Sheikh Hamdan surprises graduates with special message

Unique graduation ceremony sees latest 'film production technologies' used.

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Graduates of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) were in for a royal surprise on Monday. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, surprised them with a touching message as they graduated virtually.

The first-of-its-kind virtual ceremony in the region used the latest “film production technologies”.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed sent a surprise e-mail message to the 516 female and male graduates: “So happy to share in the excitement of your graduation day, it is my pleasure to assure you that your HBMSU is very proud of you, and your well-deserved success. Best wishes for a bright future.”

Sheikh Hamdan is the President of the HBMSU.

The unique graduation ceremony used 3D and ultra-high-definition (4K) technologies. “Advanced cameras, interactive screens, a high-tech studio, animation, and stop-motion technology were utilised for the event. The ceremony was broadcast on a custom landing page dedicated to the end user.

“The page had a live feed, engagement content, and a sharing feature. Users could chat, comment, or send emojis. The ‘360 Gallery’ introduced during the virtual graduation ceremony showcased the graduates and their scientific and academic achievements,” the university said in a Press statement.

The first batch of PhD graduates included eight learners, of whom three were from the School of Business and Quality Management; three from the School of Health and Environmental Studies; and two from the School of e-Education.

A total of 360 Master’s and 146 Bachelor’s degree and several Diploma learners received their certificates virtually through blockchain technology.

The HBMSU is the first Arab university to adopt this technology to enable graduates to share their academic certificates and degrees on their social media platforms or with other higher education institutions anytime, anywhere.

Lt.-Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Governors of HBMSU, said: “We will continue to adopt new methodologies and smart tools to further boost talent development, build specialised skills, and ensure that our young people are qualified to effectively drive growth and advancement.”

Source: Khaleej Times