On Sunday 1 February, London Business School will celebrate a landmark achievement with the first graduating class of its Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme. The inaugural Recognition Ceremony, which marks the end of 18-months' study, will take place in the Conference Centre of the Dubai International Financial Centre at 16.30.
Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School, said, "I am particularly pleased that my first trip as Dean is to join our students on this very special day. It is special to them because, through their own hard work, they have successfully completed a highly demanding programme. It is special to us because, after many years of planning and development, we have the pleasure of having our first Dubai-London graduates. London Business School is committed to providing Dubai and the region with the best possible business education and we are proud that this ceremony comes in the same week as one of our well-established programmes, the full-time MBA, has been ranked joint first in the world".
Professor Zeger Degraeve, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Professor of Innovation and Faculty Director, Dubai, said, "The Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme was established in September 2007 and this 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.
Demand from top quality applicants for the programme has been so great that the School has recently opened a second annual stream, bringing to 234 the number of students currently enrolled on the programme.
Dr Kevin Dunseath, Director of the Dubai Centre, added, "The strong demand for our programme is evident by the fact that we have had over 1,000 enquiries and over 600 applications for the second year. The addition of a second intake to the Dubai-London EMBA is a signal to high-calibre individuals and organisations everywhere that an Executive MBA from London Business School, whether it is taught in Dubai, London, New York or Hong Kong, is the platform for sustained success in today's complex, global and interdependent world."