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Graduating Students Urged to Embrace New Beginnings

27th June, 2010

Dubai, June 27, 2010

S. P. Jain graduates eighth batch of 'Corporate Athletes'


Dubai, June 27, 2010: The S. P. JAIN Center of Management (SPJCM) in Dubai marked its 8th convocation ceremony on June 18th in an event that witnessed around 170 graduates successfully being conferred with their MBA degrees. The special event was graced by Mr. Nitish Jain, President (SPJCM), Professor Christopher Abraham, Head - Dubai Campus and Sr. Vice President and Dr. Balakrishna Grandhi, Dean of the Executive MBA, and guest of honor Mr. Rajeev Kakar, Executive Director & CEO of Dunia Finance, a leading financial services company based in the UAE.

The event started with the lighting of the lamp by the President and a welcome address given by Dr. Dhrupad Mathur, Director, Projects at SPJCM. This was followed by a Presidential speech by Mr. Nitish Jain, who reminded the graduating students of the importance of being prepared in an increasingly uncertain world. The essence of his message was that tomorrow's world would only reward those who would make a difference.

Dr. Grandhi then spoke of the need for a new breed of executives and professionals known as a 'Corporate Athletes'. The key elements for the success of the corporate athletes were further highlighted by Prof. Christopher Abraham in his address to the graduates. He urged the graduates to never give up in life and never forget life's most important lesson - attitude.

The highlight of the evening's function was the keynote address delivered by the guest of honor and dunia CEO Mr. Rajeev Kakar. In a rousing address, the gathering was captivated by his inspiring words that reminded graduates that convocation does not just mark the end of an academic program, but also signifies a new beginning in their life, and that life's lessons are all about doing things correctly and ethically.

"The drivers of success in life are many but all are logical and closely connected. It is all about right values, belief in yourself and willingness to act. It is all about hope, execution and accomplishment", concluded Mr. Kakar.

The graduates then celebrated the occasion by tossing their graduation hats and marking the formal conclusion of the evening's eventful program.

S P Jain's graduates have consistently performed well in their corporate careers and now armed with the MBA Degree aim to reach newer heights of excellence in the future.

Dunia has previously partnered with S. P. Jain to provide academic courses for Emirati students and young professionals under the umbrella of its Emirati talent development scheme "Kawader". Since then, XX students have graduated from the program and have been employed by dunia.

About SP Jain

S.P. Jain Center of Management is a global business school with campuses in Dubai, Singapore, Mumbai, with the fourth one being established in Sydney. It is ranked among the top 10 Asian Business Schools and has also been ranked the # 1 institution of higher learning in UAE by AC Nielsen in 2008.


  • One year full-time Global MBA Program, where students study 6 months each in Dubai and Singapore with an option to study 10 weeks in the # 1 ranked business schools in Canada and Australia. This unique learning experience culminates in exciting placements worldwide.
  • Executive MBA Program for working professionals, with convenient evening classes and specializations in marketing, finance, operations or general management.
  • Short term executive development programs conducted by distinguished professors.
  • Four year full-time Global BBA program where students will study the first 2 years in Singapore and the final 2 years in Sydney.

The vision of S.P. Jain Center of Management is to focus on real world issues and through continuous innovation, create future global business leaders.

About Dunia Finance LLC

Dunia Finance LLC (Dunia) is an Abu Dhabi headquartered Finance company in the UAE, that is a strategic investment and alliance created by leading players namely:

  • Fullerton Financial Holdings Pvt Ltd (FFH) - a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings in Singapore
  • Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala) - a wholly owned investment vehicle of the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in the UAE
  • Waha Capital PJSC - a holding company engaged in owning, selling, leasing and investing in various types of fixed and movable assets worldwide
  • A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises LLC - one of the leading and prominent business groups in the UAE

Dunia aims to focus nationally on the key Mass Affluent and Mass Market segments in the Consumer Financial services side, and on the SME and Small business customers on the Business Finance side. Dunia will aim through a nationwide presence in the UAE to provide a full-function product range, including a range of secured and unsecured loans, credit cards and financial planning services, as well as deposits for non-individual customers.

Dunia is unique in its use of a customer-centric approach that aims to deliver a differentiated, yet relevant, unique value proposition that caters to the holistic product, convenience, experience, and service expectations of clients in the UAE. All this will be delivered sustainably and predictably to the customer, through processes and proposition supported by investment in state-of-the-art technology and capabilities, and partnerships with service providers who excel in their individual areas of expertise. Dunia is led by a senior management team comprising of talented and seasoned business leaders with a wealth of global experience.

Dunia means 'the world' in Arabic and in several other languages spoken in the UAE, and Dunia aims to offer its customers a world of opportunities.