28 June 2012
On June 28th, a farewell party was organized at the university's "Marble Hall" in honor of President of Khazar University, Professor John Ryder, on the occasion of the end of the two-year term of his contract. Participants in the event included university cabinet members, deans, department heads, and invited guests such as the president of Qafqaz University Professor Ahmet Saniç, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands Arjen Uijterlinde, Princton University professor Michael Reynolds and others.
Vice president for International Affairs of the university Farda Asadov opened the ceremony and welcomed the participants, then the floor was given to the founder of Khazar University and chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, Professor Hamlet Isaxanli. H. Isaxanli spoke about John Ryder’s activities and about his election as president. He noted that this type of presidential appointment, carried out for the first time in Azerbaijan, created positive resonance. Vice presidents Mohammed Nuriev, Rafig Akhmedov and deans made presentations wishing him the best. Guests Professor Ahmet Saniç and Arjen Uijterlinde also spoke and wished future success to John Ryder.
Then the floor was given to John Ryder. He shared his memories from his two years at Khazar with the participants and thanked his colleagues.
At the end of the event, a photo album reflecting the two years was presented to John Ryder on behalf of the university as a gift and photos were taken.