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Second cohort of Dubai EMBA students graduate

Graduates receive their certificates from His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in Dubai

The second cohort of students graduated from Cass' Executive MBA programme in Dubai in a ceremony held at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) yesterday under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Al Maktoum, and attended by H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and His Excellency Mr Dominic Jermey CVO OBE, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the UAE.

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(from left to right) Professor Paul Curran, H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum presents a Cass Executive MBA student with his degree certificate

The Cass EMBA is a flexible part-time course aimed at managers in the Gulf region who want to accelerate their career development whilst remaining in full-time employment. The course has the same content as Cass's London-based Executive MBA, which in 2010 was ranked second in the UK, fourth in Europe and 10th in the world by the Financial Times. Graduates from this year's EMBA programme include top level executives from across the Gulf region, representing varied industries including energy, engineering, commerce, manufacturing, finance, legal and government.

Professor Paul Curran, Vice Chancellor of City University London, which Cass Business School is a part of, said of the EMBA programme's continued success: "I am pleased to congratulate this year's graduates on their EMBA achievement. The Cass Business School EMBA is consistently ranked amongst the best in the world and is taught by experts who advise leading companies, the authors of important business texts and pioneering researchers, and I have no doubt that these graduates' professional lives will be enriched as a result of the Cass EMBA programme. As our graduates now complete their transition from Cass students to highly regarded Cass alumni, on behalf of the University I wish them the very best".

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(L to r) Richard Gillingwater CBE, Dean, Cass Business School; Professor Paul Curran, Vice Chancellor of City University London; HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of DIFC and Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director of Cass Business School, City University London MENA region

HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of the DIFC said: "As part of its efforts to help develop and grow the financial services sector in the region, DIFC has supported and introduced a wide range of executive education programmes that help professionals remain at the forefront of the industry. Programmes, such as the Cass Executive MBA, give regional talent the opportunity to access the very best of global management thinking, research and practice, equipping them with the knowledge needed to face the rapidly changing business environment. We wish the second cohort of graduates the best of luck in their future endeavours and hope they continue to contribute to the growth of the financial services industry."

As the first EMBA programme in the world to offer a specialisation in Islamic Finance and Oil and Energy Economics, the Cass EMBA is regionally-relevant, offering electives in Global Real Estate Markets, and Entrepreneurship and Family Business. The EMBA has become increasingly popular, student admissions to the EMBA programme in Dubai have grown by 90 per cent in the last four years.

The past week has been eventful for the London-based Cass students, who in addition to the attending the graduation ceremony, have been participating in the annual international Cass Study Tour. The tour provides a unique learning experience, exposing participants to the economic, financial and cultural issues facing Middle Eastern states. To equip the EMBA students with a better understanding of the key industry sectors in the UAE, the tour's participants met with decision-makers from some of the UAE's most significant companies, from sectors as varied as conventional and renewable energy, Islamic finance, telecommunications, real estate development, and aviation.

The study tour provides an important global perspective according to Richard Gillingwater CBE, Dean of Cass Business School. "This second study tour to the UAE hosted is indicative of the UAE's standing as an important economic and financial hub in the Middle East; it is seen by many as an island of stability in a region undergoing a period of significant change, with all of the associated uncertainties which that change brings. For our course participants, the UAE international study tour gives an invaluable global perspective to business education. Such international collaborations have become increasingly relevant in today's global marketplace, and the initiative provides fresh perspectives on the dynamics of doing business in the Arab world", said Gillingwater. 

Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director of Cass Business School, City University London, also received a special "outstanding contribution" award in establishing and generating significant growth of Cass Business School, City University London, as a quality brand in the MENA region. Mr Razavizadeh proposed and created a business case for expansion of the School while studying his postgraduate degree in London.

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Richard Gillingwater, HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer , Professor Paul Curran and Ehsan Razavizadeh with the second cohort of graduates from the Executive MBA programme

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