Rania Elsheimy is the deputy general manager and head of the corporate banking division at a regional bank in the United Arab Emirates. She graduated with distinction in December 2016 with an MSc in Corporate Finance from the University of Liverpool and received a Student of the Year award, having studied 100% online from Dubai.
Watch the video of Rania’s journey from Dubai to Liverpool to receive her degree.
With a senior role in banking and over seventeen years of professional experience, Rania was certainly not lacking in financial knowledge and technical expertise when she began her master’s. Her objective was to gain a better understanding of academic theory, and to earn a qualification to support further career development in the long term. “I believe it is crucial to augment the technical skills and knowledge you have with proper postgraduate studies from a reputable university,” she explains.
The University of Liverpool’s position as a research-led university, ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide*, made the Liverpool online MSc in Corporate Finance an ideal choice for Rania, who had to balance studying with a demanding job and her personal responsibilities as a working mother of two.
Collaborating across cultural and professional lines
The highly collaborative nature of the online programme gave Rania the opportunity to interact with people with different backgrounds, further adding to her understanding of her field.
“It is an absolute enrichment to deal with people with such diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. The experience itself has added a lot to me in many ways,” she says.
“I was probably the only banker in most of the modules which was quite interesting,” she says. The other students were individuals who managed finances within companies in a variety of industries. “Although I have been doing corporate finance and corporate banking for the last 17 years, it was very important to study how companies think of corporate finance and how companies take their financing decisions,” Rania explains.
For her online master’s dissertation, Rania researched how Chief Financial Officers in Dubai make decisions about capital structure.
Celebrating a milestone
Travelling to Liverpool to receive her master’s degree was a momentous event for Rania. Fitting postgraduate studies alongside a demanding job and family responsibilities was not always easy, and Rania admits that she was tempted to give up. However, her passion for the subject together with the support of her family, her colleagues and even some of her clients helped to keep her motivated.
“This is one of the most important landmarks in my life,” she says. “It’s an honour to be part of the community of one of the world’s most reputable universities.”
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*The University of Liverpool consistently ranks in the top 200 universities worldwide in several of the main university league tables: Times Higher Education’s World Rankings 2017-2018 – 177; QS World University Rankings® 2017-18 – 173; Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017 – in the top 150.