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18 June 2012

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Cambridge MBA student due to graduate 11 years after his father An MBA student has followed in his father’s footsteps by choosing …

Cambridge MBA student due to graduate 11 years after his father

An MBA student has followed in his father’s footsteps by choosing to study at Cambridge Judge Business School – making them the first father and son team to do so!

Salman Saeed, who is due to complete his MBA this summer, decided to apply to Cambridge Judge Business School as he wanted an intense experience where he could learn with a diverse, international cohort and world-class faculty. Back in 2000, his father, Arshad also decided on the Cambridge MBA, after having already completed one at Delhi University 25 years earlier.

Salman commented:

Whilst researching the curriculum of different business schools, the breadth and intensity of the Cambridge MBA curriculum stood out. My father had always raved about his experience in Cambridge so when he heard I was considering an MBA, he nudged me towards applying to Cambridge Judge Business School, but was relatively hands-off during the entire application process. That changed once I was accepted and he then actively lobbied me to join!

However, he didn’t really need to, as during the campus interview day, I was highly impressed by the calibre of fellow candidates, the friendliness of the entire Admissions staff and the atmosphere at the University – all of which convinced me to accept the admission offer.”

Prior to his studies, Salman worked as an ERP Systems Manager for Binzagr Company, the largest fast moving consumer goods distributor in Saudi Arabia, who has fully sponsored his MBA. On his return to the company, he will take on the more senior role of Head of Business Systems and will be responsible for all IT system implementations and all business process improvement initiatives across the organisation.

His father, Arshad, who is also now based in Saudi Arabia and is Senior Vice President of Binzagr Company, made a brief return to Cambridge Judge Business School at the end of May. He said:

I look back on my time in Cambridge with nostalgia and fondness, and as well as getting a valuable MBA, I made life-long friendships – some of which I was able to meet up with on my return, along with a number of professors who taught me.

I was very pleased to see that Cambridge Judge Business School maintains the same friendly and cohesive atmosphere, but has also grown further as a professional business school, offering a wider variety of subjects and electives. I am confident that after the Cambridge MBA experience, Salman will be professionally equipped for life in the same way I was and I hope that he networks with his classmates and professors as school friendships are profound and can never be duplicated.”

Photo shows Salman Saeed (L) with his father Arshad (R) and Reader in Strategy & Policy Dr Kamal Munir (centre)