Canadian University of Dubai celebrated its fourth graduation ceremony with 450 students receiving their degree certificates at a glittering event held in a packed Sheikh Rashid Hall at Dubai World Trade Centre.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, and His Excellency Sheik Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development witnessed the ceremony, which was attended by over 2500 students, parents and faculty.
The ceremony was particularly poignant for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who was amongst the many proud parents seeing their children graduate - his son, His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Business Administration.
Praising the development of education at Canadian University of Dubai, Sheikh Nahyan said: “Our presence here clearly highlights the great reputation and achievements that Canadian University of Dubai has accomplished in its short life.
“These achievements are represented in its distinguished educational courses, addressing students’ and society’s needs, not to mention fulfilling the requirement for global excellence in its fruitful and valuable collaboration with distinguished international universities.
“Perhaps the most important thing we see is the excellence the Canadian University of Dubai graduates reflect, due to their strong and distinct contributions in the service of the overall development process in the nation and society.”
Mr Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of the Canadian University of Dubai, added: “Canadian University of Dubai will not spare any effort in providing creative higher education that takes into account the abilities and goals of every student, while linking it to the job market.
“The faculty at Canadian University of Dubai constantly strives to achieve this goal to create a successful society full of expertise, a society that reacts creatively and peacefully to its surroundings, a society that does not produce armies and unemployed, an educated society that produces a suitable student for a suitable place. Machines and capital alone do not make prosperity, it is people, educated, progressive people. The result of the progressive educated experience in the UAE.”
Representing the students, Sheikh Rashid thanked the faculty for their hard work and had some stirring words for his fellow graduates:
“I would like to thank members of faculty and administration for all the efforts they put in to develop the university to serve the students and for keeping the name of Canadian University of Dubai a symbol for us and for future generations.
“While we receive our graduation degree and reap the fruits of our toil and effort, we prepare ourselves for a new phase of our lives. We are at the beginning of a journey. We should always remember that success in life requires more effort, more excellence, non-stop seeking of knowledge, keeping up with modern trends and ensuring to benefit from evolution.”
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