2017 MBA graduation ceremony in the Middle East

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, The University of Manchester held its 2017 MBA graduation ceremony for Middle East students of the University’s business school, in Dubai. A total of 65 students were awarded the Manchester MBA degree at the only graduation conducted by the University outside the UK.

A total of 65 graduates were awarded the University of Manchester MBA degree at the ceremony, which was attended by family members, VIP guests, current students and alumni of The University of Manchester in the Middle East. Of the 65 students, 9 graduated with Merit, and 42 with Distinction. The graduating class students reside in 10 countries and are of 27 nationalities; around two-thirds of the graduates reside in the UAE. Best individual female (business and professional women represented around 20% of the class) and male students, and best group project awards for the Middle East were presented as part of the ceremony.

Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director of The University of Manchester, comments:

“The quality of our students in the Middle East has been a consistent factor since we opened our centre in Dubai 11 years ago and this is reflected strongly in our Manchester MBA class of 2017. This class performed exceptionally well with a very high percentage of distinction and merit awards. Our success with the MBA in the Middle East has encouraged the University to introduce new programmes and learning formats to the region, broadening access and creating opportunities for more working professionals to experience world class business education. We thank all our supporters and students, and we are especially honoured that His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan generously granted his inspiring patronage to this occasion once again.”    

The Presiding Officer at the graduation ceremony was the Head of Alliance Manchester Business School, Professor Fiona Devine, and the ceremony was conducted in the presence of Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge & Human Development Authority, who also addressed the congregation.