The event, at Zayed University, also saw Murdoch University in Dubai holding its very first Graduation Celebration and congratulating its first cohort of undergraduates. The sixth cohort of postgraduates was also recognised at the event.
The lecture, entitled Celebrating Openness: Dubai, the UAE, Australia, Murdoch University and the Class of 2011, was delivered in the presence of Mr Terry Budge – Chancellor of Murdoch University, Professor Gary Martin – Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, His Excellency Dr Abdulla Al Karam – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of KHDA, Professor Zafar Siddiqi – Chairman of Murdoch University, Dr Ayoub Kazim – Managing Director, Education Cluster, TECOM, Mr Ibrahim Jamel – Director of Operations, Education Cluster, TECOM Investments, and Mr Rakesh Wahi – Vice Chairman of Murdoch University in Dubai, as well as other dignitaries, faculty members, students, alumni and guests.
Opening the event, Professor John Grainger, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University Dubai, congratulated and commended the graduating class for their academic success. Speaking proudly of the achievements of Murdoch University in Dubai he urged the students: “You now have the responsibility of carrying out the mission of our university as our alumni. You should continue to extend knowledge, stimulate learning and continue to promote understanding to benefit our global community”.
In his letter to the students, Professor Grainger stressed the expectation of students to “uphold the values that the Murdoch culture has moulded into you: equity, and social justice, global responsibility, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as concern for sustainability".
His Excellency Mr Doug Trappett said that “by embracing openness, Dubai set the template for the economic growth and continued social advancement of a broader region”. He emphasised the wealth of having an education and urged aspiring students and graduates alike “education and research are the driving forces of modern economics, and the 'secret ingredient' that can give countries a qualitative edge over competitors”.
Dr Abdulla Al Karam of KHDA said: “Murdoch can be very proud of its graduates. We all know how much hard work a degree represents, at whatever level. We also know that students do not achieve graduation alone – it is a team effort, the support of the faculty, parents and guardians, family and friends. We wish today’s graduates every success in their chosen careers."
The Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture was followed by a celebration of the success of the first cohort of undergraduates from Murdoch University in Dubai. These included graduates from the School of Media Communication and Culture and Murdoch Business School. Murdoch University also honoured its postgraduates at the celebration which included graduates from the Murdoch Business School and School of Education. Mr Terry Budge, Chancellor of Murdoch University in Dubai, carried out the presentation ceremony.
Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, Dubai Knowledge and Dubai International Academic City, members of TECOM Investments, Education Cluster, said: “I congratulate the graduating batch of our academic partner, Murdoch University. We are confident the students will go on to carve an identity for themselves as they embark upon their careers in diverse industries."
This year, Murdoch University in Dubai also awarded a posthumous award to Zainab Hussain, an exceptional Management student who sadly passed away without being able to complete her degree. Zainab was described as a fantastic student who submitted all her work on time. Nobody could have guessed she was fighting a serious illness during her time at Murdoch. The award was received by Zainab’s father, Shabbir Hussain.