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Cass MBA students experience global business in UAE

For the fifth year, Cass MBA students combined academic rigour and travel in a trip to the United Arab Emirates.

The week-long study tour was led by Cass Professor of Banking and Finance and Executive MBA Dubai Course Director, Roy Batchelor.

The tour included stops in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where the London-based students learnt about the UAE's business culture.

The delegation comprised 39 MBA students. They met with the leadership teams of Mubadala, Masdar Institute, Emaar, Dubai International Financial Centre, JWT, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Nakheel, Emirates Airline, and Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).

The students also gained a deeper understanding of the historical context, current position, and future development plans of the UAE economy.

The delegation visited The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, the Yas Marina Circuit and the Burj Khalifa.

The trip included a lecture on 'Understanding the Gulf Executive Talent Marketplace' by Sean Rutter, Managing Director, KWR Middle East and Africa.

Cass Dean Professor Steven Haberman said:

"International study tours are integral to understanding global business from a professional and personal perspective. The UAE is one of the world's fastest growing economies, with ambitious development plans. It is also a country rich in heritage and culture, which is among the reasons why it was selected as a destination for our International Study Tour.

"Students travel abroad and have the opportunity to meet and engage with high profile leaders from multinational enterprises as well as local government and local business organizations. Such collaborations between academic institutions and corporations promote innovation, and serve as a platform for sharing industry insights that will eventually help meet the needs of the global marketplace."

Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director, MENA and Head of the Dubai Centre said:

"Hosting the MBA students from London, here in the UAE was an exciting experience for us, and served as an opportunity for them to appreciate the real life operational challenges that face organisations. It is through such visits that students are able to build on their coursework with an in-depth exploration of industries, companies, and countries they have visited."

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