My name is Rami Rabia, I am an Iraqi-Canadian,
I have been based here in Dubai for the past six years now and I graduated from the Cass
Executive MBA earlier this year in 2012. I currently work with the Government of Dubai
at the Dubai Department of Economic Development, which is the authority that licenses the businesses
and is responsible for developing the economy of Dubai. Specifically I work with the SME
sector, helping them expand their exports. I knew I wanted something from the region,
and being based here in Dubai we are not short of choice. We have, I think, four or five
of the top MBAs based right here in the UEA. But I still wanted to go to Cass really for
the following reasons. First was the international faculty that Cass
has — we have professors from all over Europe and North America.
Second, I think, was the student population — the student body. I had classmates from
all over the region who flew in to take the programme — probably around 25% of them flew
in every month just to take the programme. Again, being based in Dubai, a lot of offices
are based here to serve the region, so I wanted a little bit more of that region flavour.
And finally why I chose Cass was the module structure that the programme has delivered.
The programme is delivered over a four day extended weekend, which really meant that
in those four days I could completely cut out the rest of my work, interruptions, my
family, and just focus on the programme itself. One of the things that I really enjoyed about
Cass was the ability to take a company that I was really fascinated with, being Emirates
Airlines, and being able to study them several times through several subjects and modules,
which really gave me a great overview of the company but also allowed me to apply some
of the teachings that I learnt at a world class university like Cass to a local company,
and how they have been able to go internationally and compete on the international stage. Cass
gave me that global view of a global company like Emirates.
One of the highlights of my time at Cass was the International Symposiums. I went to both
South Africa and China. What I liked about them was that it gave me an opportunity to
interact with the London cohorts, themselves were very international, which expanded my
own network. But it was also an important gateway to understanding some of the challenges
faced by some of the Brit countries. I think the part that I enjoyed most about the symposiums
was the fact that I went there to purely learn — I didn’t have to worry about organising
my travels within the country or where I’m going to eat or where I’m going to go next
— I was there purely to experience the country which was fantastic.
My advice to prospective students would be that an MBA is not about the letters you put
after your name but the name that you make for yourself, and really what you put into
the MBA is exactly what you’re going to get out so once you start the programme make sure
you put everything that you have into it.