Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with James Baker attend the Graduation ceremony at American University in Dubai. - Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, accompanied by James Baker, the former US Secretary of State, presided over the first graduation ceremony of the American University in Dubai at which 87 students were awarded degrees. After the ceremony, Shaikh Mohammad said, “We encourage and support the establishment of universities and higher academic institutes in our country. We provide these institutes with all possible facilities to undertake their human mission, contribute to the updating and spreading of knowledge and to reflect our country’s development in all sectors.” He praised the educational standard of the graduates and said he hoped more UAE nationals would join the universities and institutes and contribute to the country’s progress. Baker handed out degrees in arts, fine arts and business administration to the graduates and Shaikh Mohammad shook hands with them, congratulating them on their success.

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