Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, the University of Dubai (UD) honored the 18th batch of graduates; 196 male and female graduates obtaining a doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines during a ceremony that was held remotely via the “YouTube” channel.
The ceremony was attended by members of the University’s Board of Trustees, UD President Dr. Eesa Bastaki, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Hussain Al-Ahmad, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Nasser Al-Murqab, Chairman of the Graduation Ceremony Committee, deans, faculty members, administrative staff, Director of Student Services Haitham Al-Maaini, graduates, parents and students.
His Excellency Majid Hamad Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Dubai, delivered a speech in which he welcomed the honorable attendees and said that the University organized the ceremony virtually to prevent the Covid 19 pandemic implications that UD managed to overcome with effective and efficient planning.
He said that the University today celebrates success in a country that does not know the impossible. “The UAE has been continuously proving to the world that it can easily face any challenges with the will and determination of its people,” he added.
He said to the graduates: “You are the future of this country. You are the children of Zayed who were able to explore space despite the Corona pandemic. You are the entrepreneurs and researchers who will advance technology and educate the next generations. You are our hope for achieving growth and prosperity. You are the hope makers of whom we will be proud of their achievements in the future, and you are the ones who will take the initiative to enhance the UAE’s role in all sectors and fields.” He added that this year – the year of the 50th – the UAE is witnessing the launch of the largest work strategy in preparation for future development and a civilized journey during which we will achieve great successes and tremendous growth in all vital sectors. He mentioned that the University of Dubai has contributed, since its establishment in 1997, to the education of more than 2,750 male and female graduates, more than 53 percent of whom are citizens. It has also contributed to educating students from all over the world while maintaining its motto “Local Roots, Global Reach.”
He also thanked the wise leaders of the UAE for their continuous support to the education sector and their keenness to provide academic services of international standards to students.
Moreover, he extended his deepest gratitude towards His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for his constant sponsorship of the education sector and his eagerness to enhance the quality of education in the UAE.
In the end, he thanked the Dubai Chamber for harnessing all possibilities and human capacities to stimulate and enable creativity, innovation and academic research.
At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Eesa Bastaki, President of the University, officially granted the degrees to the 196 graduates of the 18th batch including PhD in Business Administration, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Law, Bachelors in Business Administration, and Bachelors in Engineering and Information Technology; Each according to his/her specialization from the Dubai Business School, the College of Law, and the College of Engineering and Information Technology.
Dr. Bastaki also said that he is proud of UD students and graduates who contributed to raising its position locally and internationally and maintaining its quality in all aspects. He called on students and graduates to adhere to the basic principles of humanity and gave them tips to guide their way through the future. “Certificates are not enough, but rather the acquisition and development of skills, keenness on continuous learning, hard work and innovation and positivity are key to success,” he said.
He added that the graduation of this batch coincides with the launching of Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest event in the world, which tells the story of the UAE’s success in being the fastest country in the world to recover from the effects of the pandemic, and sends a message of hope to the world from the UAE. “Thanks to the visionary leaders of this country which has become the land of opportunities and home to a loyal nation that seeks to return the favor to the giving country,” Dr. Bastaki said.
Ruqaiya Al-Saqqaf gave a speech for the graduates, in which she thanked the administrative staff and faculty members for their dedication in providing the best academic services. She also highlighted the importance of research in building nations and enhancing the role of males and females in developing modern and civilized communities.
The ceremony included a video presentation of male and female graduates in graduation gowns, in addition to clips expressing the joy of families and parents.