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Emirati student awarded first Innovation & Entrepreneurship degree at UOWD’s 33rd Graduation Ceremony

The first Master of Business in Innovation & Entrepreneurship degree of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) was awarded to an Emirati student at its 33rd Graduation Ceremony which conferred degrees on 292 graduates from across different faculties.

The Master of Business in Innovation and Entrepreneurship was launched in 2016, and Faris Ali, an Emirati student, became the first graduate to obtain the degree.

Faris commented: “It gives me great pleasure to be the UAE’s first graduate with a Masters degree in the innovation and entrepreneurship specialisation from UOWD. The program offers hands-on practical knowledge to implement in terms of being an entrepreneur, innovator or both and also enables entrepreneurs to learn about leadership and fundamentals of establishing and running a business through insights from many success stories”

The ceremony was attended by Mrs Claire Ireland, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, UAE; Ms Jillian Broadbent AO, Chancellor, UOW; Mr Peter Robson AO, Chairman, UOWD Board; Ms Marisa Mastroianni, Group CEO and Managing Director, UOW Enterprises; Ms Anna Fedeles, Deputy Consul-General and Trade Commissioner, Dubai; Dr Tarek Oliveira Shayya, Board Director – Chief International Participants Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai; Board members, academic and professional staff, friends and family.

In his opening speech, Professor Mohamed-Vall M.Salem Zein, President of UOWD said: “Our success is not only based on academic excellence but is largely due to our alumni who is doing incredible work in our region and beyond and making their mark as UOWD ambassadors. Today, our graduates will join a global network of nearly 140,000 alumni and we are looking forward in following and celebrating their career achievements in the years to come”.

Addressing the graduates, Dr Tarek Shayya said: “Don’t be discouraged if your journey from here is not going according to plan, but be willing to accept and embrace change, which will always be part of life. Stay true to your identity, values and aspirations, and don’t let anyone define who you should be”.

The University, celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, has conferred nearly 10,000 degrees since 1996, with 1637 degrees awarded to UAE Nationals.

Among those who received their degrees was Sarra Lajnef, an Olympic swimmer and recipient of Adam Gilchrist Sport Scholarship winner, who graduated in Master of International Business.

Amongst the University’s top achievers were Willem Bouwer, Bachelor of Commerce in International Business, Chris Johnathon, Bachelor of Engineering and Krishnan Kuttappan, Master of Science in Logistics.

The Dubai International Academic City’s Academics Excellence Awards were awarded to top performing students Syed Sajjad Azhar Kazmi and Maryam Salman.

The Graduation Ceremony concluded with Solomon Sunil Suresh delivering the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the graduates followed by a reception for all graduates and their guests.

About UOWD
Celebrating 25 years in the UAE!
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is one of the UAE’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia – currently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world – UOW in Dubai represents a pioneering Australian initiative in the Gulf region. The University has more than 3,600 students and supports a network of more than 10,000 alumni.
Etresia Wolmarans
Communications Executive, UOWD
T +971 04 278 1723 | E EtresiaWolmarans@uowdubai.ac.ae

Rajesh Prema
Associate Manager, Marketing & Communications, UOWD
T +971 04 278 1724

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