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News from year 2012

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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