For the second year in a row, Middlesex University Dubai hosted a study visit for a group of 25 students and faculty led by Dr Andrew Bradly from Australian National University in Canberra. The group was welcomed by Dr Cody Morris Paris, Deputy Director for Academic Planning and Research at Middlesex University Dubai. Following the welcome, the group attended several sessions from Middlesex University faculty members on key strategic topics related to Dubai and the UAE.
Rory McConnon, Senior Lecturer and Campus Programme Coordinator discussed Dubai’s transformation as a leading business hub. He gave examples of some of the best practices adopted by firms in the UAE. Andrew Mackenzie, Lecturer in Business provided insight on the importance of sustainability for business in Dubai, and as well as an overview of the initiatives undertaken by the Institute of Sustainable Development at Middlesex University Dubai. He also shared the success of the recycling initiative undertaken in partnership with Simply Bottles at the campus which saw recycled plastic bottles turn it into promotional material such as caps and t-shirts. Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian, Senior Lecturer in Business and Chair of Research, shared insights on how Dubai has emerged as one of the leading logistics hubs in the world.
Following the presentations and Q&A, visiting students attended an interactive workshop with second-year MDX Dubai business students. The workshop facilitated by Dr Sreejith saw students engage in meaningful discussion on the challenges and opportunities afforded by the business environment in Australia and the UAE as well as the multitude of opportunities to strengthen the ties between the two countries. The interaction provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn from each other and overcome some of the misconceptions they had about each other’s culture.
Reflecting on the experience, Shagun Maheshwari, Middlesex University Dubai Student said “It was a very insightful and constructive session, and a great opportunity to enhance my cultural understanding of Australia.”