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Representatives from Robert Gordon University to visit Abu Dhabi and Dubai

United Arab Emirates: Monday, January 18 - 2010 @ 15:04

This follows from the announcement that the University has set aside £350,000 for merit-based scholarships in the coming 2010/2011 academic year that can be applied for by all prospective postgraduate-level students.

This is the first time that representatives from Scotland’s Robert Gordon University will travel to the Middle East. They are set to appear at Higher Education Exhibitions in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) in February and March 2010.

Robert Gordon University is a modern university situated in Aberdeen, North East Scotland, which was established in 1750 as a hospital providing residential education to young people. In 1992, it was granted university status and since then has become known as ‘The Professional University’ due to its wide range of vocational education programmes that are highly regarded by employers and academics alike.

The University has 14,236 students studying in over 145 full and part time undergraduate and postgraduate courses across its two campuses (Garthdee and Schoolhill). 35% of these students are undertaking their courses on a distance learning basis, allowing them to further their careers whilst continuing to work and without having to move away from home.

In 2009, the University was named ‘The Best Modern University in the UK’ by The Times Good University Guide. Furthermore, the same publication listed the university as the 4th highest in terms of graduate-level employment with 95%+ of students gained employment or went on to study a further qualification. The University was placed just behind London School of Economics, Imperial College London, and Cambridge University.

The University’s two campuses are based within Aberdeen City, a modern city offering beautiful scenery, first class shops, theatres, cinemas, bars, clubs, concerts and restaurants. With the discovery of oil in North Sea in the 1970s, Aberdeen was transformed into the energy capital of Europe. The University has grown with this, developing leading courses in the fields of Oil & Gas, Engineering, Computing & IT and Business Management.

The merit-based scholarship schemes for postgraduate students are a recent development for Robert Gordon University, with hundreds of students from the 2009/10 intake becoming the first to benefit from this source of funding. Merit scholarships are offered by individual academic departments and can range up to £9000. While each department has a different amount of scholarships to distribute and specific approaches on how to award them, all are based on merit i.e. evidence of academic and other achievements.

The following schools within the University currently award scholarships to international and national/EU postgraduate students: Aberdeen Business School; School of Computing; School of Engineering; School of Health Sciences; School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences; Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment; and the Faculty of Health and Social Care. Aberdeen Business School also awards scholarships for exceptionally able students seeking to undertake its International MBA programme.

“We are delighted to offer such generous scholarship funding opportunities to our prospective postgraduate students,” comments Christine Buchanan, Dean of Students.

Buchanan added, “Our courses are becoming ever more popular with International students seeking entry into the energy industry, as well as the business and IT worlds and we feel it is vital to offer local and international students equal opportunities to seek additional funding.”

“With nearly 20% of our students coming from overseas, we consider ourselves to have a truly global reach. A combination of our forward-looking courses and research, up-to-the-minute facilities and beautiful location make studying at Robert Gordon University a truly exceptional and attractive opportunity for prospective students from throughout the world,” she said.

Nilesh Pansare, Area Account Manager for BP in Aberdeen, graduated with a Masters Business Administration in 2006.

Pansare said, “There is a strong international community at Aberdeen Business School, my class comprised of many different nationalities. This enabled more interaction with different economies, facilitating more perspectives. This was key to my knowledge about the international business community.”

“From the basic understanding of the concept of management, to the practical skills needed to run and manage business, studying at Robert Gordon University has certainly given me the right set of tools to be successful in my career,” Pansare added.

Andrew Hyde completed an MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering. He was the recipient of the Talisman scholarship.

Hyde said, “I decided to study at the Robert Gordon University to ensure that I started work with a broad knowledge of the industry to help me communicate with other oil and gas professionals from various disciplines. Time spent in Aberdeen also offered great networking opportunities at SPE student chapter and Energy Institute meetings.”

“I was awarded the Talisman Scholarship and then applied to their Graduate Programme through normal channels. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the company and I was delighted to be offered the job. Through the Graduate Development Programme I look forward to gaining varied and invaluable industry experience,” added Hyde.

Nnamdi Obienu recently studied the Project Management MSc. “Robert Gordon University was recommended to me by friends and when I discovered the course was designed for industry, professionally accredited and boasted modern facilities, there was no other option. And I’m certainly not disappointed.”

Nayan Gala is a recent graduate of the International Marketing Management Masters programme. He says, “I chose Robert Gordon University because it offered everything I was looking for. It is situated in the prosperous ‘Oil Capital of Europe’ and has an excellent record for graduate employment.”

“I have never been in an educational setting before where it felt like the people around me were more like family than classmates,” comments Physiotherapy Postgraduate student, Rodrigo B Galindo. “Not only do we study and work on projects together, we have nights out and enjoy each other’s company.”

“The online programme was very beneficial for both me and my employer,” states Oil & Gas Law Distance Learning student, Ghsan Maisery. “I was able to study for an LLM while continuing with my full-time employment.”

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