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Cass welcomes sixth EMBA class in Dubai

Four day induction weekend kicks off the two year programme

This weekend Cass welcomed the sixth intake of its Executive MBA (EMBA) programme in Dubai for a four day induction.

Over 50 students of 26 nationalities are studying at the Cass Dubai Centre in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as part of the cohort.

Students flew in from countries across the MENA region including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt, and also further afield - Georgia and Singapore.

The induction included an introduction to the faculty and the unique Cass virtual learning environment - Moodle. Candidates also enjoyed team building, professional development workshops and a social reception hosted by the school at the Capital Club.

The cohort received a formal welcome from Edward Hobart, HM Consul General; Ehsan Razavizadeh, Cass Regional Director for MENA; and Tim Travers (Alumnus, Cohort 2008).

During the two-year programme, students are taught a range of compulsory and elective modules by Cass staff who fly in from London.

Cass continues to be the only business school in Dubai to offer streams in Islamic Finance, Energy and Entrepreneurship.

It is also one of the few business schools in the area whose students benefit from having the same teaching staff as their peers in London.

Edward Hobart, HM Consul General, said: "The Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai brings the world's first EMBA programme to offer specialist Islamic Finance and Energy modules together with the business school of the City of London, the world's premier financial centre. This provides today's new intake of students with unique opportunities in areas of increasing importance in international finance. It is also an example of the close and mutually beneficial ties between the financial sectors in Dubai and London".

Jeff Singer, CEO, DIFC Authority, said: "DIFC's strategy is to develop and grow the financial sector in the UAE and the wider region. Key to this strategy is the development of knowledgeable and talented financial professionals, which is achievable through supporting educational programmes such as Cass. These professional education and development programmes are more critical and important in this dynamic and fast changing world that they have ever been. We are proud to play a part in bringing this programme to the region and ensuring that professionals here have the skills and tools required to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in their respective sectors."

Professor Roy Batchelor, Associate Dean MBA programmes at Cass, said: "It is fantastic to be able to welcome the Dubai EMBA students of 2012-2014 on behalf of Cass Business School. These are not just students, but professionals who are dedicating four days a month over the next two years to build on the skills that they have, and to give themselves the tools necessary to develop their ambitions through the range of modules and electives we offer."

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