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UOWD crosses new milestone: 5,000 graduates in 18 years

Thursday, 31 March, 2011

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has reached a new milestone of having produced 5,000 graduates in its 18-year history in the UAE. This was announced at the 19th Graduation Ceremony held today in Dubai.

Degrees were conferred on 364 undergraduate and postgraduate students at the spring 2011 Graduation Ceremony, which was attended by His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum Director General of the Dubai Department of Information, His Excellency Humaid Mohammed al Qutami , the Minister For Education, Dr Abdulla al Karam, Director of KHDA, His Excellency, Doug Trappett, Australian Ambassador to the UAE, Prof. Rob Whelan, President of UOWD, and other dignitaries.

Delivering his welcome address, Prof. Rob Whelan said UOWD was proud to be committed to the national goals of the UAE and playing a leading role in the education of the countrys human capital.

"When UOWD was established, 18 years ago, we were convinced of the prosperous future of the UAE. Today, this belief is even stronger and we are proud to be committed to the goals of the UAE and especially of Dubai. With todays ceremony, UOWD has reached a new milestone of having produced 5,000 graduates.

"In 2010, we became the first private University in the UAE to offer nationally accredited doctoral degrees in business. Now, over the past few months, we have been working with the Ministry on accreditation of a Master of Mass Media and Communications and a Master of International Studies. We expect to launch these degrees in Autumn of this year representing a major step in the broadening of UOWDs degree programs, Prof. Rob Whelan added.

The guest speaker on the occasion was Mohammed I. A. Murad, Managing Director of Tanseeq, an event management company, and UOWD graduate in MBA (2000) and MQM (2001). He is also the driving force behind Toastmasters UAE. In his address, he provided glimpses into the world of opportunities open for graduates today, and reminded the young graduates what a blessing it is to take a degree in a good university.

Reflecting the multinational environment of UOWD, the graduation ceremony witnessed students of 39 different nationalities receiving their degrees.

Among this years top graduates was Divya Phulwani, a UOWD staff member who obtained top scores in Master of Applied Finance and Banking. Divya is currently a teaching assistant at UOWD in the same faculty.

Delivering a Vote of Thanks on behalf of the graduating students, Khalid Al Naqeeb, a student of MBA, hailed the roles of faculty members at the university.

"Through the dedication of our professors and lecturers, we have learnt so much. With their wealth of knowledge, they have given us enduring foundations in our chosen fields of study. Through debate, our teachers have stimulated us to think more critically and to think for ourselves. They have taught us to explore new worlds in each science. We appreciate their tough love as our advisors helping us build our careers, he said.

The Graduation Ceremony ended with a reception hosted by the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Click here for the President's opening remarks
Click here for the Australian Ambassadors Address
Click here for the Vote of Thanks