I gave this speech today in the graduation ceremony of our master program.
ISI-Master Program 2010
Hotel ARCOTEL Nike Linz, Austria
28th July 2010
Dear Supervisors, My friends, Dear Guests,
On behalf of my colleagues, first I would like to thank Prof. Bruno Buchberger for his continued support during our study. (pause).
I would also like to thank him for academically torturing us in the program. It wouldn’t have been a success without the knowledge and feedback we had from him during our stay here.
Thanks are extended to Mrs. Betina Curtis and Heba Fouad for their assistance in every organizational aspect of the program, and life in Austria in general. Betina, I really loved your cakes! And thanks for the coffee machine.
For our supervisors, on behalf of my colleagues, we are grateful for the support and mentoring you’ve given us to deliver a master thesis inline with the required excellent scientific methodology.
To our families, we thank those who were able to attend, and those whom their hearts are with us (like my mom). we are proud of you as much as you are proud of us.
One year ago, I was – like all my colleagues – packing my stuff, thinking of my project, imagining how this experience outside my beloved home will be. Looking into my mother’s eyes, I’ve seen a reflection of hope that gave me the energy to continue pursuing a dream of self-determination, to start engaging in a world that gets smaller and smaller with the help of what brings us together : science, research and technology.
In the relatively cold weather, I found myself arriving in a small town – Hagenberg - that I found very silent with its forests, very beautiful with its restored castle, very boring “sometimes” (just for politics sake) with how hard the transportation to the nearest city Linz could be, yet an example of a success story in which I would like to thank professor Bruno for telling us a lot about.(pause)
It was for me the strongest experience in the ISI master program to learn the vision of how research, business and education can interact in the Softwarepark , the miracle of Hagenberg.
We shared together a unique international experience with people inside and outside the ISI program, from different parts of the world… from Austria, Germany, Spain, China, Japan, Romania, and of course my country Egypt.
And To my ISI Program Friends, I say:
It is exactly these moments now that bind our common understanding of the world we are living in. We represented a multi-spectral wide range of cultures and backgrounds interacting together, living in the same quiet place, exchanging ideas and broadening our horizon for the sake a progressive future, not to forget participating in birthday parties and chatting rooms on skype.
But this was not exclusive to university colleagueship only. In our case, it has gone beyond that (pause) to a reach a personal experience that touched every one of us in which we tried to learn from the values of coexistence and pillars of real love. And I think we succeeded (pause) with minor faults as usual. Whatever stressful our work was sometimes, we always encouraged ourselves to keep on, to be up to the task we were responsible for ... and I quote from my late father who told me one a day a word of wisdom saying that “The joy that the sweetness of a fruit of success brings to you is overwhelmingly greater than the tough work and effort it took you to plant it.”
I would like you- as you return back to your families missing their smiles and congratulations back home , in the train or in the plane, - to smile and close your eyes for a moment and remember how much of feelings we shared, expressed and tolerated together because that is truly real friendship that we experienced.
And as this chapter of our lives ends today, I would like to thank you for being my closest friends and wish you – including me - the best of luck in your upcoming chapters.