The British University in Dubai celebrates two cohorts of graduates at Za’abeel Park
Under the Chancellorship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, The British University in Dubai (BUiD) celebrated the graduation of its fifteenth and sixteenth cohorts of graduates at the doctoral and Masters levels at Za’abeel Park on 15 December 2021. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Simon Penney, Her Majesty’s Consul General of the British Embassy in Dubai, the University’s Council members, academic and administrative staff, and family and friends of the graduates.
Due to COVID-19 BUiD was unable to hold a ceremony in 2020, so this year more than 350 postgraduate students graduated, with 200 graduands attending the ceremony including 57 at the doctoral level.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdullah Alshamsi, welcomed the graduates, their families, and guests. He said, ‘This graduation comes in a very special year for all of us as we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates. On this occasion, we remember and acknowledge the efforts made by our founding leaders, namely His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Highness the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, along with the rulers of all the Emirates who have made the dream of a union a reality.
I’m also honoured on behalf of BUiD to congratulate His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister, and ruler of Dubai, and all Their Highnesses the members of the Supreme Council on this historic occasion.” He added, “It has been a difficult two years, yet our students have put in the extra effort needed to fulfil all the requirements of their studies. Congratulations – you should be proud of yourselves, the skills you have developed and the knowledge you have gained. We are very proud of you.”
Dr. Khawla Al Shehhi, PhD in Education, and Abdullah Alsoori Alzaabi, Master of Education, spoke on behalf of the graduates. Dr. Al Shehhi thanked the University, “You have played a key role in shaping us and always encouraging us. Words are not enough to express our appreciation but please accept this from our hearts. All of us had different backgrounds when we entered here, and we all met friends who came from very different parts of the world; but we are leaving as proud graduates of the same university with a common dream and a goal which is to be successful.”
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