Edinburgh Business School welcomes graduands from around the world

After years of hard work, sleepless nights and challenging exams, students and their families gather to celebrate academic success with Edinburgh Business School's faculty and the wider University community. 

Over 100 eligible students will attend the graduation ceremony in Edinburgh today to receive their Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Masters (MSc) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the hands of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Professor Richard Williams. 

Before they cross the stage, Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, will read out their names and mark this proud moment for the graduands, their families and the University’s staff.
 
Professor McGregor, said: “Many of our students overcome serious obstacles to pursue university education. Business education especially can be out of reach for many and as a School we are committed to changing that. 
 
“Our students are committed, determined and talented. Their hard work, combined with our robust curriculum prepares Edinburgh Business School's graduates for the competitive job market."
 
“Our graduands are highly employable and many of them already run successful businesses and have climbed the corporate ladder within multinational companies.”
 
Among the graduands attending the ceremony is a Director of eCommerce at PVH Corp, Jan Philipp Wintjes, who is graduating with DBA. PVH Corp is one of the most admired fashion and lifestyle companies in the world with a portfolio of iconic brands led by Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. 
 
Also graduating today is Michael Cathie, CEO of Nandos South Africa. Michael is graduating with a Master of Business Administration with a specialism in Strategic Planning and previously worked at multinational companies like Microsoft and Pepsico.
 
Today’s graduation is also a celebration of the success of Edinburgh Business School’s online learning team led by Director of Online Learning, Stuart Allan.  
 
The team, consisting of academics (Colin Garvie, Shai Davidov and Gerry Reilly), and professional services (Alex Lumsden, Mary Jane Bennett, Martha Gibson, Roddy Munro, Kara Johnston and Lucy Kendra) received the Heriot-Watt University Award for Teaching Innovation.  

The awards panel recognised the team’s creativity and collaborative work to transform online learning at Edinburgh Business School through innovation in curriculum design, content creation and the use of digital technologies. 
 
The award will be presented to the winners at the summer graduation ceremonies.