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News from year 2014

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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