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First Bentley in Bahrain Class Graduates

May 11, 2006

The inaugural class of the Bentley in Bahrain program graduated in front of more than 200 family and friends on Thursday, May 11, in a ceremony held at the Regency Intercontinental Hotel in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The keynote speaker was His Excellency Dr. Mohammed J.K. Alghatam, chairman of the board of trustees of the Bahrain Center for Studies and Research, and chairman of the board of directors of Aluminium Bahrain.

The group of 13 seniors earned Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in management and a minor in information technology. A reception was held at the U.S. Ambassador's residence on May 9 for the graduates and their families.

The Bentley in Bahrain program was founded in 2002 through a relationship with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF). It offers students in Bahrain and surrounding Gulf States the opportunity to learn from Bentley professors and earn a Bentley degree.

"I'm thrilled to see our first Bentley in Bahrain students graduate," says H. Lee Schlorff, professor of International Studies and director of Middle East Academic Programs, who developed and guided the program to fruition. "To be able to develop and see a new program in another part of the world succeed has been a great opportunity for me personally, and for Bentley. In the face of globalization, this kind of international outreach and education is exceptionally important."

Bentley in Bahrain students study for four academic years spending the fall and spring semesters in Bahrain and three summers on the Bentley campus in Waltham, where they have access to the college's high-tech labs and state-of-the-art library. Their stay also includes visits to Boston and other U.S. and Canadian cities.

"The program provides the students with a wonderful opportunity to acquire an American education while residing in the Kingdom of Bahrain," said Maha Khatib, the first official director of the Bentley in Bahrain program. "Moreover, the students' academic training is enhanced by their interactions with members of the Bentley community during the summers when they attend classes in Waltham."

The new Bentley in Bahrain graduates, all of whom are from Bahrain, are:

Hussa Al-Khalifa, Aysha Al-Khalifa, Abdulla Al-Khalifa, Aysha Al-Shurooqi, Reem Al-Khalifa, Rana Mandeel, Budoor AlMutawa, Abdulrahman Mohamed, Alia Al-Shamlan, Asma Al-Madani, Mohammed AlArayedh, Huda Merbati, and Fatima Khalifa.


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