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Murdoch University Dubai celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2015

November 2, 2015

Graduation marks the culmination of a student’s academic achievements and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Murdoch University Dubai, together with its Academic Infrastructure Provider, Global Institute Middle East (GIMEL), hosted its sixth graduation celebration on Saturday the 31st of October at the Zayed University Convention Centre. This was a very special occasion not only for the graduates but also for their family and friends, who have supported them through their studies and who joined them for the celebration.

The Acting Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, Professor Andrew Taggart, delivered the keynote speech celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating class and charging them with using what they have learned to make a positive difference in the world.


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Murdoch University Dubai to host workshop on Educational Leadership and Innovation in UAE Schools

October 25, 2015

MED workshop 2015

Murdoch University Dubai is hosting its second Master of Education workshop for the year to give educators inspiration and ideas for their own practice, and also to encourage them to think about taking their education journey to the next level.  The workshop will cover topics such as effective leadership, innovation in learning and the role of teachers in leading change.

The concept of innovation is taking a new lead and is paving way to a whole new realm of educational reforms. Having to prepare today’s children for an increasingly connected tomorrow, it is mandatory for teachers to adopt methods that would best fit the needs of the next generation.  In this context, Mr Michael Gernon, VP for Innovation, Research, and Development for GEMS Education and CEO of GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis, will be discussing the key tenets of innovation and strategies essential for 21st century education.


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Murdoch University Dubai welcomes Miss India Worldwide 2015 for its ‘Think Pink’ campaign

October 11, 2015

Stephanie Lohale

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to promote student wellbeing, Global Institute Middle East (GIMEL), Academic Infrastructure Provider to Murdoch University Dubai has invited the recently crowned Miss India Worldwide, Stephanie Lohale, to address the Murdoch Dubai students on the 12th of October. The nineteen year old is set to share her experiences at the pageant and conduct an image consultancy workshop focused on overcoming mental obstacles and enhancing self-confidence.

Aspiring to be a fashion publisher, Stephanie has sowed the first seeds towards her goal by pursuing a degree in Fashion Design in Dubai. Her artistic skills were spectacularly demonstrated in front of an astonished audience in Mumbai during the pageant’s talent round by completing a painting in just two and a half minutes. Horse riding, reading romantic novels, and writing short stories are just a few of Stephanie’s many interests.

The Murdoch Dubai students are very excited about the event as Stephanie’s journey through the pageant serves as a story of inspiration, self-confidence, and determination. Murdoch University Dubai has also invited high school girls to participate in this discussion and encouraged them to take inspiration from her experiences.


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Student Profile: Asad Ahmed - Exceling at Information Technology and Programming

October 8, 2015

Asad Ahmed

For Asad Ahmed, a third-year student doing a double degree in Computer Science and Business Information Systems, linking his passion with education was easy. “I’m very tech-minded; from a young age I studied Microsoft Visual Basic which interested me a lot,” he said. “I could manage the way a computer worked and it was a perfect fit -- there’s no field I can excel in better.”

Asad won top honours for computing in the Cambridge International Examinations in his native Karachi, Pakistan before moving to Dubai in 2013 to study. He chose Murdoch because it met the criteria of offering a unique, double-degree program in a more intimate, educational setting with a small teacher to student ratio. “Everyone can feel they’re part of a family,” said Asad. “We all know each other and have close-knit groups; I was dreading a huge campus with people everywhere.”

In addition, the element of Australian academic excellence, the edge of an international campus and the admissions team also played a vital role in Asad’s decision. He was invited to tour the campus and was even printed out the entire course structure of his program to aid him in his decision.


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Student Profile: Maria D’Costa - Mastering Programming languages and Mobile Development

September 7, 2015

Maria D'Costa

In high school, Maria D’Costa’s favourite subjects were informatics and programming databases, so it’s no surprise she is studying towards a double degree in Computer Science and Business Information Systems.

Now in her third year, Maria was drawn in by Murdoch’s IT courses. “I liked the fact that it was well-rounded, and was not only about technology, but combined a business aspect,” she said.

The accomplished student is the recipient of the 2014 Vice Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence in IT and was offered a 100% scholarship to Murdoch upon joining. “That was beneficial for me and my family,” said the Dubai born and raised Maria. “When I visited the campus and looked around I was attracted by the fact that it was a small campus and there would be a lot of teacher student interaction.”


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Alumni Profile: From Murdoch University Dubai to a “big four” advertising agency

August 31, 2015

Bilal Bhaila

When Bilal Bhaila graduated with a double degree in Finance and Marketing he wasn’t about to rest on his laurels. After graduating from Murdoch, he began researching advertising and PR agencies across Dubai and contacting their HR departments; Ogilvy were the first to return his call and the rest is history.

For the 2013 grad who grew up in the UAE, Murdoch was the perfect fit. “I was initially planning on going to Australia, so Murdoch was an ideal option,” he said. An added advantage was that was that Bilal was able to stay with his family while studying towards his degree.

For Bilal, a typical day on the job includes checking the news, identifying industry insights, reaching out to the media as well as pitching ideas and drafting press releases.

He feels his time at Murdoch has given him an edge. “Doing the double major gave me leverage over others, especially when it comes to drafting corporate financial reports and press releases,” he said.


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Murdoch University Dubai to award 4 Million Dirhams in scholarships

July 29, 2015

Murdoch Expansion Plan

Murdoch University Dubai has earned a reputation as one of the top universities in Dubai and its generous scholarships are giving students another reason to study there.

“Murdoch Dubai is proud to be awarding over 4 million Dirhams worth of scholarships and grants for the 2015-2016 academic year,” said Dan Adkins, Academic Director of Murdoch University Dubai & Chief Operating Officer of Global Institute Middle East. “Scholarships are awarded to incoming students who have excelled at academics, sports, and community service during their prior studies.”

“Murdoch University was founded on the principle of providing educational access to worthy students and the Dubai campus is committed to continuing this tradition. We look forward to welcoming these outstanding students to our already award winning student body,” he said. (contd.)

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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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