10 Feb 2009
In a landmark ceremony at the Dubai International Financial Centre, London Business School celebrated the first graduating class of its Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme
In the presence of Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, seventy-six graduating students processed into the Conference Centre wearing academic gowns and caps.
At the start of the ceremony, Sheikh Maktoum led the VIP delegation into the Conference Centre. In attendance were His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs; His Excellency Dr Omar bin Sulaiman, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre ; His Excellency Consul General Guy Warrington, British Consul General for Dubai and the Northern Emirates and His Excellency Sir Easa Saleh al Gurg, UAE Ambassador to the UK.
Commenting on the ceremony, Professor Zeger Degraeve, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Professor of Innovation and Faculty Director, Dubai at London Business School, said, "Our first graduating class represents 30 different nationalities and a wonderfully diverse range of professional backgrounds and industry sectors. With an average of over ten years' experience, each participant has made a major contribution to the learning experience of the class.
"We thank the students for their hard work, their vision, their pioneering spirit and their courage, and we wish them every possible success in the future."
The graduating class has followed an intensive programme of study based on a series of four-day modules taught in Dubai by the School's world-class faculty visiting from London, followed by an elective phase of study delivered principally in London.