Flexibility and intimacy draw Middle Eastern graduand to UCW
Viewed by University Canada West (UCW) faculty as a promising spokesperson with leadership qualities, Jad Debai, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree, has earned the title of Valedictorian. Debai is now maintaining a 4.0 CGPA in UCW’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program.
The soft-spoken Palestinian was raised in Saudi Arabia but has been a Canadian citizen living in Vancouver, BC for the last seven years. His drive to pursue higher education in an intimate setting in which he could easily have one-on-one interaction with professors and students in a class setting drew him to UCW. Before that he studied English at University of Calgary and then began his higher education at Simon Fraser University.
“My BCom at UCW, which I was attracted to pursue there because of the flexibility of being online or in-class for courses, helped me broaden the scope of my thinking about the business environment and issues within it,” reveals Debai.
He notes studying in UCW’s intimate, community-like setting with smaller than regular university-sized classes taught by readily accessible professors deepened his understanding of business environments.
“I gained a deep understanding of how advertising, marketing, problem solving and philosophy come together to define a business environment,” says Debai. “I was also more encouraged at UCW to think freely in some courses such as philosophy, and express why I hold a particular opinion about an issue.”
Debai plans to leverage the knowledge he has attained in his UCW BCom to pursue business development that is founded on creative problem solving, after he finishes his MBA.
UCW is part of the Global University Systems (GUS) international network of higher-education institutions headquartered in the Netherlands. With institutions and affiliates across the UK, Canada, Germany and Singapore the group educates more than 50,000 students from 160 different nationalities.
UCW delivers programs that provide students with the applied and theoretical basis for success in the workplace and future academic endeavours. Established in 2004 by David Strong, former University of Victoria president, UCW offers quality education with courses that transfer broadly into the public education system. Courses are offered at UCW’s downtown Vancouver campus and online. For more information visit www.ucanwest.ca.
Carol Thorbes, Communications/Media Relations