The first graduates from the University’s new Dubai campus joined our global alumni community in December 2019.
The inaugural cohort of postgraduates to cross the stage included:
- Ahmad Khouli, who is helping identify pneumonia from x-ray images using artificial intelligence
- Amira Tukur who is exploring the representation of female leaders in the Boardroom
- Mohammed Alyassi, whose expertise in cybersecurity will help tackle malicious web activity
- Surya Kosajaru, who developed a game to assist children with learning difficulties
- Neelay Deshmukh, who volunteered to share his professional experience with his fellow students
Surya says: 'My proudest achievement is getting a job before I graduated. My plans after graduation are to keep learning and to make an impact in any industry I work in. My advice to future graduates is don’t be afraid to dream and apply for a job that you think you won’t get.'
The ceremony bore many of the hallmarks of the great graduation days at our Edgbaston campus. Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood presided, processions were joined by the Guild of Students, our time-honoured mace bearers, and accompanied by distinguished guest speakers, which included two alumni of the University, Leonard Stall (BSocSci Economic & Social History, 1982) and Christopher Bromham (BSc Mathematics and Sports Science, 1999), principal of a local Dubai school.
The first graduation followed the ground breaking ceremony in November, beginning 18 months of building work to create a purpose-built campus in Dubai’s Academic City.
Speaking at the graduation, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood said: 'Our new campus will offer us the opportunity to continue to build our undergraduate and postgraduate-taught student community and ensure that they are joined by a community of postgraduate researchers. It will also provide even greater scope for developing further the government and industry partnerships needed to continue to develop the research rich environment that characterises a university like ours.'