Second cohort of Cass Business School students graduate from leading Executive MBA Programme

Press release
Published May 4th, 2011 - 01:20 GMT
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Professor Paul Curran delivering the Cass Executive MBA degree to a student
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Professor Paul Curran delivering the Cass Executive MBA degree to a student

The second cohort of students graduated from the world-leading Cass Business School Executive MBA programme delivered in Dubai in a ceremony held at DIFC yesterday under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Al Maktoum, and attended by H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman Dubai Airport, President, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO, Emirates, HE Ahmed Humaid Al TAyer, Governor of DIFC and H.E. Mr Dominic Jermey CVO OBE , HM Ambassador to the UAE.

The Cass EMBA is a flexible part-time course aimed at managers in the Gulf region who want to accelerate their career development whilst remaining in full-time employment. The course has the same content as Cass’s London-based Executive MBA, which in 2010 was ranked second in the UK, fourth in Europe and 10th in the world by the Financial Times. Graduates from this year’s EMBA programme include top level executives from across the Gulf region, representing varied industries including energy, engineering, commerce, manufacturing, finance, legal and government. 

HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of DIFC said: “As part of its efforts to help develop and grow the financial services sector in the region, DIFC has supported and introduced a wide range of executive education programmes that help professionals remain at the forefront of the industry. Programmes, such as the Cass Executive MBA, give regional talent the opportunity to access the very best of global management thinking, research and practice, equipping them with the knowledge needed to face the rapidly changing business environment. We wish the second cohort of graduates the best of luck in their future endeavours and hope they continue to contribute to the growth of the financial services industry.”

Professor Paul Curran, Vice Chancellor of City University London, which Cass Business School is a part of, said of the EMBA programme’s continued success, “I am pleased to congratulate this year’s graduates on their EMBA achievement.  The Cass Business School EMBA is consistently ranked amongst the best in the world and is taught by experts who advise leading companies, the authors of important business texts and pioneering researchers, and I have no doubt that these graduates’ professional lives will be enriched as a result of the Cass EMBA programme.  As our graduates now complete their transition from Cass students to highly regarded Cass alumni, on behalf of the University I wish them the very best”.

As the first EMBA programme in the world to offer specialisations in Islamic Finance and Oil and Energy Economics, the Cass EMBA is regionally-relevant, offering electives in Global Real Estate Markets, and Entrepreneurship and Family Business.  The EMBA has become increasingly popular, student admissions to the EMBA programme in Dubai have grown by 90 per cent in the last four years.

Background Information

Cass Business School

Cass Business School is one of City, University of London’s five Schools. It’s among Europe’s leading business schools and in the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation.


Dubai International Financial Center

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of US$ 7.7 trillion.

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