Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Third Cohort of Executive MBA Students Graduate from Cass Business School Dubai



  • Ceremony attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
  • 23 different nationalities represented in graduating class

The third cohort of students from the Cass Business School Dubai Executive MBA (EMBA) programme have graduated in a ceremony held at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of DIFC, and attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The Cass EMBA is a flexible part-time course aimed at managers in the Gulf region who wish to accelerate their career development while remaining in full-time employment. The course has the same content as Cass’s London-based Executive MBA, which in 2011 was ranked third in the UK and seventh in Europe by the Financial Times, with classes delivered by Cass academics who visit Dubai over a long weekend once a month.

This year’s cohort of students hail from a variety of industries, including energy, engineering, commerce, manufacturing, finance, legal and government. A total of 23 different countries are represented in this year’s graduating class, including students from as far away as Argentina, Australia, China and the USA.

His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Saleh, Governor of DIFC, said: “I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the Executive MBA programme students graduating from Cass Business School today. DIFC is proud to support educational programmes with Cass’s quality that build up human capital for the financial services sector in the region, and help us deliver on our mandate to place Dubai and the UAE in the top league of international financial centres. These programmes provide professionals with the opportunity to access the very best of global management thinking, research and practice, equipping them with the analytical tools and knowledge to face the rapidly evolving business world. We wish the new graduates the best of luck and look forward to their contribution towards the growth of the regional financial services industry.”
“It is with enormous pride that we celebrate the graduation of the third cohort of EMBA students from our DIFC campus,” said Professor Paul Curran, Vice Chancellor of City University London, of which Cass Business School is a part. “Since opening in 2007, the Cass Dubai Centre has established itself as a dynamic hub for business education in the Middle East, offering regionally relevant electives delivered by world-class academics. The class of 2012 join hundreds of fellow alumni who have earned the prestigious Cass EMBA degree and are now forging careers at the very top of the global business community.”

“Consistently ranked among the best in the world, the Cass EMBA programme is designed to unlock the potential of outstanding individuals and create an accelerated career path,” said Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director, MENA of Cass Business School, part of City University London, and Head of Cass Dubai Centre. “I extend my congratulations to all our students on successfully completing the rigorous 24-month course, and I look forward to hearing about their progress at one of our frequent alumni events across the world.”

As the first EMBA programme in the world to offer specialisations in Islamic Finance and Oil and Energy Economics, the Cass EMBA is regionally-relevant, offering electives in Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Change Management, Advanced Corporate Strategy, Islamic Economics, Islamic Law of Business Transactions, as well as Mergers and Acquisitions, Advanced Corporate Finance and Private Equity. The Cass EMBA continues to increase in popularity, with student admissions to the programme in Dubai growing by 80 per cent since 2007.

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