Bangor University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, will be welcoming Bangor alumni and special guests to a reunion in the Kingdom of Bahrain, on Tuesday 6th September 2016. The University is pleased to announce that Mr. Simon Martin, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, will attend the event as well as H.E Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of Central Bank of Bahrain and Chairman of the Board of The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF).
The reunion will take place a day after the annual graduation of BIBF where degrees will be awarded for Bangor-validated programmes. The partnership between the British university and the BIBF began in 2004 with the first cohort of students graduating in 2007. Since then more than 500 students have graduated from the programme, many of whom have travelled to Bangor to complete their studies. This will be the third reunion of its kind held in Bahrain and will once again take place in the magnificent setting of the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay, Manama.
Among remarks from the Ambassador and H. E. Al Maraj, Bangor’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, will be introducing the first Bangor University / BIBF Alumnus of the Year award. This very special honour recognises a graduate of the Bangor/BIBF programme who has achieved professional distinction, while also finding time to undertake volunteer activities and give back to their community. The Alumnus of the Year Award highlights the value that the University attaches to its alumni and their achievements, and draws attention to the contributions which the students make to society. We’re pleased to announce that Amina Rashid Al-Alaiwi is the Bangor University / BIBF Alumnus of the Year 2016. Ms Al-Alaiwi, who is Superintendent at the Central Bank of Bahrain, studied in Bangor in 2009-10 to gain her B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance. She will be presented with the award by Prof. John G. Hughes during the reunion.
Bangor University is a renowned traditional British university and is among the top 100 universities in the world for its international outlook. Its business school is ranked in the top 20 in the world for Banking Research (RePEc, as of January 2015) and was the first in the UK to offer an MBA in Banking & Finance. Bangor University has many partnerships with countries in the Gulf, including BIBF and the Emirates Institute of Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS).