His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Attends London Business School Graduation Ceremony in DIFC



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In a landmark ceremony, attended by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) today, London Business School (LBS) celebrated the first graduating class of its Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme.

In the presence of HH Sheikh Maktoum, 76 students who are graduating from the programme were awarded their MBA Degrees.

HH Sheikh Maktoum said: “As the UAE strives to be a leading global nation, it is imperative to give the highest priority to the expansion of world-class educational opportunities. To keep pace with today’s rapidly evolving economic world, continuous education is critical. Today’s business leaders should never stop learning because that which is new today will be old tomorrow. I hope that for the students who are graduating today, a university degree like this will only be the start of a lifelong process of learning.”

The event was also attended by HE Mohamed Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs; HE Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of DIFC and Vice Chairman of the Central Bank of the UAE;; HE Guy Warrington, British Consul General for Dubai and the Northern Emirates; other dignitaries and a large audience of invited guests including corporate leaders and students’ family members. Several alumni were also present, including HE Helal Al Marri, Director General of the World Trade Centre.

The London Business School’s Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme is delivered out of the DIFC Centre of Excellence, the educational arm of the of DIFC.

HE Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of DIFC and Vice Chairman of the UAE Central Bank said:.“As we seek to develop DIFC further as a leading global financial hub, we are keen establish close alliances with leading global educational institutions like London Business School, to develop a large pool of quality knowledge workers in the financial industry. Human capital is one of the major drivers of growth in the Economy and programmes like the London Business School’s Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme will help to create new business leaders who can lead, strategise and innovate in the region’s growing economy.

Sir Andrew Likieman, Dean, 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 wish each student every possible success in the future.”

The graduating class of LBS’ Dubai-London Executive MBA Programme has followed an intensive 18 months programme of study taught in the DIFC Centre of Excellence by the School’s world-class faculty visiting from London.

Demand from top quality applicants for the programme has been so great that the School recently opened a second annual stream, bringing to 234 the number of students currently enrolled on the programme.

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