Publication date: 12/04/2010
Bangor University has awarded its first ever Bangor University degree.
Thamer Hassan Albahrani received degree certificate number 00000001 on completing his MBA in Management at the University's leading Business School.
Forty year old Thamer Albahrani, who is originally from Saudia Arabia, is now studying for a Doctorate in Economics, studying international business trade at the University.
Having graduated from King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, Thamer who comes from Alhasa in Saudi, ran his own business there before coming to the UK in 1998. Prior to undertaking professional career development by studying one of Bangor University's highly respected Management MBA Degrees, he was working in marketing for a private college in Cardiff.
"Though we've been in existence for over 125 years, this marks an important step for the University. Bangor University recently gained its own degree awarding powers from the Privy Council, having previously given University of Wales degrees. Awarding the first degree marks the conclusion of that process and we look forward to awarding Bangor University degrees at our graduation ceremonies later in the year," commented the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Merfyn Jones.
Thamer said: "I'm very glad to be the first person to receive a Bangor University degree. I originally lived in Brighton and London but moved to Cardiff and now Bangor. I like Wales and the Welsh people. I decided to study at Bangor University as it has a good reputation and the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise rated the Business School as the best in the UK."