Under the Patronage of
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan
UAE Minister of State for Tolerance
The University of Manchester held its sixth MBA graduation ceremony in the Middle East
The University of Manchester held its sixth MBA Graduation Ceremony in the region, for students of University of Manchester Middle East Centre, on Thursday, 15th November 2018 at The Auditorium, Conference Centre, Block 1 – Dubai Knowledge Park. The Presiding Officer at the graduation ceremony was Professor Sharon Clarke, Deputy Dean of Alliance Manchester Business School and the ceremony was held in the presence of Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General – KHDA and Mr. Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director – Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai International Academic City.
The graduation ceremony in the UAE is a mark of the impact of the school in the Middle East, respect for the MBA graduates, appreciation of the University’s hosts in the UAE, and the long-term commitment of the University to the region.
The ceremony presents an opportunity for the University to reaffirm its commitment to Dubai, the UAE and Middle East, and to refresh, reinvigorate and reinforce the relationships with key stakeholders, whilst celebrating publicly the success of these new graduates and inspiring current and future students.
The University of Manchester is one of the oldest business schools in the UK and Europe’s largest campus based business school. UoM opened its Middle East Centre in Dubai Knowledge Park in 2006 and, today it is the largest and fastest growing of the School’s network of six centres around the world. The Middle East Centre supports more than 2,300 part-time students in the region, many residing in the UAE, and has a community of around 7,000 alumni in the region.Best known as part of the oldest university in the UK, The University of Manchester Middle East Centre has identified key educational and leadership needs in the region through researches, collaborations and consultancies, thus the university offers its top ranked MBA programme, Executive Education courses, MSc in Reliability Engineering and Asset Management and MSc in International Healthcare Leadership. As the university continues to contribute to the growth of the education sector in the Middle East, more courses will be offered.
Message from Randa Bessiso, Director - Middle East, The University of Manchester: "I am delighted to welcome all our distinguished guests, MBA graduates and their families and friends, to our sixth MBA graduation ceremony for the Middle East. The University of Manchester Middle East centre’s MBA graduation ceremony is the highlight of the year for our entire university community in the region.
Today, we celebrate the success of a cohort of students that has excelled in their studies with around three-quarters graduating with distinction or merit, representing 15 different nationalities among the 100 nationalities of our student and alumni community in the region. This is a distinctive feature of the Middle East Centre and I am delighted to add that 10% of our graduates are female and they are often some of the highest performing students.
MBA graduates, I would personally like to congratulate you on your achievements in this very inspirational MBA journey and the beginning of the next phase of your careers. Your cohort represents the quality and diversity of the MBA students we support in the region. Every one of you has reached the high standards required of a Manchester MBA.
The global economy and global business continues to change rapidly, as society shifts and digital technology makes even deeper impacts on all our daily and working lives - many industries are transforming dramatically and new ones being created. With your new knowledge and expertise, professional network, and a deeper level of self-confidence, I am sure you feel better equipped than ever to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Your MBA success has already clearly demonstrated your professional commitment and marks you out immediately as an exceptional business executive.
Your success remains in your hands and our team and community are here to help you through our alumni association, networks and careers services.
The Middle East Centre continues to be the largest and fastest growing in the University’s network, with new industry-led Masters programmes and executive education courses added to our portfolio, alongside the MBA. Since 2006, we have graduated more than 1,400 part-time MBA students, almost half of whom graduated with a distinction or merit.
We are privileged to be holding today’s graduation ceremony under the generous patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Na¬hayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance; His Excellency continues to be a greatly valued supporter of the university in the UAE and we are deeply grateful for his encouragement and inspiration, which we have enjoyed from the outset of our work here in the region.
On behalf of the entire team at The University of Manchester Middle East Centre, our congratulations to you all. It has been our privilege to support your MBA journey and we wish you every success in your future careers. We look forward to continued contact through the Middle East Alumni Association.
We hope you all enjoy this very special day.”