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The Dubai Centre: 2018 in review

Shining a light on some of the Centre's top achievements this year.

by Nahda Abdalla (Senior Communications Officer (Dubai))

1. Cass MBA Dubai Symposium

In February, Professor Roy Batchelor led a four-day study tour for Cass students, covering both the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The tour featured visits to leading companies in the UAE as well as meetings with influential thought leaders. It provided students with a unique insight into the economic, cultural and social factors driving the growth of one of the world’s most dynamic countries.

2. Launch of MENA Alumni Chapter

More than 150 alumni came together to celebrate the launch of the City Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Alumni Chapter, in May. The event was a great opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with alumni and faculty members, engage with professionals working in top companies, and hear more about the MENA Alumni Chapter activities.

3. Gulf region's first Masters in Maritime Law introduced

In April, the City Law School and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Academy of Law announced a joint venture to launch the region’s first specialised Masters in Maritime Law (LLM). Set to begin in March 2019 in Dubai, this programme is intended for law graduates, lawyers and working professionals across the maritime sector, such as ships’ officers, shipbrokers and claims handlers.

4. Ninth graduation ceremony

In May, City's Dubai Centre held a graduation ceremony for the ninth cohort of its Executive MBA programme and for graduates of its MSc Aviation Management programmes in Dubai.

4. Introduction of MSc in Airport Management

The programme was launched in September to cater for junior managers looking to boost their career prospects in today’s fast-growing airport industry. From learning how to run an airport efficiently to overseeing all aspects of an airport’s operations, this Airports Council International (ACI) World-backed degree will equip students with the skills necessary to meet the economic and sustainability goals of an aviation organisation.

5. Successful Maritime Law Conference held in Dubai

The City Law School (CLS), in collaboration with the DIFC Academy of Law (AoL) and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, successfully hosted the first CLS-AoL Dubai Maritime Law Conference in September. The event, attended by more than 75 delegates – including lawyers, shipping professionals and academics – saw maritime legal experts from notable firms in the Gulf congregate to share valuable updates on the shipping industry in the region and beyond.

The conference was followed by the launch of City, University of London’s Master of Laws in Maritime Law (LLM), the first postgraduate qualification of its kind in the GCC region.

6. Cass EMBA in Dubai welcomes twelfth intake

Induction Week in September saw some of the finest talent in the Middle East join the Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai. The 2018 cohort consists of 39 full-time professionals who are seeking to maximise their leadership potential and accelerate their careers.

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