87 graduates were awarded the University of Manchester MBA degree at the ceremony on Thursday. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The University of Manchester on Thursday held its 2016 MBA graduation ceremony for 87 students of Manchester Business School (MBS) Middle East Centre at The Meydan Hotel in Dubai.

The UAE ceremony is the only one conducted by the university outside the UK, reflecting the importance of the region. The 2016 ceremony coincides with the 10th anniversary of MBS Middle East Centre in Dubai — MBS’ largest and fastest growing international centre that will be rebranded as ‘The University of Manchester’ in the Middle East, from January 2017.

The Presiding Officer at the graduation ceremony was Professor Colin Bailey, Deputy President, University of Manchester.

The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Shaikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, who also addressed the congregation.

In addition, the MBS international awards for Best Individual Student, Best Individual Project and Best Group Project were presented to graduates from the Middle East.



Randa Bessiso, founding director of MBS Middle East Centre, said: “Our graduation ceremony is the highlight of the year for everyone connected with MBS. 10 years after opening our Middle East Centre in Dubai, we are proud to support a large group of working professionals and contributing to business education in the region, operating from the regional hub of business and education …”