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 programmes.
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
Recognition of the role
of his leadership in investment sector, locally
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 Amman.
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 career."
"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 Dr. Ibrahim.
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
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
Hammersmith Hospital in London honored Auchi by
naming a department for the treatment and research
of kidney diseases after him, in recognition of
Auchi was named Vice-President of the John F.
Kennedy School of Government at the renowned
Pope Benedict XVI recognises interfaith work of
Nadhmi and Ibtisam Auchi
from the Vatican
Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro: Their support was
not restricted to a certain religion, nor a
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 Yugoslavia.
Mr Nadhmi Auchi received
the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal
which was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888
and is given for distinguished service.
It is the highest medal
that can be awarded to non clergy by the
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
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 media.
“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," he emphasized.
<"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.
Orthodox church was
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
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.