Professor Yunus marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

20 November 2014

Professor Yunus marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

Professor Yunus joined President Joachim Gauck of Germany at the celebratory event.

GCU Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at a celebratory event in Germany.

Professor Yunus joined President Joachim Gauck of Germany, Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Laureate Lech Wałęsa, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, and Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit on stage in front of the famous Brandenburg Gate during the celebrations. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who was awarded an Honorary Degree by GCU during its summer 2014 graduations, was also a guest.

More than 7000 balloons formed a light installation along the line where the wall once stood.

Professor Yunus said “Today, barriers still separate communities around the world but the fall of the Berlin Wall provides a light of hope to people around the world. This occasion is about imagining what other walls need to come down in the world. We must vow to knock down the divides that exist between the wealthy developed countries and the poorer developing countries.”

“The fall of the Berlin Wall showed us that deep chasms can be bridged in a peaceful process, no matter how deep the division might seem to be.”

Earlier in the evening, Professor Yunus and other dignitaries were received at an exclusive reception with Chancellor Angela Merkel at Gendarmenmarkt Hall.

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