Robert Gordon University (RGU) students ,alumni and friendsrecently gathered in Qatar to attend a workshop led by an RGU academic and an international law firm.

Over 80 people attended the workshop which was hosted by David Christie, course leader for the LLM/MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration at The Law School at RGU and Pinsent Masons, a full service International law firm.

The workshop, which included practical legal skills sessions in the morning followed by a group exercise in the afternoon has been hailed a huge success and has led to RGU researching the possibility of establishing a forum that enables alumni to build an invaluable personal network of business and social contacts.

David Christie said: “I was bowled over by the warmth of the welcome I received and the enthusiasm of the students and alumni who I met. I think those attending were similarly surprised to find out that there were so many others involved who knew about RGU and had taken part in the course.

I am keen that we build on that to provides ways to enhance the experience for everyone who is involved – and has been involved in the course.

It was great to get feedback on the event and on the mastersprogramme – and even better that so much of it was positive. Students seem to really understand what we are trying to do in terms of building knowledge and expertise which they can use in their every day work. Where the feedback looked at things we can improve, I was actually happy that so much of it related to ideas that I have – and discussions which are ongoing internally. “

This is the third event hosted by the Aberdeen Business School in Doha this year which shows there’s an appetite to establish a local group that will provide further networking opportunities

Claire Shaw, Head of Alumni Relations at RGU, said: “We estimate there are at least 200 RGU alumni living in Qatar. A significant number of these live in Doha and have studied LLM Construction Law and Arbitration course at The Law School.

“Our alumni are our greatest ambassadors and, through their support, significantly contribute to the reputation and success of the university.”

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