Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi hands over certificates to students at the graduation ceremony of Skyline University College, University City of Sharjah, at the University City Hall. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News

Sharjah: As many as 329 business administration students were honoured during the 26th graduation ceremony of Skyline University College (SUC) at University City Hall in Sharjah on Thursday.

The BBA and MBA students of more than 30 nationalities were honoured during the ceremony, which was attended by chief guest Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation and member of the Sharjah Executive Council.

Prominent guests at the event included diplomats, government officials, and media and corporate leaders.

Afra Al Teneiji, an MBA student who graduate with the highest honour (Summa Cum Laude), said in her speech: “We believe that in order for us to grow as well-groomed professionals, we need to constantly learn to dance to the sway of this changing world that we live in. SUC has taught us that innovation and creativity are two of our greatest weapons to stand out in the fiercely competitive industries of today … We pay tribute to our professors who have tirelessly taught, guided, and provided us with good education. We honour the inspiration we received from our parents and from the people in the government and corporates who have shared with us their stories and journeys through workshops and lectures at SUC.”

Following the conferral of degrees, Kamal Puri, founder-president of SUC, addressed the audience, saying: “Through innovation, good entrepreneurship, and multicultural environment, SUC has come a long way since the day of its inception. We have humbly merged 60 different nationalities in one institution and proved that races and culture differences are not a hindrance to acquiring a proper education. This is rather a secret ingredient to broaden the knowledge of the students and see things in ways that no one has ever seen …”

SUC dean Dr Amitabh Upadhya told the students to prove themselves in the workforce. Nitin Anand, SUC executive director and chair of the executive council, presented a memento to Shaikh Sultan as a gesture of appreciation for his presence.