Cass Executive MBA students from 22 nationalities shift tassels in Dubai
The fifth cohort of Cass Executive MBA students received their degrees at the annual Dubai graduation ceremony on Wednesday.
The ceremony was held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
The ceremony was graced by the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of The Emirates Group, and His Excellency Abdulla Ghobash, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates.
55 students graduated at the event which was held at the DIFC Conference Centre. The diverse cohort has an average level of work experience of 11 years and an average age of 32 years.
The group comprises candidates from 22 countries: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC; Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London; and Professor Cliff Oswick, Deputy Dean at Cass, gave keynote speeches.
Top performing graduate Archana Narwana was honoured with an award for her academic achievements.
In his remarks to the graduating cohort, H.E. Essa Kazim, said: "At DIFC, we believe education is critical and perhaps one of the most important tools in building a strong economy. The Centre is a passionate proponent of learning and development, and we offer access to a business environment that is designed to nurture success, to harness creativity and promote enterprise."
During the ceremony, Professor Sir Paul Curran presented a letter of commendation to His Excellency Abdullah Mohammed Saleh, former Governor of the DIFC, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of financial services in the United Arab Emirates, and his support of City University London in the region.
Professor Curran said: "I am proud to be here to recognise the outstanding achievements of the fifth cohort to graduate from our Dubai EMBA. The programme arms our graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to advance their careers in global business and the professions. Since its inception, the Dubai Centre has established itself as a dynamic hub for business education in the Middle East and offers regionally-relevant electives delivered by world leading academics. The programme has contributed to the growth of the region's knowledge-based economy and strengthened the ties between the UAE and the UK."
Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director, MENA and Head of the Dubai Centre said: "I would like to congratulate our graduating class on successfully completing their EMBA programme. It is very affirming for our institution that our alumni, who reflect upon the concepts they learned, are successfully holding middle-to-senior level posts. Earning an MBA has a lifelong impact, especially when it is of world-class quality. There is no doubt that building upon the educational assets of people will directly reflect on their respective organisations' performance, as well as the overall development of the economy."
The Cass Dubai EMBA programme is a two-year course delivered in a monthly block weekend format to accommodate busy working professionals.
It was the first programme of its kind to offer specialist Islamic finance and energy modules and offers streams in general management and leadership, mainstream finance and entrepreneurship.