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A husband and wife are among 170 graduates who are celebrating their success following UWS’s Paisley graduation.

The morning ceremony, which took place at Paisley Abbey on Wednesday 14 November, saw international students and parents-of-three Raid Alzubi and Hadeel Al Zoubi each receive their PhD in computing and machine learning from UWS’ School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences. 

Speaking about this momentous occasion, Dr Alzubi continued: “Being a part of the International Students’ Society at UWS allowed us to take part in many academic and social activities. Paisley is a great place for international students, we have met so many kind and friendly people that we hope to stay in touch with.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS presided at the ceremony whilst the main address came from Professor Steve Olivier, Provost and Deputy Principal of UWS.

Commenting, Professor Craig Mahoney said: “Graduation day is a very special occasion as it is a time to reflect on all that has been achieved, whilst heralding a new beginning. We pride ourselves on being an international university that is committed to supporting all students and to providing them with a high quality, truly modern and innovative university experience. We aim to inspire our students to achieve their very best, so many congratulations go out to each and every graduate for reaching this milestone.” 

The staff at UWS have offered us unlimited support from day one. Our academic success would not have been possible without their unwavering guidance, care and patience. Earning a PhD was our dream and it has finally come true.
Dr Raid Alzubi
Husband & wife receive PhD from same school on same day at UWS's Paisley Graaduation ceremony.

Speaking about their time at UWS, Dr Alzubi continued: “Being a part of the International Students’ Society at UWS allowed us to take part in many academic and social activities. Paisley is a great place for international students, we have met so many kind and friendly people that we hope to stay in touch with.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS presided at the ceremony whilst the main address came from Professor Steve Olivier, Provost and Deputy Principal of UWS.

Graduation day is a very special occasion as it is a time to reflect on all that has been achieved, whilst heralding a new beginning. We pride ourselves on being an international university that is committed to supporting all students and to providing them with a high quality, truly modern and innovative university experience. We aim to inspire our students to achieve their very best, so many congratulations go out to each and every graduate for reaching this milestone.
UWS’s Professor Craig Mahoney | Principal & Vice Chancellor | University of the West of Scotland Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, UWS
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