On 7 November 316 Dubai campus students graduated in a ceremony attended by Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll, Deputy Vice Chancellor International Terry Butland and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Margaret House along with Dubai campus Director Raed Awamleh along with government officials and executives from multi-national companies located in Dubai. As Middlesex’s first international campus, the first Dubai graduation in 2006 saw just eight students graduating, but that figure has risen sharply each year and those increasing numbers demonstrate not just Middlesex University’s Dubai’s rapid expansion and popularity, but also the increasing demand for higher education in Dubai.
2009 is the second year in which the University awarded an honorary degree in Dubai. This year was the turn of Her Excellency Maryam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi who has been Dubai’s Minister of Social Affairs for nearly four years. Prior to joining the government she held a number of educational, academic and social affairs-related roles. Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll commented: “I am delighted that Her Excellency Maryam Al Roumi has accepted an honorary degree from Middlesex. As one of the most senior women in the United Arab Emirates’ government Her Excellency has made huge contributions to the wellbeing of women in the UAE through her involvement in the Ministry of Social Affairs, and to the lives of disabled people through her work in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. I am looking forward to spending time with Her Excellency discussing the issues that are important both to her and to Middlesex University Dubai”.
Another aspect of the Dubai Graduation ceremony was the financial prizes donated by corporate sponsors. Students graduating with distinction were awarded these, from companies such as the Kanoo Group, Fortune Promoseven, Esnaad and iEngish.
One was on a large scale and one was not so large, but the Middlesex University Graduation ceremonies held in Hong Kong on 14 and 15 November were as important as each other. All the students had studied Middlesex programmes, but attended the University’s Hong Kong partner institutions.
The 354 students who graduated in the larger ceremony had attended Middlesex’s partners HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, HKUST College of LifeLong Learning and Hong Kong Management Association. Their 600 guests joined members of Middlesex’s Executive at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong on 14 November. During the ceremony, five Work Based Learning students were awarded a scholarship which was sponsored by Francas Limited.
There may have been only 18 graduating students at the Lingnan Institute of Further Education, but they brought another 70 guests to the ceremony on 15 November. This Graduation ceremony took place at Hong Kong’s Royal Plaza Hotel and once again the University’s Executive were represented.