Under the patronage of HE Ralph Tarraf, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business/ the German Jordanian University, celebrated the graduation of the fourth Masters class at the Royal Cultural Center.
The ceremony was attended by HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of TAGSB Higher Advisory Council, Professor Dr. Labib Khadra, president of the German Jordanian University (GJU), Dr. Amin Mahmoud, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Jordanian University, members of the Board and members of the Higher Advisory Council, faculty members and a host of guests.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Dr. Edward Gress, TAGSB advisor announced that 78 students have successfully completed the requirements for obtaining the Master’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Quality Management, HR and Intellectual Property.
HE Ambassador Tarraf commended in his opening note the wisdom of HM King Abdullah II for his constant support to the German Jordanian University which is considered a success story. He also stressed the successful partnership between the private and public sectors in Germany and Jordan in the establishment of TAGSB; a model partnership in the higher education thanks to the cooperation and joint efforts along with the support and inspiration of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh TAGSB’s main force and drive.
Meanwhile, Dr. Khadra said in his speech that “the University has sought after partnerships with the private sector which was crystallized by the establishment of TAGSB; the joint venture between the public sector represented by the GJU and the private sector represented by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization. We consider this partnership an example to be followed by other universities and a translation of HM King Abdullah II’s vision in building strategic partnerships between higher education and private sector”.
Dr. Khadra underlined GJU’s pride of its partnership and ongoing cooperation with Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization not on the financial but also on the academic level.
“The absolute belief of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh in the need to contribute to the sustainable development and serve the Jordanian and Arab youth led to surpassing all obstacles and continuous achievements by TAGSB,” he concluded.
TAGSB Higher Advisor Council Chairman, in his speech, recalled the directives of HM King Abdullah II in making the higher education a key priority for the country, and to His Government. He also congratulated the graduates and their families for their accomplishment.
“I would also like to express my profound appreciation and thanks to the Patron of this ceremony, His Excellency, Mr. Ralph Tarraf, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, who has honored us with his patronage and whose Government, himself, and the German people are our most valued partners in making this institute of higher learning an outstanding example of a successful public-private partnership in the field of education,” Abu-Ghazaleh said.
He stated that although TAG Graduate School of Business is a young institution, within the short span of six years, it has won international recognition and renown for the excellence of its academic and professional standards. Soon after its establishment, its MBA Program was accorded in 2009 a five-year accreditation by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). In the past year, not only was the school featured in the Forbes Magazine as the region’s premier business school, it was also given the Award of the ‘Best Educational Institute in Management in Asia’ by the World Educational congress Asia Awards 2011. But, to me, the greatest recognition has come in the form of the fierce and growing competition among some of the most gifted students in Jordan and worldwide for every seat in the MBA Program.
Abu-Ghazaleh addressed the graduates; “I am convinced that if you sustain the spirit of excellence and stand by the core values of ethical and moral behavior that have been embedded in you by your elite business education, nothing will be beyond your grasp. You can scale any heights and overcome any obstacles that might come your way. You are the gifted who have been trained to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
On behalf of all the graduates, Zein Malhas said that during the past two years, the students attended lectures, took part in intensive discussions and conducted research for one joint goal which is learning.
Malhas addressed Abu-Ghazaleh saying “Yes, you should be proud of this College that you have established and of those leading graduates.”
At the end of the ceremony, Abu-Ghazaleh presented TAGSB shield to Ambassador Tarraf for his patronage, Shield of Excellence to TAGSB Professor of Marketing Dr. Mamoun Akroush as selected by the graduate in addition to financial awards, TAGSB Shields, and a "TAGITOP" to the top distinguished students.