On Saturday 23 January 2010, London Business School celebrated the second graduating class of its Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme. The Recognition Ceremony, marking the end of 18-months of study, took place in the Conference Centre of the Dubai International Financial Centre at 16.30 pm.
In the presence of HH Sheikh Maktoum, 78 students graduating from the programme were awarded the Dubai-London Executive MBA degrees. The recognition ceremony was also attended by His Highness Sheikh Saeed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School, Professor Naufel Vilcassim who has been awarded Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Professorship of Innovation, and Faculty Director in Dubai, and other faculty members.
London Business School's Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme is delivered out of the DIFC Centre of Excellence, a subsidiary of DIFC.
HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of DIFC said: “. The creation of a large pool of world-class professional education and training opportunities is one of the corner stones of our strategy to develop DIFC as a global financial centre. The London Business School Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme is one of the prestigious programmes offered from the DIFC Centre of Excellence that provide students in the region easy access to one of the world’s best institutions for business education. Through strong partnerships with global educational institutions, DIFC seeks to help build the critical mass of talent necessary for the rapid growth and development of the region’s financial industry.”
Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School, said, ”I’m pleased to say that London Business School has very strong links with Dubai. We were delighted to host Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and many of Dubai’s leading figures in London in November at our London campus. Our Dubai Centre is a great complement to the diversity of our London campus and has become a global hub. Students come in to study from as far as Beijing, Jakarta, Baghdad, Athens, Moscow, Cairo and Toronto.”
Professor Naufel Vilcassim who has been awarded Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Professorship of Innovation, and Faculty Director in Dubai, said, “The entire London Business School community is very proud to recognise today the significant achievement of the second graduating class of our Dubai-London Executive MBA programme. The students of this class have demonstrated outstanding qualities of determination, courage, vision, teamwork and plain hard work. They represent more than 25 different nationalities and a huge diversity of professional backgrounds and industry sectors. With their enhanced knowledge, skills, confidence, credibility and networks, these students are well-equipped to be outstanding leaders in their fields.”
The recognition ceremony for the Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme follows an intensive 18-month programme of study, based on a series of four-day modules taught at the DIFC Centre of Excellence by the School’s world-class faculty visiting from London. An elective phase of study is delivered principally in London. The ceremony marks the second graduation of students since the School first launched its programme in Dubai three years ago.