Text of Mansour Raweh's Speech

Mansour Raweh studied Business English at Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies, and recieved his diploma in the department's inaugural graduation ceremony.

This is the speech that he gave on 9 June 2013 at the reception to celebrate the College's 25th anniversary and the graduation of the Department of English's first batch of Business English Diploma recipients.

Mansour Raweh

First, I’d like to say thank you our guests who came today to our celebration. As we all know, your time is precious, and your presence reflects on your encouragement of education in our society.
To the instructors, trainers, and all the college staff, I say thank you very, very much for your efforts and patience. We are all grateful to you. Without your help and support, we would not be here today.
To the graduates, I say congratulations! Your efforts have come to fruition.
I hope we will not be the only people who will benefit from the knowledge we received in our college courses. I believe we’ll spread that knowledge to our colleagues, friends, neighbors, and everyone else around us. They also may benefit from our knowledge of business when we talk to them or we help them in their endeavors.
The curriculum we've studied is considered an introduction to an MBA program. Most of us, if not all, hope that this will become a full MBA program in the near future. When it is, we also hope we can join it.
The Yemeni economy, as we know, is sadly not as strong as it can be, but we must hope that it will improve. And when it does, we will need well-educated business people to start up and run new businesses, according to the most up-to-date thinking. It is our dream that an MBA program will prepare us for a brighter future.
Thank you all again for coming and I wish success and happiness to my fellow graduates. I hope we can remain friends forever.