UOWD celebrates 10,000th degree milestone at 32nd graduation ceremony

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UOWD celebrates 10,000th degree milestone at 32nd graduation ceremony
Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum presenting a degree to a top graduate.

Published: Fri 3 Nov 2017, 1:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Nov 2017, 3:35 PM

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) celebrated a major achievement in its nearly 25-year history by conferring the 10,000th degree at the University's 32nd graduation ceremony.
Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the guest of honour, presented degrees to top graduates at the post-graduation segment of the ceremony.
A total of 372 undergraduate and postgraduate students received their degrees at the graduation ceremony held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
In his welcome address, Professor Mohamed-Vall M. Salem Zein, President of UOWD, said: "We are proud to commemorate another landmark achievement in the University's history - awarding our 10,000th degree. We have come a long way from our humble beginnings in the UAE 24 years ago and are honoured to be able to deliver high-calibre graduates to represent the University in the global workforce."
Addressing the graduates at the postgraduate ceremony, Mahmood Al Bastaki, chief executive officer, Dubai Trade FZE and member of the UOWD External Advisory Council, praised the graduates for their efforts in completing their studies. He also encouraged the graduates to continuously improve their skills and knowledge to enable them to meet the demands and needs of a constantly changing world.
The graduation ceremonies were attended by Arthur Spyrou, Australian Ambassador to the UAE; Professor Paul Wellings CBE, Vice-Chancellor, UOW Australia; Joe Chicaro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UOW Australia; Peter Robson, Chairman, UOWD Board and Marisa Mastroianni, Group CEO and managing director, UOW Enterprises.
In a keynote speech at the undergraduate ceremony, Steven Young, President of Bosch Middle East said: "As long as you stay true to your values and follow your dreams with passion, it doesn't matter how and when you reach your goals. Embrace the challenges you may face in your life and try to turn them into opportunities. Be passionate about what you do in your personal and professional life and make time to do the things you love."
The Vote of Thanks on behalf of the graduates was delivered by Arohi Jaya Bangera, Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing and Janice Remita Rodrigues, Master of Media and Communications.   Among this year's winners of academic excellence were Alya Saeed Mudhafar Salem AlSaadi, Top Emirati graduate; Salma Rakhman, Top Graduate in Bachelor of Commerce, International Business, Maziar Malakoutykhah, Bachelor of Computer Science; Yulia Vlasova, Top Graduate in Master of Business Administration and Murad Marwan Fawsi Sawalha, Top Graduate in Master of Engineering Management.

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