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Success of Dubai Executive MBA is reinforced by third cohort

Thursday, 24 September, 2009

The success of the Cass Dubai Executive MBA (EMBA) programme continues to be reinforced as the third and largest cohort begins their studies this month. This year’s cohort is made up of 61 students representing 23 countries and has an average age of 32. Female students make up 23 percent of the class.
The Dubai-based EMBA programme was launched by Cass in 2007, in association with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and has been growing in popularity ever since. It is the world’s first EMBA programme offering specialist streams in Islamic Finance and Energy.  The attraction of the programme to cross-border commuters confirms the popularity of Dubai not only as an emerging regional hub for business, tourism and finance, but also potentially for the quality of business education programmes on offer.
Cass Dubai EMBA alumnus, Mohammed Sabunchi says: The knowledge and expertise I’ve acquired during the programme allowed me to look at the business processes from a different perspective and it gave me the opportunity to incorporate the best world class practices into the day to day operation where I work.
The Cass commitment to Dubai has been enhanced by this year’s inaugural Dubai Symposium which gave students from London the opportunity to learn about the challenges and benefits of doing business in the region. Meanwhile, the Cass representative office in Dubai, led by Ehsan Razavizadeh, continues to support Cass students and alumni and develop corporate links in the region.
Professor Roy Batchelor, Director of the Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai said: The success of the Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai is a testament to the excellent reputation that has been built over the past two years, the quality of the Professors who fly out from London each month to interact with the students, and the vision of the leaders of Dubai, who have consistently spread the message that the future of the Gulf region even in these difficult times lies in a well-educated and internationally minded workforce. 
Ehsan Razavizadeh, Head of the Cass Representative Office in Dubai says: This year we have experienced a 45 percent increase in applicants which further confirms the growing enthusiasm for the Cass EMBA in Dubai.  Our students are particularly diverse this year, both from a cultural perspective and also with their varied professional expertise.

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The 2009 Cass Dubai EMBA cohort with Professor Roy Batchelor, Director of the Dubai EMBA (centre right) and Ehsan Razavidezeh, Head of the Cass Representative Office in Dubai (centre left).
Dr Nasser Saidi, DIFC Chief Economist, who welcomed the new class of Cass students
The DIFC Building where Cass operates the Dubai EMBA programme

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