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DIT confers Honorary Doctorate at College of Business graduation ceremony

Posted: 2 December, 2015

At the final graduation ceremony for graduates of Business, DIT conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Egyptian entrepreneur, Mohamed Ragab. The Ambassador of Egypt to Ireland, Her Excellency Ambassador Gendi, also attended the ceremony.

Professor Brian Norton and Dr. Mohamed Ragab

In his citation, Director and Dean of the College of Business, Mr. Paul O’Sullivan described Mr. Ragab’s extraordinary career, spanning more than six decades.  From managing his farming family’s rice mill, to a brief career in banking, Mr. Ragab developed multiple businesses in tourism and agronomy; in real estate development; and investment in education, from primary to university level.  Mr. O’Sullivan said “In 2006, as the culmination of his contribution to education and in the full expression of his vision, Mr. Ragab established Pharos University in Alexandria on a strategic 50 acre site in the heart of the city. PUA serves more than 8000 students across 11 faculties in the field of Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Engineering, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences.”

Dr. Mohamed Ragab and Ambassador of Egypt, Her Excellency Soha Gendi

Following his conferring with the Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa, Dr. Ragab joined the President and Directors on the platform for the conferring of 350 graduates in disciplines of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Advertising, Business and Law.

In his address to the graduates and their families, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton paid particular tribute to Dr. Ragab and his wife who were also celebrating the success of their grandson – also Mohamed Ragab – who was conferred with a PhD at the same ceremony.  Professor Norton explained that each year Dublin Institute of Technology seeks to recognise the important contribution made by those who achieve distinction in their field and in their communities.   “In addition to Mohamed Ragab’s extraordinary achievements in business, the impact of his entrepreneurship and innovation has been significant.  He has generated economic activity where none existed; he has created enormous employment; and he has invested in education from early childhood to postgraduate levels.  We are honoured to welcome him to DIT and to confer on him the award of Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy.”

During the day, at four ceremonies in St. Patrick’s Cathedral over 1200 graduates of the College of Business were conferred with Awards from Higher Certificate to PhD.   This was the final day of conferring ceremonies for the class of 2015 at DIT.

Director and Dean of the College of Business, Paul O’Sullivan; President, Professor Brian Norton; Ambassador Gendi; and recipient of Honorary Doctorate, Mohamed Ragab