President Guiliano addresses members of the Class of 2013 who earned M.B.A. degrees in Nanchang, China.
Vice President Jiang Jinfa, Dean Li Liangzhi, Dean Zhou Mei, Vice Dean Peng Yuan, distinguished guests, members of the NYIT class of 2013, faculty, and staff:
Greetings on this wonderful morning.
Today we celebrate our 12th NYIT commencement ceremony here in Nanchang. I salute the 116 M.B.A students who are graduating and completing an important chapter in their lives.
We are honored to count you among our graduates and are grateful and honored by the ongoing support of our partner, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics.
Today’s world is full of economic and social challenges, and historians and economists point to human capital as key to solving ALL of the challenges we face today and in the future. “Human capital” … the term itself suggests that each educated or skilled person is a precious resource, in a world greatly in need of such resources. In fact, Thomas Friedman, the internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist for The New YorkTimes, has said that people’s skills are the most valuable and only truly renewable resource in the world today.
As a not-for-profit institution of higher learning, NYIT’s rewards are not measured in money but in the creation of human capital. Our students and graduates are those rewards, so we thank you.
Your choice of NYIT, a 21st-century global university, speaks volumes about your personal goals. You are graduating from a distinguished university with its main campuses in New York, of course, but also with students from 100 nations, nearly all 50 of the United States and more than 92,000 graduates from our campuses in America, China, the Middle East, and Canada.
Let me remind you our first name is New York –
New York is an extraordinary calling card on the global landscape. It is recognized all over the world because New Yorkers are so global and New York is a world capital. And we provide that access to the world through our last name, Technology. Value and use our calling card well ... you’ve earned it.
Technology has supported the economic expansion of emerging economies. But you, as businesspeople and scholars of business, know that technology—and all the communications and inventions that it enables—has made the world smaller. In fact, as the Internet and smartphones provide constant access to our work, balancing work and personal lives has become a great challenge among workers, the very human capital we acknowledge as our most valuable asset.
Reinforcing that NYIT wants to continue to be a resource for you, I am proud to present each of you with a copy of the best-selling book, Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire, which has just been translated into Mandarin. Its universal advice helps readers to revisit priorities, hone time management skills, and ensure that the anchors which keep us balanced in life and work are steady.
How am I able to speak so confidently? Because I have seen this sage advice work. It has taught me the importance of balance in experiencing the world, with all its rich and endless surprises.
In fact, while on a trip after I graduated from college, I met a French woman on a bus in Istanbul. She became my wife and my life's companion, and is the author of the best-selling book I just mentioned. Neither of us could have predicted where we’d be today, and which certainly wouldn’t have happened without the balance we’ve strived for in our personal and professional lives.
Class of 2013, you are among an elite few. China has 50,000 M.B.A. and executive M.B.A. graduates each year, and the demand for business education will only grow. Business leaders in China will continue to rely upon you, to help gain a greater understanding of the global business world and how to be better corporate leaders.
I encourage you to stay in contact with your alma mater here and in America.
This is a time for great optimism. In the 21st century, solutions to the world’s difficult problems will be found in a mix of 1) science and technology, 2) business and market economics, 3) government and public policy, and 4) education. The most important key will be 5) the breakdown of traditional isolated islands of thought and action. Our search for integrated approaches to global problems depends upon collaboration – on teams of people and clusters of ideas.
My challenge to you, NYIT M.B.A. graduates—is that you apply the perspective, knowledge, and skills that you have acquired with us to a global landscape … to solving through technology, as well as intelligence and compassion, problems that exist on a global scale. And that you will accomplish this by nurturing and leveraging your NYIT contacts: professors, colleagues and, yes, the international network of NYIT alumni you are about to join.
Continue the global exchange of ideas you began here. We hope to see you visiting our New York campuses and know we’ll read of your successes in NYIT Magazine. And, of course, I look forward to seeing you at NYIT alumni events in China.
What I wish for each of you is:
the confidence to embrace new ideas and new people.
a willingness to learn from your mistakes.
a lifetime of learning and personal growth.
and, most of all, a disposition to speak gently … to love much … to laugh often … and to be kind. To find balance.
Do make us proud.
Congratulations and best wishes to you, the 12th cohort of our China M.B.A. program and members of NYIT’s class of 2013.