed
Auchi has received a remarkable number of honors from prestigious
international scientific institutions for his achievements and generous
The International College of Surgeons in Chicago awarded Auchi an
honorary fellowship (FRCS) in recognition of his significant
contributions in various humanitarian and economic activities.
He was honored by the British Royal Society of Medicine in recognition
of his contributions in support of the medical field in Britain, and
especially the support he provided to the organization in order to
enrich their projects in scientific research, and the exchange of
medical and academic knowledge with the Arab region.
The American University in Cairo adopted "Auchi's Grant of Leading Young
Arab Cadres" into the fellowship program for outstanding Arab students.
Hammersmith Hospital in London honored Auchi by naming a department for
the treatment and research of kidney diseases after him, in recognition
of his contributions.
Auchi was named Vice-President of the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at the renowned Harvard University.
Pope Benedict XVI
recognises interfaith work of Nadhmi and Ibtisam Auchi
'Thank You' from the Vatican
Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro:
Their support was not restricted to a certain religion, nor a region.
Nadhmi and Ibtisam Auchi received two high honours decreed on them by
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
The awards were granted in recognition of their contribution and support
of the various interfaith and humanitarian work in the former
Nadhmi Auchi received the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal
which was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 and is given for
It is the highest medal that
can be awarded to non clergy by the Vatican. Mrs Ibtisam Auchi received
the Benemerenti Medal which was instituted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832
and is conferred on those who have exhibited long and exceptional
service to the international community.The ceremony was conducted by His
Excellency Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro, Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican
Ambassador) to the Republic of Serbia and held at the Hilton Hotel in
Park Lane London Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro highlighted the importance
of Mr and Mrs Auchi contributions."Their support was not restricted to a
certain religion, nor a region," said Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro
.The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests including members of
the two Houses of Parliament, Arab and European ambassadors in the Court
of Saint James', religious and interfaith leaders, businessmen, and the
“Ibtisam and I feel very honoured to have been awarded these high medals
and would like to express our gratitude to His Holiness Pope Benedict
XVI for granting them," said Nadhmi Auchi during the ceremony
"Ibtisam and I have felt privileged to have been able to personally
support and partner with the Vatican on a good number of interfaith and
humanitarian projects throughout the former Yugoslavia. All of these
projects inspired by the Holy See have been to the benefit of all and
offered throughout the region without regard to any one particular
faith," he added
“As so many of you are aware, the recent war in the region witnessed
considerable religious unrest, the percussion of minorities, acts of
atrocities by all sides, and in certain cases the horror of genocide,"
As Muslims, Ibtisam and I
share a common desire to foster greater inter-religious relations with
the followers of all faiths and we are both well aware and appreciate
the important work of the late Pope John Paul II and the current Pope in
fostering such work globally,” Auchi concluded.
Nadhami Auchi is the President of the Anglo Arab Organisation (AAO), an
NGO with an aim to bridge cultural and economic gaps between the Arab
World and the West.
The AAO has various initiatives concerning interfaith dialogue, Middle
East conflict, Iraq war, and the Sudan civil war. It donated substantial
aids to people in-need during wars and natural disasters.