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Graduation day is tomorrow – Friday 15 November 2013 for many of our MBA students – not just the full-time route but many are joining us, with proud family members and friends, from our International Centres and from Part-time and Flexible routes. Here, Mehdi Dhomun reflects on his year on the Full-Time MBA…

The close of the Strathclyde MBA is significant for all the obvious reasons: whatever may be the intentions behind undertaking the MBA, be it for career progression, change, personality enhancement or merely filling a gap year, we are now in a position of confidence within the professional world allowing us to rightly proclaim: “This is our worth!”

There’s never overstating what can be learned during the Strathclyde MBA. All matters pertaining to management are obviously covered with emphasis on group work, strategy, personal reflection, professional development, and diversity among others. By composing with such elements, a world-class experience is most definite. This in itself is not surprising. My colleagues and fellow alumni have the same narrative; the academic baggage accumulated over the year, the soft skills gathered and the networking opportunities are a given and have been countlessly dealt upon in varying degrees in previous posts. The diversity of the cohort most certainly plays a fundamental role; you do get the chance to work with people from around the globe and I must say that I particularly enjoyed working with the Glaswegians.

What really marked me however is the extent to which Strathclyde appropriates herself of her students. This may be the real differentiating factor Strathclyde possesses over other universities. I have been to three different universities in three countries spanned over two continents, and never have I felt such a strong sense of belonging to a school. There is genuine care and attention from the faculty and staff. It’s no secret that Marianne, Margaret and Karen are our angels, always irreproachably trying their hardest to give us the best support, the best ‘encadrement’, addressing all of our concerns as insignificant as they might be; they are of great comfort. There is just the natural manifestation of Scottish hospitality at Strathclyde and as such it’s nearly impossible not to get attached…

What I also take with me as I am moving away from Glasgow are the friendships I have made throughout the year; friendships forged during the stress of completing abstruse assignments or the marathon group study sessions for the exams. There’s never forgetting the near pseudo psychotic breakdown where the laughter overtook the study sessions and prompted the likes of:” OH NOO!!! I’m going to fail the FFM exam tomorrow!!! OH well at least I had a good laugh while studying for it…” As we are going our separate ways, it is up to us to find a way to keep the friendship alive somehow.

I take with me the best of memories, the same kind of memories my grand uncles took with them when they returned home upon completing their studies in Scotland decades ago, the same kind of memories my sister took with her when she returned home after completing her undergraduate degree in Scotland a couple of years ago, and the same kind of memories my cousin took with him when he graduated from Strathclyde a few years ago. To all of you at Strathclyde, I say a heartfelt Thank You and best of luck! that you now know the reasons that would provoke my nostalgia in the years to come. It is with a heavy heart that I am spending my last few days in Glasgow before moving on for my next role. Time has now finally come about to say…

DAMN IT!!!!!!

How about we just pretend that we are going to see each other on Monday morning and leave it at that; it’s easier this way…

Graduation day

Many congratulations to Mehdi and all our graduants tomorrow – have a wonderful day!