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Sun, Sand & Fun in Musandam

June 6, 2015

Murdoch Students at Musandam

For the first time in Murdoch University Dubai history, students made an out of country trip to Musandam, Oman to soak up the sun, surf and sand on a dhow cruise that set sail amidst a picturesque landscape.

Students set off on a bright summer morning in June and were energized by the warm water and cool winds which offered reprieve from the sun’s hot rays. The group took shelter on the dhow and enjoyed a buffet lunch and music while taking in the majestic panorama of rugged coast, craggy rocks and deep blue sea. .

The rest and relaxation were a welcome break from the summer term and allowed students to socialize outside an academic environment. The trip offered a variety of adventures from swimming, snorkelling and kayaking to fishing and collecting live oysters and shells.

“This was a great experience for students who not only got the chance to visit a neighbouring country but also experience an authentic Arabic boat,” said Shweta Wahi, co-organizer of the event. “All in all it was a success and we can’t wait for the next trip!”


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My UAE: Abdulla Mohammed Salem Humaid Al Suwaidi’s promising future

June 8, 2015

Murdoch Student speaks

Visionary, limitless and home best describe how Abdulla Mohammed Salem Humaid Al Suwaidi, 20, feels about Dubai, the place he spends his days promoting as a digital-marketing executive with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

Having studied media and screen production at Murdoch University Dubai, and with interests in film production, photography and journalism, the Emirati graduate says he’s proud to be able to contribute to the city.

“With the growth of the tourism industry, joining DTCM was the right choice to accomplish my and the city’s dream by moving a step towards turning Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s 2020 vision into a reality,” he says.

Al Suwaidi thinks his job is nurturing his skills and allowing him to grow. “My managers challenge and encourage me every day. When it comes to my photography and videography, I challenge myself on each task given to me.”

Among Al Suwaidi’s list of career achievements is video work he has put together, some of which have become hits on social media.

(Contd) - News from The National

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Murdoch University Dubai campus expansion now official

June 7, 2015

Murdoch Expansion Plan

After six years of organic growth and success in delivering Australian academic excellence in the UAE, Murdoch University Dubai is set to double the size of its campus this September. Since 2008, the university has grown from strength to strength and is currently preparing to welcome over 900 students this September.

Dan Adkins, Academic Director of Murdoch University Dubai, said “The expansion of the campus is a result of the university’s strategic direction and growth plans. The January intake alone witnessed a record breaking 44 % year on year rise in enrolments”

“I am very pleased that our student enrolment and overall student load have increased sharply”, said Dr Max Sully, Dean and Academic President.


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Murdoch varsity workshop to discuss preparing students for changing world

May 21, 2015

Murdoch Annual Counsellor Forum

The Murdoch University Dubai, following last year’s success, is hosting high school counsellors from across the UAE at its third Annual Counsellor’s Workshop on Thursday at the Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

The theme for this year’s forum is “Key Issues for Counsellors and Teachers in Preparing Students for a Changing World”.

Education today is witnessing accelerating change that has given rise to certain key issues which counsellors and educators need to assimilate while guiding students on their future career path.

The event’s keynote speakers, Dr Max Sully, Dean and Academic President for Murdoch University Dubai and Gail Fernandez, Academic Advisor from the Scholarship Office at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, will therefore be addressing the importance of preparing high school graduates with “Emotional Intelligence and Coping Skills” as well as, “Career Decision Making”.

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Murdoch University Dubai responds to Nepal quake

May 17, 2015

Murdoch Nepal

On April 25, three undergraduate students from Murdoch University Dubai and five staff members of the university’s infrastructure provider, Global Institute Middle East had just landed at the Kathmandu airport for a trek to Everest Base Camp when the powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. They proceeded to drive towards the centre of Kathmandu, but were abandoned by their driver, who left to check on his own family, and had to hike to their hotel. As they hiked into town, they saw the unfolding human tragedy and, as a group, decided that they must help. After just over 48 hours the team was able to fly out of Nepal and return to Dubai.

“While we have left the devastation in Nepal, the devastation will never leave us”, said Gary Fernandes, Head of Marketing and Student Recruitment for Murdoch University Dubai. “We were shaken by the earthquake but stirred to action”, added Chris Pilgrim, Senior Vice President of Global Institute Middle East, who was also on the team. Moved to action by what they had seen, the team planned a relief effort while on the flight back to Dubai. Immediately upon landing the plan was put into action.(contd.)

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How a team from Murdoch Dubai survived the devastating Nepal earthquake

May 4, 2015

Murdoch at Everest

A group of staff and students from Murdoch University Dubai have spoken about their miraculous escape from the recent deadly earthquake in Nepal.

The three undergraduate students, four staff and two executives from Murdoch’s academic infrastructure provider Global Institute Middle East (GIMEL) landed in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25, in advance of a 125km team building trek to Everest Base Camp.

Within 30 minutes of their arrival the first earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, struck destroying buildings before their eyes.

“The 7.8 quake lasted for almost a minute which is a very long time for an earthquake to last,” said Chris Pilgrim, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Special Projects for GIMEL, which sponsored the trek.

“The entire airport infrastructure shook violently and we could see smoke bellowing from everywhere as neighbouring buildings, historical monuments and temples collapsed.”

The team immediately headed to their hotel in two cars but became separated when one of the drivers was told that his family was in danger.(contd)

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Trekkers from Dubai narrate lessons learnt from the earthquake

May 2, 2015

Murdoch at Everest

Dubai — Landing at Nepal’s International Airport was the first stop for a group of trekkers from Dubai who were planning to ascend the Everest base camp. But the 7.8 magnitude earthquake jolted the group within half an hour of their landing in Nepal.

A team of students and academics from Dubai’s Murdoch University and Global Institute Middle East (GIMEL) recollected the horror of finding their way back to Dubai after being stuck in Nepal for two days.

Rakesh Wahi, Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of GIMEL and Chris Pilgrim, Senior Vice-President, Business Development and Special Projects, GIMEL, led the team. The Everest Base Camp Trek crew consisted of four staff and three students — Hu Xiao, a Chinese student who studies Finance and Marketing; Maria D’Costa, an Indian student doing IT; and Ahmed Al Saidy, an Egyptian student doing Journalism at Murdoch University Dubai.

The first earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit within 30 minutes of the team’s landing in Kathmandu Airport on Saturday, April 25.(Cont)

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Murdoch Dubai staff and students to attempt Everest trek

April 16, 2015

A group of staff and students from Murdoch University Dubai will be embarking on a grueling 125km trek to Mount Everest Base Camp later this month.

The three undergraduate students, four staff and two executives from Murdoch’s academic infrastructure provider Global Institute Middle East (GIMEL), which is sponsoring the trip, will also be trekking to the summit of Kala Patthar, which will provide them with some of the best views of Himalayan peaks in the Nepalese region.

They have been training hard for the 11 day trek, covering many of the United Arab Emirates’ highest peaks to get them used to the rough terrain and extreme temperatures of -15 degrees Celcius.

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Next generation of digital marketing examined at Murdoch Open Night

March 28, 2015

Open Night

According to a study by PWC, internet advertising is closing in on TV advertising to become the largest entertainment and media advertising segment. The Middle East alone attributes to 8-10% of the global expenditure on digital advertising, with the UAE at the forefront and Saudi Arabia not far behind.

With over 135 million internet users in the Arab world, 71 million of which are active participants in the social sphere, the rapid proliferation of captive media and mobile screens have become a point of growing interest and investment in the region’s marketing arena.(contd.)

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Embracing Change in Education with Teachers of the 21st Century

March 4, 2015

MEd Workshop

John Dewey, a renowned philosopher and education reformist once said, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday; we rob our children of tomorrow”. His statement stands true, especially in the 21st century where education is undergoing reformation and progression. With the internet playing an integral role in the lives of students, teaching today is all about fewer textbooks and more technology.

Recognising this shift in education, Murdoch University Dubai organised its annual Master of Education Workshop on ‘Learning and Leading: The Role of Teachers in 21st Century Education.’ Held on February 23, 2015 at the Gloria Hotel, the workshop showcased the research and projects of some of the M.Ed students to give educators ideas and inspiration for their own practice, and also to encourage them to think about taking their education journey to the next level. (contd.)

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Top Business Plans Recognised at Murdoch University Dubai

March 1, 2015

Entertainer Award Ceremony

Innovation in teaching and learning is one of the key drivers of academic excellence at Murdoch University Dubai. Events like the Murdoch Strategic Marketing Plan Challenge are part of the university’s ongoing efforts to provide students with exposure to real -world business situations. At this year’s Challenge, graduate students at Murdoch Dubai submitted business plans for The Entertainer’s ambitious new project launch in Qatar.

The Murdoch Strategic Marketing Plan Challenge was directed by Ms Zana Azeredo, senior lecturer in Strategic Marketing and Effective Leadership at Murdoch University Dubai. This year’s challenge was conducted in collaboration with The Entertainer, a Dubai based International brand that provides offers for the best restaurants, activities, attractions, spas and hotels across 40 destinations throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. (contd.)

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Murdoch named in top 100 international universities

February 12, 2015

Murdoch University has been announced as one of the top 100 international universities according to the latest rankings from Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart, said this ranking was a welcome endorsement of the University’s vision of being a globally-connected, research-led institution.

“Murdoch will continue to strive to reach our goal of being a research-intensive university and a place of excellence that offers an outstanding learning and teaching experience for all students.

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Murdoch University Dubai invites Head of Research & Insights at MBC Group for Guest Lecture

January 29, 2015

Media Guest Lecture

The School of Media, Communication and Culture has invited Head of Research & Insights at MBC Group, to give a guest lecture on audience research in the Middle East followed by a Q&A discussion with students.

The Middle East Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is a leading free-to-air, pan-Arab network of news and entertainment channels with a long-standing history in the region for its quality programming. Drawing from the network’s success stories and the speaker’s experiences, the session will explore how audience measurement and television programming is affected by differing cultures, values and the rise of digital media. (contd.)

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Preparing them for the corporate world

November 29, 2014

Murdoch Business Cup Challenge

Fifty-four teams from 33 schools will participate in the Business Cup Challenge at Murdoch University Dubai. The grand finale of the creativity show will be held today. With five teams coming from Bahrain, Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh and Jordan, it is evident how the competition has grown over the years and attracted students from a wider region.

Dan Adkins, Academic Director at Murdoch University, Dubai, explained the progress of MBCC. “We have been impressed by the effort put in by the team. The creativity shown and the great level of research has been a testament to the great teaching at each of their schools.” The Murdoch Business Cup Challenge has seen a good mix. While some schools are repeating their participation, others are trying their hand for the first time. The common thread is their desire to bring home the trophy and make their school proud.(contd.)

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Submissions pour in for Business Cup Challenge

November 18, 2014

Murdoch Business Cup Challenge

Running for the third time, the competition is open to all secondary school students in their last two years of learning. Murdoch University Dubai is receiving entries for their popular Business Cup Challenge. Running for the third time, the competition is open to all secondary school students in their last two years of learning. With an increased level of interest, the event has grown beyond the UAE and submissions are pouring in from across the GCC; the Business Cup Challenge 2014 will witness over 50 teams this year battling in an intense competition.

Chris Smyth, Academic Dean at Murdoch University Dubai said: "We want young people to think broadly and challenge their thinking and that of everybody else. We want to foster the idea of young minds at work and raise the level of awareness. Furthermore, this is an area that Murdoch is rather strong in with many authoritative degrees in business studies so we would like to reach out to a wider student community and engage closely with them. An intellectual sport event of this kind allows a fuller growth and the interaction between schools and within schools making it an absolutely rewarding experience in any case." The Business Cup Challenge is aligned with Murdoch University, Dubai's, learning ethos and culture of encouraging free-thinking, creativity, innovation and Australian academic excellence.(contd.)

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Murdoch Dubai’s Class of 2014 join growing alumni community of over 65,000

November 1, 2014

Murdoch University Dubai, Graduation Ceremony

Murdoch University Dubai hosted its graduation celebration for the Class of 2014 on October 31, 2014 at the Zayed University Convention Centre. His Excellency Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the U.A.E and Qatar was the Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker. The celebration was also attended by other dignitaries including; Mr Pankaj Savara, the Commissioner for the Western Australian Trade Office; Ms Barbara Hayword, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Government of Dubai; Mr Michael Trivett, Director of Partner Relations at for the Education Cluster at TECOM Investments; and Mr Brendan Vyner Brand Manager for the Education Cluster at TECOM Investments.

Professor Peter McKiernan, Dean of Management and Governance at Murdoch University, Perth in his welcome address spoke about Murdoch University’s notable achievements since its inception in 1975. The success of the University, in his words, is a “testament to Murdoch’s commitment to research and teaching and our strong international standards. Recently, Times Higher Education ranked Murdoch as 26th in the whole world for internationalization. That’s just one place behind Cambridge University in England and this reflects our remarkable engagement in teaching and research.”(contd.)

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The Entertainer brings real business challenges to the Murdoch Dubai classroom

October 28, 2014

Murdoch Guest Lecture

Business students at Murdoch University Dubai have been asked to create marketing plans to the Entertainer from which the international brand will choose the best for its 2015 product launch in Qatar. Early this month, the Entertainer’s Marketing Director Ms Liz Riemersma briefed the MBA and Marketing students at a lecture held at Murdoch University campus at Dubai International Academic City. Ms Riemersma’s workshop focused on structuring a strategic marketing plan; requiring Murdoch Dubai’s postgraduate students to be consultants in a real case situation.

The Entertainer is a Dubai based International brand that provides buy one get one free offers for the best restaurants, activities, attractions, spas and hotels across 40 destinations throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Ms Riemersma heads up the brand’s marketing and communications across all 40 destinations in 15 countries. During the interactive session, she shared her expertise on the latest trends in consumer behaviour, strategic marketing and online channel integration.(contd.)

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Australian Ambassador Pablo Kang to address Murdoch Dubai’s graduating class

October 30, 2014

Murdoch University Dubai Graduation

Murdoch University Dubai is set to celebrate the accomplishments of its graduating batch of 2014. The fifth graduation celebration will be held at Zayed University Convention Centre on October 31, 2014 and will be attended by the keynote speaker Mr Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to UAE.

Murdoch University Dubai for the third time will be conferring the annual Col. S.P. Wahi Leadership Award to the student who has displayed commendable leadership qualities, in honour of the former Chairman of ONGC – India’s largest Oil and Natural Gas Company, and retired Colonel of the Indian Army Colonel S.P. Wahi. Dubai International Academic City will also be recognising the efforts of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate valedictorians with the DIAC Excellence Awards.(contd.)

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Murdoch University Dubai sees record enrolment increase

October 9, 2014

Murdoch University Dubai

Murdoch University Dubai, a core campus of one of Western Australia's leading research, learning and teaching universities announced a record increase of 59 % in enrolments this September. The university will be teaching its largest freshman class ever with more than 230 international and domestic students enrolled. According to reports, total enrolments are projected to surpass 800 students by the end of December 2014.

Daniel Adkins, the Academic Director for Murdoch University Dubai at Dubai International Academic City, has said, “The growth is largely attributed to increased interest in the University’s Media, Information Technology and Education programs and a rise in demand for associated careers in many sectors of U.A.E’s economy”. Mr Adkins also said that more staff and faculty have been hired to meet this growing enrolment. The university has also initiated its plans for expansion.(contd.)

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Importance of International Education to be featured at Murdoch Open Night

August 22, 2014

Murdoch Dubai Open Night, Murdoch University Dubai

Murdoch University Dubai, a core campus of one of Western Australia's leading research, learning and teaching universities, is hosting a career focused Open Night this Friday, August 22 from 4pm to 8pm at Pullman Hotel Dubai, Deira City Centre. The Open Night will feature a lecture on 'Why International Education Matters' delivered by leading academics Dr Max Sully, Dean and Academic President for Murdoch University Dubai and Mrs Rema Menon, Founder of Counselling Point.

Dr Max Sully has been with Murdoch University since 1999 and has held a variety of academic and leadership appointments, including; Dean of the School of Psychology, Dean of the School of Health Professions and Pro-Vice Chancellor Health Sciences. Mrs Rema Menon has over two decades of experience and expertise in education, career counselling, admission guidance and child welfare. Her popular handbook titled 'Head Start for Higher Studies' is in its third edition now.(contd.)

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Murdoch Dubai’s Open Night educates aspiring entrepreneurs

August 8, 2014

Murdoch University Open Night, Murdoch University Dubai

Murdoch University Dubai held its sixth Open Night at Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates on August 8, 2014 which witnessed an overwhelming response from high school students, parents, teachers and working professionals from various industries. The Murdoch faculty, alumni and staff were all engaged in counselling students while preparing them to focus on challenges of meeting educational and career demands in a competitive environment.

A recent survey conducted by Bayt.com revealed that a majority of 73 per cent fresh UAE graduates are considering entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Focussing on this trend, a lecture on ‘How Entrepreneurs benefit from a University Education’ was presented by Mr. Daniel Adkins, Academic Director of Murdoch University Dubai and Dr. Manoaj Khandarri, Management Consultant and lecturer at the University. (contd.)

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Murdoch Dubai students ‘Made a Difference’ during Ramadan

July 29, 2014

Murdoch University Student Life

Students of Murdoch University Dubai brought smiles to the needy during the holy month of Ramadan. The season was welcomed in its spirit by practicing the act of Zakāt, one of the pillars of Islam which preaches charity to help out those in need.

The students volunteered for the ‘Make a Difference Campaign’ organized by Majid Al Futtaim Properties at all major malls in Dubai. The week long campaign at Murdoch Dubai encouraged students to donate everyday essentials such as clothing, accessories, food, toys and books. These generous donations were handed to the Red Crescent UAE to support various humanitarian causes in local and underprivileged communities around the world. (contd.)

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Sanjeev Gupta speaks on Cultural Intelligence at Murdoch Executive Series

July 6, 2014

Murdoch Ececutive Series, Murdoch University Dubai

Cultural Intelligence (CI) - a relatively new concept introduced only in the past decade is today regarded as one of the most important leadership skills. The concept has grabbed the attention of many scholars who have conducted in-depth research and produced papers on the definition of CI, how it can be honed as a skill and ways to measure its effectiveness.

Executive speaker, Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, discussed 'Cultural Intelligence and its Role for Future Leaders' with a rather pragmatic approach at the fourth edition of the Murdoch Executive Series, held on June 24, 2014 at Towers Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road. According to him, "Cultural Intelligence is hardly a new concept and is something that is best understood practically."

Sanjeev Gupta, the Managing Partner for Emerging Markets M&A at Ernst Young, has more than two decades of work experience in evolving, multi-cultural markets with CI playing a key role in his portfolio. He believes that it is the pace of change that is driving people to transform paradigms and explore Cultural Intelligence - a process which is intuitively logical rather than something that is learned or acquired. It involves getting rid of pre-conditioned notions and questioning concepts that surround us in the face of change. (contd.)

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Murdoch University Dubai’s Academic Director inspires budding leaders

July 1, 2014

Dan Adkins, Murdoch University Dubai

Mr. Daniel Adkins, Academic Director for Murdoch University Dubai delivered an intensive workshop on Leadership Skills for middle school students of The Westminster School on June 17, 2014. The goal of the workshop was to familiarize students with leadership concepts, time management as well as organizational skills.

Mr. Adkins began his career working in information technology and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies including; IBM, Dell, Clorox, Philips, Hershey’s, Coca-Cola, Merck, and VISA. Over the course of 20 years, Dan held numerous senior leadership positions, including CIO and CEO. He worked extensively in the United States, India, Vietnam, the UK, and the Philippines and has taught IT professionals in various disciplines including project management, quality management, and leadership. Mr. Adkins also teaches effective leadership to Murdoch MBA students.

During the workshop, students were taught the fundamentals of delegation, double loop learning, effective brainstorming as well as mind mapping which assist in effective leadership. Mr. Adkins discussed the counter productivity of multi-tasking and instead suggested on proactive planning to ensure that goals are met effectively. He also shared best practices of leaders in time management and goal setting. (contd.)

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Top careers revealed at Murdoch University Dubai’s Open Night

June 13, 2014

Murdoch University Open Night, Murdoch University Dubai, Universties in Dubai

Friday the 13th of June could not have been more promising for Murdoch University Dubai as it witnessed a successful turnout of high school graduates, parents, teachers and working professionals from diverse industry sectors at its recent Open Night held at the BurJuman Arjaan Rotana.

Mr. Daniel Adkins, Academic Director of Murdoch University Dubai, delivered a key note lecture on ‘The Hottest Jobs for the Next 20 Years’ and explained how professions have evolved with the advent of the internet. In his words, “The times have changed and so have the jobs. Getting an education is not an option for most jobs today, it is a requirement.

With this inflation in education, it is imperative for students to choose the right careers. According to a survey conducted by the US National Security Agency, technology plays a key role in defining some of these professions. Jobs in the field of Data Mining, Cyber Security, Robotics and Infographics are listed as some of the most valued professions. (contd.)

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Murdoch Students gear up to participate in UAE’s Drones for Good Award

June 6, 2014

Murdoch University Dubai, Guest Lectures

Murdoch University Dubai’s IT enthusiasts are all set for a new challenge as they prepare to participate in the Drones for Good Award. A unique and an inspiring initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the competition aims to engage the world in progress and enhancement of the global community by developing drones that improves people’s lives.

UAE residents of all ages can participate in the competition by submitting their innovative ideas on how drones can help the UAE government or citizens’ needs in sectors such as education, tourism, civil defence and infrastructure to name a few. This competition is open to all international participants as well where contestants will get the opportunity to develop a drone that provides solutions to improve people’s lives globally.

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Faisal Hashmi has cold feet for latest horror film

May 13, 2014

Murdoch University Dubai

The local filmmaker Faisal Hashmi has just released his latest short film Cold Feet on YouTube. Depicting the creepy events of a strange night after classes in Dubai’s Murdoch University, it is his second horror drama in a row, following last year’s Scrambled.

Hashmi isn’t looking to be the next Wes Craven or Clive Barker and carve out a career exclusively in the horror genre, though. “I want to work in as many genres as possible. It was just coincidence that I ended up making two horrors in a row,” he says. “Cold Feet was actually made as my entry to a film festival last year and that just happened to be the genre I was given. Horror is a good genre to work in. There’s a loyal audience and although as a genre you don’t get too much horror at the big international festivals, there are a lot of smaller, specialist festivals you can enter.

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Dubai-based Entrepreneur, Albert Dias of Musfair.com speaks at Murdoch Executive Series

March 30, 2014Murdoch Executive Series, Murdoch University Dubai

Murdoch University Dubai organized its third successful Murdoch Executive Series with Albert Dias, Co-Founder of Musafir.Com, the UAE’s first premium experience travel website, on Sunday, 30th March, 2014. Mr. Dias delivered a lecture on Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce and how Musafir.com has been leading the way in a hyper-competitive and lucrative industry.

Albert Dias has been involved in the Middle East’s internet advertising industry since 2003 and specializes in travel e-commerce. He began his career as a strategist at Wunderman MENA in 2003 and quickly moved up to the position of Executive Producer at Proximity Dubai in 2004. Prior to venturing into travel in 2008, Mr. Dias had helped deliver award-winning online user experiences for leading brands such as Adidas, Emirates, HP and Mercedes-Benz.

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MPAC Athletes get recognised by Murdoch University Dubai for Sports Excellence

April 5, 2014

High octane energy, reverberating chants and the deafening roar of victory – the finale of the MPAC Youth Basketball League, held at the Dubai International Academy on 5th April 2014, was nothing short of a spectacular game. Sponsored by Murdoch University Dubai, the Murdoch Sharks qualified for the finale against the opposing team and two players - Cedric Macleou and Lawrence Lopez displayed their best skills as they battled for the Murdoch Spirit Scholarship.

Shortlisted from amongst the rest of the ‘Senior Slammers’, Cedric and Lawrence surpassed the rest of the league that consisted of 15 to 17 years old players, in order to compete for the coveted Spirit Scholarship. The scholarship, which allows for a 50 percent tuition grant for any Undergraduate course at Murdoch University Dubai, was provided in support of the university’s vision of encouraging talent and providing students with the opportunity to achieve Australian academic excellence in Dubai.

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Gearing up for Dubai Expo 2020: Education, ICT and the Job Market

March 17, 2014

Murdoch University, Dubai is all set to host its Annual School Counsellors’ Workshop on March 29, 2014 at the Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. This year’s topic – ‘Expo 2020: Education, ICT and the Job Market’ focuses on Dubai’s big win for the World Expo 2020 and how it will re-shape the education market and future employment trends in the UAE.

Keynote speakers, Phil Redhead, Senior Advisor for Digital Learning at GEMS Education and Dan Adkins, Academic Director at Murdoch University Dubai will highlight opportunities and developments that the education sector will experience. With its theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will ensure that innovation will be the future foundation of education. In these crucial times, it is essential for academics to understand the need for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to effectively converge with the teaching methods.

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Murdoch instructor Patrick Fronda bags 5 awards at Filmapalooza 2014

March 3, 2014

For three years, the 32-year-old Patrick Fronda had toyed with the idea of joining the 48 Hour Film Project. But it was only last year that the Filipino multimedia engineer and Murdoch University Dubai instructor found time to participate in the annual event staged in different cities around the world..Murdoch University Dubai, Murdoch Flims

The goal, according to Fronda, was simply to have the opportunity to compete with some of the country’s aspiring filmmakers. His expectations were so low that he showed up on the day of the awards in casual clothes.

By the end of the evening, Fronda’s seven-minute film, Pump It, had won five awards: Best Use of Character, Best Writing, Best Directing, Audience Award and Best Film. By topping the Best Film category, Pump It clinched the honour to represent the UAE in Filmapalooza 2014, which takes place from Thursday to Monday in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Emerson Speakers initiate the premier Murdoch Executive Series for 2014

Feb 23, 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Murdoch University, Dubai launched the first lecture of the 2014 Murdoch Executive Series on 23rd February. This lecture was conducted by Mr. Simon Heath, Sales Director for Emerson MEA and Murdoch Alumnus Faisal Fazal Ahmed, Business Development Manager for Emerson MEA.Murdoch Master Class

Simon Heath delivered valuable insights on Effective Leadership Skills to a class full of students and industry professionals. “Becoming an effective leader is not a one-time thing. It takes time to learn and practice leadership skills until they become a part of you”, said Simon Heath. “An effective leader needs to be optimistic, confident, decisive and a good communicator. The simple reality is that a leader has to make tough and sometimes unpopular decisions”, added Mr. Heath.

Simon quoted Sir Richard Branson as one of his biggest inspiration, “you shouldn’t blindly accept a leader’s advice. You’ve got to question leaders on occasion.”

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Article by Murdoch Lecturer Munawwar Ahmed on Dubai:2020

Feb 10, 2014

On November 27, 2013, history books were rewritten when a small fishing and trading village of the 18th century won the rights to host the prestigious Expo 2020. Although a first for the Middle East, Dubai is no stranger to engineering feats and marvels that have evolved the city’s landscape into the metropolitan skyline it is today.Expo2020.jpg

In just a little over 40 years, UAE’s GDP has radically jumped by nearly 231 times since the union was created in 1971 making the country the second largest Arab economy after Saudi Arabia.

Many cities within the UAE, however, have also sought to make a name for themselves on the regional and global stage as well.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, plays host to the world’s largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park, and houses the sustainable eco-friendly city, Masdar. Synchronous with the cultural renaissance, prestigious names such as the Louvre, by architect Jean Nouvel, is due for completion in the capital soon.

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Judith Fox enlightens Murdoch University Dubai about The Terry Fox Foundation

Feb 6, 2014

Judith Fox, sister of the legendary Terry Fox, visited Murdoch University Dubai on February 6, 2014. The purpose of her visit was a simple yet noble one – to spread awareness about her brother and his efforts to help the world in the battle against cancer. Judith Fox.jpg

Judith’s narration of Terry Fox’s life and his brave initiatives not only touched the hearts of all students and faculty members but also inspired them to continue the fight against the fatal disease. Terry, at the young age of 19, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of cancer that caused him to have his right leg amputated. Not one to accept defeat easily, he set his sights on running across Canada in 1980 to raise millions for cancer research. Running close to a marathon per day, he covered an incredible 5,373 kilometres before unfortunately succumbing to his illness.

The Marathon of Hope, a noble cause that Terry began however continues till today. People from all over the world participate in Terry Fox runs to help keep his dream alive. The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous regions across the globe in commemoration of cancer activist Terry Fox, and his Marathon of Hope, and to raise money for cancer research. Over 600 million dollars have been raised worldwide for cancer research by the Terry Fox Foundation.

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Congratulations to GEMS Our Own Indian School’s graduating class of 2014

Jan 30, 2014

Murdoch University Dubai was proud to be a part of GEMS Our Own Indian School’s graduation ceremony held on January 30 for the Al Quoz branch. The ceremony was a momentous occasion for the school and its students of Grade 12.Murdoch University Dubai

Daniel Adkins, Academic Director at Murdoch University Dubai and Xolile White, Factory Manager at Nestle Dubai Manufacturing were the Chief Guests and congratulated the graduates as they conferred their high school diplomas. The university’s presence at the ceremony reflects its firm belief of participating in the achievements of the student community.

Last month, Shahra Ali, a housemaid’s daughter, received an unexpected 100 per cent scholarship from Murdoch University Dubai for her Computer Science under-graduate studies. Her family, who could not afford her fees, was pleasantly surprised when Murdoch offered Shahra a complete tuition fee waiver under special circumstances.

Dan Adkins was invited on stage to present the diplomas to all graduates. Murdoch University Dubai will continue to extend its support and wishes the graduates the best in all their future endeavours.

Scholarship boom in UAE Universities

Jan 15, 2014

Dubai: It would be a gross understatement to say higher education in the UAE is an expensive affair. But as an XPRESS survey of five universities reveals, that’s just one side of the story.Murdoch University Dubai

Another university offering 100 per cent scholarship is Murdoch University. Established in 2008, it has so far given full scholarships to six students.

Last month, Shahra Ali, a housemaid’s daughter, received an unexpected 100 per cent scholarship from Murdoch University Dubai for her Computer Science under-graduate studies. Her family, who could not afford her fees, was pleasantly surprised when Murdoch offered Shahra a complete tuition fee waiver under special circumstances.

“Our scholarships generally vary from 10 to 25 per cent of the total tuition fee which amounts to Dh15,000 to Dh45,000 depending upon the degree being pursued. In exceptional circumstances of full tuition scholarships, the total scholarship amount can be as high as Dh180,000,” said Dan Adkins, the university’s Academic Director.

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UAE, Australia share firm friendship, Gillard says

Jan 16, 2014

Abu Dhabi: The UAE and Australia share a firm friendship that is expressed in a dynamic relationship, a commitment to trade and investment, an enthusiasm for strong people-to-people ties and shared strategic interests in the security, stability and development of the Gulf region, Australia’s former prime minister said on Wednesday.julia gillard.jpg

Julia Gillard, the country’s first woman prime minister, said the UAE hosts the Australian Defence Force Headquarters for the Middle East — “our base, which has been pivotal to our role in the war in Afghanistan, in aiding the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Aden and in strengthening maritime security in this region.”

“I acknowledge the courage and commitment your nation has also shown in the fight in Afghanistan. It is one practical expression of the friendship between our two countries,” Gillard told the audience at a lecture organised by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.

Gillard said the total joint trade now exceeds $5 billion (Dh18.3 billion) annually, citing two larger stories behind these numbers...

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Murdoch University Dubai hosts Emirates International School’s Leadership Development Day

January 5, 2014

Murdoch University Dubai recently hosted 35 teachers at a Leadership Development Day conducted by Emirates International School on 5th January 2014.Murdoch University Dubai This Leadership Development Day was organised for all the teachers at Emirates International School to enhance their skills in effective leadership. The prestigious Emirates International School was established in Dubai in 1991 by the Al Habtoor Group and was the first school in Dubai authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Speakers at the workshop included Ms. Mandy Butterworth, Dean of Students at Emirates International School and Mr. David Craig Evans, Deputy Principal at the Emirates International School. Mr Evans has also recently enrolled at Murdoch University Dubai to pursue his Masters in Education.

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Maid’s daughter gets college scholarship

December 18, 2013

Australian university in Dubai steps in to fund Shahra’s three-year undergraduate course

Dubai: The smiles are back on Shahra Jafar Ali’s face. Until last week the Sri Lankan housemaid’s daughter was staring at an uncertain future as lack of funds had put her dream to study further in doubt. But an XPRESS report highlighting her plight has changed her life. Murdoch University Dubai Ever since the December 12 report, Shahra, 17, has been contacted by hundreds of people offering financial assistance.Not just that, Australia’s Murdoch University Dubai has given her a free seat in a three-year graduation course in Computer Science.

“Having read Shahra’s plight in XPRESS, we at Murdoch University Dubai felt compelled to take action to help this promising student. Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia was founded with the belief that everyone should have access to higher education.

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Murdoch University Dubai welcomes 142 individuals to the fellowship of educated men and women

November 10, 2013

Murdoch University, one of Australia’s most respected andresearch intensive universities,celebrated the graduationMurdoch University Dubai of 142 undergraduate and postgraduate students at its fourth annual graduation celebration yesterday at the Zayed University Convention Centre, Dubai International Academic City. It was followed by a grand reception and dinner for the alumni and their families hosted by the Murdoch University Alumni Association.

Australian Consul-General in Dubai, Mr Gerard Seeber,; Dr. Ibrahim Moosa Jamel, Director of Dubai Knowledge Village; Ms. Wessen Rawazik, Director of Higher Education of Regulations and Compliance Commission (RCC) at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Government of Dubai and Mr. Pankaj Savara, Regional Director of Western Australia Trade Office – Middle East, graced the celebration with their presence.

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Murdoch University Dubai to hold its 4th annual graduation celebration

November 7, 2013

Students are at the centre of everything we do at Murdoch University’s Dubai Campus, which is why the university will host a grand celebration for this year’s graduating class together with their families, classmates, alumni and corporate guests. The graduation celebration will take place on November 9th at the Zayed University Convention Centre in Dubai International Academic City.

Murdoch University, one of Australia’s most impressive universities focusing on academic excellence and research, will celebrate the graduation of 142 undergraduate and postgraduate students at its fourth annual graduation celebration. This year’s celebration promises to be exciting and memorable with Mr. Robert Hillier and Mr. Jeff Price as masters of ceremonies. They are both Murdoch faculty members and are U.A.E’s leading Radio and television personalities.

The senior leadership team from Murdoch University in Perth and Dubai attending the event include; Dr. Andrew Webster, Dean of Murdoch University Dubai; Dr. Max Sully, Academic Dean and Mr. Daniel Adkins, Academic Director.

Some of the many distinguished attendees on the guest list include; chief guest and keynote speaker Mr. Loay Ragheb, Head of Wealth Management and Group Benefits at National Bonds Corporation; His Excellency Gerard Seeber, Australian Consulate-General in Dubai; Dr. Ibrahim Moosa Jamel, Director of Dubai Knowledge Village; Ms. Wessen Rawazik, Director of Higher Education Regulations and Permits Commission for Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Government of Dubai and Mr. Pankaj Savara, Regional Director of Western Australia Trade Office - Middle East.

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Murdoch kick-starts it festival with two award winning directors

November 6, 2013

MY. Film Fest (Murdoch’s Youth Film Festival), organized by Murdoch University and MCC Media (Murdoch’s student-run media division), will be hosting an open discussion with award winning and academy nominated directors, Martin Mhando and Scandar Copti on the 6th of November at Grand Cineplex, Wafi.
This discussion is part of the festival’s initiative to encourage film discourse and push towards more film content by young talent. It will also be an avenue for students and young filmmakers to meet and collaborate on future film projects.
The main highlight of the event is the screenings of the shortlisted participants in the MY.Film Fest short film competition, which saw entries from the high school, university and open category.
The winners of these categories will be announced by the judging panel based on criteria such as cinematography, script and the overall narrative of the film.
Prizes for the competition have been sponsored by Advance Media, SanDisk and BHM Store.
Debuting as Murdoch’s first festival and riding on the great initiatives of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s international film festivals; this event hopes to be an incentive for its young participants to continuously contribute towards building a UAE-based film industry.

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Nick Leeson to speak at Murdoch University Dubai’s debut executive event

September 19, 2013

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Murdoch University, Dubai launches the Murdoch Executive Series this September with its debut lecture conducted by the original ‘Rogue Trader’ and one of the world’s most sought-after speakers within the financial sector, Nick Leeson.

Famous for his unchecked risk appetite which resulted in the collapse of 223 year old Barings Bank in 1995; Nick Leeson explores his journey and then reformation in a self-reflexive study towards effective corporate responsibility, compliance and risk management.

Date : 30 September 2013
Time : 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue : Zayed University Auditorium, Dubai International Academic City
Entry : Open to all

CLICK HERE to RSVP or contact Amor Roska on +971 4 4355 700 or amor.roska@murdochdubai.ac.ae

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Murdoch University Dean Dr Andrew Webster: Quality is everything

August 28, 2013

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Murdoch University International Study Center Dubai new Dean Dr Andrew Webster

He has been with the Murdoch name for seven years and these, says Dr Andrew Webster, have been the most memorable and enriching years in all. His recent appointment as Dean of Murdoch University International Study Centre Dubai is a reiteration of the university’s commitment to maintaining its high academic standards in the management and delivery of its academic programs in Dubai. Looking back at the seven years he has been attached with Murdoch, Dr Webster says, “I have witnessed growth not just at the university but also in self. The university has developed astonishingly. There have been enormous expansion in the transnational area of our academic operations during this time. We grew greatly in Singapore, we opened this campus in Dubai. Plus, we have the Open Universities Australia which is an open access education initiative across Australia and Australian universities. The creation of a new graduate school last year – all reflects of a time where we have tried to grow along with Western Australia and the region.”

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Acclaimed film director Nawaf Al Janahi to conduct short film workshop at Murdoch Dubai

August 28, 2013

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Murdoch University Dubai is hosting a short-film workshop in September in collaboration with acclaimed Emirati film Director, Nawaf Al Janahi.

Nawaf Al-Janahi directed Sea Shadow (2011), an Emirati film written by Mohammed Hassan Ahmed. The film premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in October 2011 and was released in theaters across the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain in November 2011. The movie also premiered in the United States at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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Murdoch University, Dubai hosted its inaugural Alumni Iftar Event on Friday,

August 2013

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Set in an arabesque theme, the event was held at the Crowne Plaza Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, highlighting alumni achievements with a very special Iftar celebration. It was an opportunity for Murdoch alumni to share their experiences and reconnect with old friends and faculty

Daniel Adkins, Academic Director and MC for the evening, introduced Hasan Murad, President of the Murdoch Alumni Association who addressed the alumni body with a heartfelt welcome. This was followed by Dr Grainger who headlined the evening with a brief history of Murdoch University, Dubai, and faculty members and Murdoch Alumni, Carol Pinto and Munnawar Ahmed, who shared highlights from their charitable campaign for labourers in the UAE, Mission Sonapur.

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New Chancellor for Murdoch University

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July 9, 2013

Murdoch University’s Senate is pleased to announce the appointment of Non Executive Chairman Atlas Iron, David Flanagan as the new Chancellor of the University..

Mr Flanagan will take the reins from Mr Terry Budge, who is retiring from the role after nearly seven years.

A geologist by trade, Mr Flanagan has more than 20 years experience in mining and mineral exploration in Australia, Indonesia and West Africa.

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Murdoch’s Youth Film Festival my. film fest

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Murdoch University, Dubai is hosting its first film festival - my film fest (Murdoch's Youth Film Festival) aimed at showcasing the budding talents of its aspiring young filmmakers, but also setting the stage for amateur filmmakers in the UAE

The festival main's attraction is the short film competition, which will be judged by a panel of industry representatives and reputed filmmakers to select a winner from the following categories:

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Murdoch debuts at 57 in top 100 universities under 50


June 20, 2013

Submitting data for the first time, Murdoch University has debuted in the second annual Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50rankings, with a ranking of 57.

The rankings are a global list of universities under the age of 50 and were formally launched at theFestival of Education at Wellington College in the UK.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott said the result was a testament to the extraordinary work the University was undertaking to Top Ranked Universityrevitalise its research and teaching.

“Being ranked 57 in the THE 100 Under 50 rankings confirms Murdoch’s international standing” he said.

“Today’s announcement, together with our listing in the Top 400 of the Times Higher Education’s overall World University Rankings in 2012, confirms that the dramatic reforms in the University over the last 2 years are paying dividends.

“The world of higher education is truly global and we need to evolve to meet this new reality. We are committed to enhancing the international reputation of the University through both quality teaching and research excellence, and this ranking is proof that we are well on our way to achieving this.

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Murdoch University Dubai’s MEd Masterclass: 21st Century Learning in a Multicultural Classroom


May 21, 2013

Murdoch University, Dubai brought together some of the most prominent schools across the UAE last night at their exclusive Master of Education Master Class. In a bid to promote the benefits of a Masters level qualification in Education, the University drew on the support of Program Coordinator of the Master of Education Program at Murdoch, Claire Macrae, and the founders of IngeniousEd, Francesca McGeary and Alison Schofield.

The event saw over 70 teachers from as far as Abu Dhabi and Al Ain join the interactive sessions on 21st Century Learning in a multicultural classroom. As the evening unfolded, the revelations of technology as a learning tool became very clear. Claire Macrae's address on the topic of From Textbooks to Tablets talked the audience through the effective and smart use of technology in the classroom as opposed to following out-dated teaching methods.

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The Annual Counselors Workshop 2013

March, 2013


In a bid to overcome the challenges faced by school counselors in the UAE, Murdoch University, Dubai hosted its Annual Counselors Workshop with a focus on how higher education institutions can enhance the roles of counselors.

The Workshop is hosted by Murdoch each year to encourage discussion around the education system. Interestingly, research shows a perception that counselors are still not doing enough to help students prepare for life after leaving the education system. This issue is commonly faced by higher education institutions when students are not equipped with the soft skills that are required to manage the workload at University. As a result, higher education institutions are forced to spend more time on critical thinking workshops.


Murdoch Women's Lunchbox 2013: Looking Beyond the Glass Ceiling

February 20, 2013

Leading women in business gathered today at the second annual ‘Women’s Lunchbox’ event, hosted by MurdochLUNCHBOX-Logo.jpg

University in Dubai, to debate whether a ‘glass ceiling’ really exists or if there has been a tangible shift in attitude towards women in the workplace.

The Women’s Lunchbox 2013 took place at Madinat Jumeirah and played host to a panel of five industry specialists and an audience of 200 women from a cross section of industries. The event has become Murdoch University’s signature event to highlight the scope of its research and student led initiatives. 

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Beyond Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Murdoch University shows the way at the Women’s Lunchbox 2013

February 5, 2013

Following the success of Murdoch University, Dubai’s debut Lunchbox event in February 2012, the Australian University is back this year with the topic of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”. The Women’s Lunchbox became Murdoch’s signature event highlighting the scope of its research and student led initiatives.
Murdoch University, Dubai has launched this year’s Lunchbox, in association with Khaleej Times, with long term sponsorship partners: Aldo, Emirates NBD and Dubai Business Women’s Council. The event has also been supported by Dubai International Academic City, Arabian Business and DLA Piper.

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Murdoch IT Student receives full Australian Scholarship

January 8, 2013


Murdoch University, Dubai will be bidding farewell to IT student Vladyslav Kalinin as he embarks on his post graduate at Murdoch University, Perth. Vlad has been awarded a full Scholarship to enable him to pursue his Honours Degree based on his success last year, with the potential to continue onto a PhD. Vlad became Murdoch Dubai’s first IT student to receive the Vice Chancellors Commendation for Academic Excellence. His scholarship has come by way of his exceptional achievement and is definitely the icing on the cake.

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Cambridge International School on route to a hat trick at the Murdoch Business Cup Challenge 2012

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December 6, 2013

The Marketing Marauders from The Cambridge International School, Dubai was all smiles on Tuesday night after their incredible win for the second time at the finale of the Murdoch Business Cup Challenge 2012. Cambridge International School were also the winners of the first Business Cup Challenge last year when Murdoch University, Dubai launched the event. Team members, Humna Shaikh, Jovan VelroyFernandes, Samar Bawaney, Arhan Anand and Aaster Sen impressed the judges with their exceptional presentation skills and a host of innovative ideas for a new product launch for Facebook with a realistic pricing model. The final prize included AED 5000 in National Bonds courtesy of National Bonds, AED 500 Aldo Vouchers and AED 1000 Call it Spring Vouchers courtesy of the Apparel Group and a live interview on Josh 97.8 courtesy of Josh 97.8. Prizes were awarded to the proud team by Murdoch University, Dubai co-founder, Mr Rakesh Wahi and the Commissioner for the Middle East and Africa for the Western Australia Trade Office, Mr Pankaj Sawara. The team were also presented with tablet Computers by Murdoch University, Dubai.

Hosted at Dubai Community Arts and Theatre Centre, (DUCTAC), the Murdoch Business School high school event celebrated its second Business Cup Challenge with a total of 60 participating schools from across the GCC. Teams were presented with 4 case studies to discuss and present over a four week period, the final one was presented by the ten top teams at the Finale. This year’s second prize went to The Business Angels from The Deira International School who were also chosen as The Judge’s Choice to compete in the final top ten. 3rd prize was awarded to Business Buffs from the Delhi Private School.

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Murdoch University, Dubai at TEDx

November 6, 2012

Murdoch University, Dubai’s Academic Coordinator of Murdoch Business School, Mr Dan Adkins and Foundation Program Lecturer, Carol Pinto, will be participating in a TEDx event hosted by Winchester School, Dubai, this November. Murdoch University, Dubai is a proud sponsor of TEDx and work closely with Winchester School on numerous education forums.

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Graduation and beyond

November 6, 2012


Murdoch University, Dubai hosted its second graduation celebration, in a rather unique style, at the Zayed University Auditorium on Saturday 3 November. The celebration was attended by His Excellency, Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar. In his opening speech, Pablo highlighted the importance of “following your passion and embracing opportunities”. He shared his journey with the graduating class of 2012 and encouraged them to become leaders of their own journeys.

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Education beyond tradition

October 31, 2012

Who said education was only limited to Professors and teachers delivering lectures within the confines of an academic institution?

Murdoch University, Dubai’s very own Vice President- HR and Administration, Dr Mays Al Saffar, is set to educate the world at the Global Benefits Conference 2012 in Miami later this month. She will be delivering a session speech on the current employee benefits trends in the Middle East and GCC region. In addition, attendees will gain insight on emerging trends and how benefit plans are addressing evolving out-of-country treatment alternatives as well as the needs of employers and employees.

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GCC High Schools compete for Murdoch’s Business Cup

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Murdoch University, Dubai announced the opening of the Business Cup Challenge 2012 with a total of 40 teams from high schools from across the GCC competing in this year’s competition. The Business Cup Challenge is a Murdoch Business School initiative designed to encourage young school leavers to engage in real life business case studies and make intelligent business decisions. In partnership with National Bonds, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) and Josh 97.8, the Challenge is anticipated to play host to over 250 guests at the Finale.

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The 4th Murdoch University, Dubai Khaleej Times Debate

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Murdoch lecturers battle it out against Murdoch’s Master of Education Students. This year the topic was:

Youngsters’ addiction to social media is distracting them from time spent on their studies and preventing them from reaching their full potential.

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Business Model Generation

October 29, 2012

Murdoch University lecturer, Munawwar Ahmed will be leading a training session based on the book Business Model Generation by Dr. Alexander Osterwalder, world-renowned strategist and business consultant. Drawing on his extensive entrepreneurial and managerial experience, Munawwar will be addressing business professionals, including top management and CEOs, on analysing and defying outmoded business models.

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Murdoch Business School Master Class Series: Human Resource Management

Murdoch Business School hosted the second Master class on Human Resource Management last night with attendees from across all industries. This time the Masterclass addressed three key areas:

  • Retaining talent in a booming economy – Mahima Mathur Program Coordinate of Postgraduate Studies, Murdoch Business School and Anthony Macrae, Executive Vice President, Group Head Business Support, United Arab Bank
  • Life after HR – Iqbal Noor, Vice President – HR Business Support human Resources and Shared Services
  • Psychometric Testing method – Dan Adkins, Associate Dean, Murdoch University, Dubai

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October 21, 2012

When Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott joined Murdoch last year he had a vision to enhance the University’s reputation in research and teaching, a vision that seems to be coming to fruition.

Murdoch was recently listed as one of only two Western Australian Universities in the Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Editor of the World University Rankings, Phil Baty, said that the universities listed in the 2012-2013 Rankings represented just two per cent of the world's higher education institutions.

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Business school’s evolution gets international nod of approval

October 18, 2012


Murdoch Business School (MBS) has become only the second school in Australia to be granted membership by the UK’s Association of Business Schools (ABS).

Dean Professor Peter McKiernan said the honour was proof that the school’s on-going evolution from MBS into the School of Management and Governance was on the right track.

“The global financial crisis was a watershed moment in history, one which has led voices within business, academia, government and the media to call for better teaching of leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation – and, most of all, ethics,” Professor McKiernan said.

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The Wahi Brand of Transformational Leadership

October 1, 2012


MBA students at Murdoch University, Dubai became privy to the ‘Wahi Brand of Transformational Leadership’ during one of their Effective Leadership classes. Murdoch University, Dubai’s co-founder Mr Rakesh Wahi, suggested the use of a particularly inspirational leader to tell his story and set a precedent for future leaders. The story of Colonel S P Wahi, a military official and a businessman in his own right, and of course, father of Mr Rakesh Wahi, was revealed this week to students and staff alike. Colonel S P Wahi made a special appearance to personally answer questions and deliver a speech on his experiences and the role of an effective leader today.

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Classes start Sunday September 2

September 11, 2012

Hallways are buzzing at Murdoch University, Dubai as freshmen visit campus to register for their courses and get their class schedules for academic year 2012/2013 which commences on September 2. Students will start the trimester with a week of orientation, which is a week full of activities to help new students settle into university. The week will start off with a campus tour of Murdoch and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Throughout the week students will be registering for various student clubs. Towards the end of the university will be hosting fresher’s night out, an acquaintance party for all students.

As Murdoch University, Dubai enters its 5th year; the campus will be doubling its capacity over the next year. Currently home to over 650 students, the Australian university is looking forward to embracing its future discoverers. Murdoch University, Dubai has awarded the best and brightest with various scholarships for the upcoming academic year across all of its foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

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Serial Innovators

July 23, 2012

Murdoch University Lecturer, Carol Pinto will be taking the centre stage at the training session based on the book, Serial Innovators by Claudio Feser, CEO of McKinsey and Company. An engineer by qualification, Carol will be heading up the training sessions to an audience of business professional including some of the top CEO’s.

Currently teaching a range of business units including Strategic Marketing Management, Business Management and Services Marketing at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, Carol is an acute business minded professional and has gained a wealth of experience from the UAE and globally recognised brands. These include the Al Tayer Group, Emirates NBD, and Harvey Nichols.

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Executive Lecture Series: 'Training Cycles' by Mustafa Naisah

July 4, 2012

Murdoch Business School played host to Mr. Mustafa Naisah from du- Learning & Development department to deliver a rather inspirational lecture on “Training Cycles”. Mustafa highlighted the fundamental differences in coaching, training, learning, facilitating and teaching. He identified learning as a process of constant change and training as a key to prepare the learner to perform tasks according to pre-set objectives.

Interestingly, Mustafa drew a conclusion on the retention of knowledge based on formal and in-formal training. Informal training which is a form of on-going training through every day experience is likely to be retained and put to use as opposed to formal structured training. However, with the launch of new products across organisations almost every day, it is not always feasible to gain these hands on experience. So, organisations host training programs for their employees in order to sell their products most effectively. Whilst some training methods occur over a period of time as the product develops, for most companies, only a week’s worth of training is available. How does this affect the productivity and ultimately, sales? Mustafa shed some light on this and highlighted that on-going training both formally and informally is the key to success.

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Outstanding Achievement Award

July 2, 2012


Murdoch University, Dubai was proud to recognise the outstanding achievement of IT student Vladyslav Kalinin in a prestigious ceremony held on campus last week.
Vlad not only received recognition from the Dubai campus where he is a current student but also from Murdoch University Perth’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Higgot. Vlad was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. Vlad has achieved a Higher Distinction in all but one of his units and secured a position in the top 2% of students enrolled in a Bachelors degree and achieving a minimum of 15 credit points of High Distinction within the review period.

Vlad joined Murdoch University, Dubai at the age of 17 and followed his interest in IT and computer games to an academic level. Originally from Ukraine, Vlad found it difficult to settle into a school in the UAE when he first arrived at the age of 12 for various reasons. As a result, he became accustomed to having tutors for his high school studies. During this period, he developed a keen interest for computer games and became an expert in all computer related antics. His interest and intelligence has shone through his work at Murdoch University, Dubai. Under the guidance of IT lecturer, Wayne Muller, Vlad has been able to develop his understanding and produced cutting edge work which will provide him with a sound backing when he enters the professional world. Of particular interest is that Vlad has been working from a second generation basic desktop to create his work. Vlad was awarded with a state of the art laptop in order to aid him with his work at this critical stage. Murdoch University have highlighted Vlad as an individual who has shown ambition and intellect and made the impossible, possible.

To mark this first of many outstanding achievements, Murdoch University Dubai’s Vice Chairman, Mr Rakesh Wahi made a special appearance at the ceremony to award Vlad the Vice Chancellors pin which had been sent from the parent campus in Perth.

Murdoch University, Dubai’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor John Grainger closed the ceremony with the promise to celebrate more outstanding students in the very near future.

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Murdoch University, Dubai announces Scholarships

May 28, 2012

Murdoch University Dubai announces Scholarships worth AED2, 000,000 for the upcoming academic year across all of its foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

As Murdoch University, Dubai enters its 5th year; the campus will be doubling its capacity come this September. Currently home to over 600 students, the Australian university is looking forward to embracing its future discoverers. The Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and recognise the achievement of young school leavers. These have also been extended to those individuals who have showcased exceptional talent in sporting and extra-curricular activities. New for this year are the Sir Walter Murdoch and Dean’s Recognition scholarship, the criteria for which are set by the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, Dubai, Professor John Grainger.

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