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Campus News : December 2010
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News December 2010 13 The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has been operating since 1993 and is now one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates. UOWD currently has an enrolment of approximately 3300 students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Computer Science at its location in Dubai's Knowledge Village. Postcard from Dubai The University of Wollongong in Dubai conferred degrees on 386 undergraduate and postgraduate students at its Autumn Graduation Ceremony in October. Dubai Department of Information Director-General Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum and Australian Consul General to the United Arab Emirates Kym Hewitt were among the special guests at the ceremony, UOW Chancellor Jillian Broadbent delivered the graduation address, saying: "As Chancellor of the University of Wollongong Australia, I am proud of our role, through UOWD, in enhancing Dubai's international education. We look forward to continuing to broaden the range of programs which we provide. "We are confident that the close association we have with UOWD creates many opportunities for UOWD graduates," she added. Ms Broadbent reminded the graduating students that 'change' and 'companionship' were two key factors that would drive them to success in their careers. "To manage change, we should be proactive in developing our change preparedness, our resilience and mastering the 'art of recovery' -- learning how to fall and recover. Companionship provides the ready opportunity to draw on the experience and skills of your team members, your management and, in time, your own recruits," she said. Delivering the welcome address, UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan said he was proud to be committed to the goals of the UAE and of Dubai, and looked forward to supporting further development of the UAE by playing a leading role in the education of its human capital by delivering a high-quality Australian- based education. "We have already produced nearly 4500 graduates. With today's ceremony, this number nears 5000. This is a significant milestone," Professor Whelan said. Master of Strategic Marketing graduate and TV presenter Shurooq Al Banna proposed the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the graduating students. She said they were leaving UOWD as 'richer' individuals and hailed the role of teachers in their growth. "It is the teachers who mould us and teach us lessons that remain with us all our life. In some cultures, teachers are seen as the equivalents of prophets. We, at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, are lucky enough to have been taught by staff who not only care for our academic excellence but also our welfare. We carry nothing but complete respect for these educators," Shurooq said. Hessa Mohamed Hassan Abdulla Ibrahim, who completed her Master of Applied Finance and Banking, won dual honours as the top graduating student in the program and the top graduating UAE national. The star student, who is currently employed in the finance department of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), co-authored a paper on An assessment of herd behaviour in UAE equity markets which won the Department of Economic Development Award in 2008. CN UOWD nears graduation milestone University of Wollongong Ambassador and former international cricket star Adam Gilchrist was a big hit with UOWD staff and students on his visit to Dubai in October. Gilchrist's visit to UOWD's campus at Dubai's Knowledge Village was part of a promotional trip to the United Arab Emirates, with Gilchrist and senior UOW officers meeting business leaders in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to discuss opportunities in Australia. They were promoting opportunities for UAE-based technology companies to establish operations at UOW's Innovation Campus and form partnerships with the University's world-class research institutes. Speaking to students at UOWD, Gilchrist stressed the importance of education in modern life during a lively question-answer session with the students. "Education has played a big role in my life. My parents were teachers. My elder brother, Glenn, studied at the University of Wollongong. In fact, I was about to join the same university, but I joined the Australian Cricket Gilchrist big hit on Dubai visit Academy instead at the insistence of Rod Marsh," said Gilchrist. The star cricketer also gave a pep talk to budding cricketers of the UOWD cricket team, bowling the young cricketers over with his ease, sense of humour and practical demonstrations of cricketing techniques. UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan introduced Gilchrist as an extraordinary cricketer and a strong supporter of quality education, and described his fruitful association with UOW as its brand ambassador in India. Gilchrist joined Professor Whelan in awarding the UOWD Scholarship for Sporting Excellence to this year's winner, Anish Ahuja, who had been a member of the UAE Under 15 Cricket team. "It is really exciting to be in the UAE in a different role from cricket," Gilchrist said. "I'm looking forward to talking to business leaders here about the opportunities for establishing a presence in Australia on the Innovation Campus in Wollongong." UOW Vice-Principal (Administration) Chris Grange said the University had developed many strong relationships in the UAE since establishing UOWD in 1993. "By establishing the Innovation Campus, (UAE) firms can tap into our research institutes and our graduates, while establishing an Australian presence," Mr Grange said. CN Above: Adam Gilchrist presented UOWD's Scholarship for Sporting Excellence to this year's winner, Anish Ahuja, who had been a member of the UAE Under 15 Cricket team. Below: Adam Gilchrist signs the t-shirt of UOWD staff member Sofya Mohammed during his visit to the campus in October.