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HAU confers honorary doctorate on Zobel de Ayala

Holy Angel University (HAU), one of the country's top universities, conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Science in Management Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of the Ayala Corporation, last March 15 during ceremonies witnessed by the academic community.

Zobel de Ayala, also known as JAZA, attended the HAU conferment rites with his father, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, chairman emeritus of the Ayala Corporation.

Both JAZA and Don Jaime praised the “flawless” ceremonies and the “beautiful” campus, as well as HAU student Jobert Forte, who sang the John Lennon classic “Imagine,” JAZA’s favorite song, during the program.

“This is the first time my son invited me to be with him on an important occasion,” Don Jaime told school administrators after the ceremonies.

“At this time of challenge and promise, it is Ayala Corporation's good fortune, and this nation's too, that a man like Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala is in charge. His education by the best business school in the world, his leadership of many and diverse business interests, and his deep personal commitment to social and environmental advocacies make Mr. Zobel the right person to lead," said former HAU President S. Josefina Nepomuceno during the ceremonies.

The HAU honorary doctorate is the first for JAZA, who holds a bachelor's degree in economics (cum laude) from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In accepting the honor from HAU, JAZA paid tribute to the pioneering achievements of the school's founder, Don Juan Nepomuceno, who was a leader both in business and in government, and created several firsts in Angeles, including the first subdivision and first commercial center.

He also cited Ayala’s investments in Central Luzon, including BPI’s and Globe’s expansions and the developments being undertaken by Ayala Land and its subsidiaries.

His main theme was the role of business in socioeconomic development—the “implicit social contract” for business to help address issues pertaining to society as well as to the economy, particularly in ways that make social issues an integral and central part of business strategy.

“Don Juan de Dios Nepomuceno accomplished so much. He did so in faith, and with a leader’s vision. Perhaps, like him, you can benefit society while building a great, lasting legacy,” JAZA said.

Date Posted: 03-14-2011