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City, University of London welcomes new cohort of graduates in Dubai

First female Emirati Air Traffic Controller among graduates from the MSc Aviation course

by Sophie Cubbin (PR and Communications Manager)

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), City, University of London held a graduation ceremony for the eighth cohort of its Executive MBA programme in Dubai and for its second series of graduates of the MSc in Aviation.

While 34 students received their Executive MBA certificates, 10 students graduated from the MSc Aviation course, which is offered to students in Dubai, London and Frankfurt. Among the course’s graduating students is the first female Emirati Air Traffic Controller and now supervisor, Nouf Alafeefi.

The ceremony at DIFC’s Conference Centre hosted over 200 people including families, business leaders and distinguished guests.  Professor Sir Paul Curran, President, City, University of London, and Dr Kevin Dunseath, Regional Director, City, University of London and Head of the Dubai Centre were all in attendance, congratulating the 44 students that graduated this year.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, President of City, University of London, commented:

“I congratulate City’s graduates following today’s moving ceremony at The Dubai International Financial Centre.  I am confident that their drive, determination and new skills will enable them to follow successful careers in business and the professions.  City is aware of the importance of high quality higher education in the region and very proud of the contributions made by its Executive MBA, its MSc Aviation Management and its Executive Education programmes”.

Dr Kevin Dunseath, Regional Director, MENA and Head of the Dubai Centre said:

All our graduating students here in Dubai today have achieved their goals through courage, ability, determination ‎and hard work. They are a credit to their families, their friends and colleagues, their nations and, of course, to the entire City community across the world.

Nouf Alafeefi, MSc Air Safety Management, the first ever the first female Emirati Air Traffic Controller and now supervisor, commented on her experience:

“People say that the sky is the limit, but for me, the sky is a stepping stone towards achieving my goal. The best lesson life has taught me is the ‘give and take’ proposition for dreamers like me. As ‘give’ is before ‘take,’ a dreamer should be ready to sacrifice – or give – many things in life, in order to earn and achieve their dreams. One of biggest dreams was to have the Master’s Degree in Air Safety Management, and today I can proudly say that I’ve fulfilled my dream, and I have the absolute honour of collecting my degree from City, University of London.”

Tony Danilov, top performer, Dubai EMBA and graduate, said:

“The seeds of success are often planted in idle times. Executives need to be prepared for tomorrows challenges today. They need to be better prepared than their peers and their competitors to grasp opportunities that arise infrequently and dissipate so rapidly. An MBA from Cass endows future executives and entrepreneurs with a competitive advantage in the workforce or marketplace and imparts valued analytical capabilities and perspective across a spectrum of disciplines and industries.”

The Executive MBA and the aviation course material is delivered by experienced professors flown in from City’s London campus, who teach directly in format of three to four consecutive days to accommodate the working professional.

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