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Middlesex University Dubai hosts 2017 Graduation Ceremony

05/11/2017

Ceremony celebrated the achievements of more than 800 graduates across 90 nationalities

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin recognised for his work with an honorary doctorate

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 November 2017: Middlesex University Dubai celebrated the academic success of more than 800 students during its 2017 Graduation Ceremony held on 4th November 2017 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Safinah Ballroom.

Hailing from more than 90 nationalities, graduating students were awarded degrees across a range of disciplines, including film and media, business, IT, engineering, education, law and psychology.

The ceremony also honoured, Mr. Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Dubai Duty Free for his contribution to UAE society. A key player in the region’s retail sector for nearly 35 years, Mr. McLoughlin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University (DUniv) in recognition of his outstanding service to the sector and the community.

Guests of honour at the ceremony included Middlesex University Chancellor, Dame Janet Ritterman and Middlesex University Vice Chancellor, Professor Tim Blackman, along with Middlesex University Dubai faculty and staff.

“The first overseas campus of Middlesex University, we are now marking the 12th year of operation in the region. Graduation represents everything our students have worked towards during their time at University,” said Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director, Middlesex University Dubai. “On behalf of the Middlesex University Dubai faculty and staff, I would like to congratulate our 2017 graduates. Each student should be proud of their achievements.”

“A university for skills with a significant global presence, Middlesex prides itself on its diverse community of students and academics. The 2017 Middlesex University Dubai graduates are joining an extraordinary group of alumni, committed to applying the skills they have learnt during their time to embark on fulfilling careers,” said Dame Ritterman. “Congratulations to the 2017 graduates, we look forward to hearing about your future achievements.”

“Undertaking higher education studies is a big task, requiring hard work, resilience and dedication,” said Professor Blackman. “We wish each student every success as they go on to become the entrepreneurs, the creators and the professionals who will make a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of the UAE and beyond.”

"Having worked in the region’s retail sector for nearly 35 years, I’ve seen Dubai transform into the city it is today and much of the credit goes to the Government of Dubai and its forward thinking leadership", said Mr. McLoughlin. “I am honoured to be recognised by such a prestigious institution as Middlesex University Dubai, for my work and I dedicate this to my wife and family, to my Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and to the wonderful team of employees at Dubai Duty Free". 

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