The Durham DBA is not purely academic and can benefit business people greatly.

Dr. Ghaneya Al Derazi, Bahraini
Institution:Durham University Business School
Program:Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
Degree:2016

What did you do before this DBA?

Before the DBA I did my Bachelor’s in Finance and Marketing at St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, USA graduating with Distinction (Cum Laude). I then went on to do my MBA at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. I was also working as a senior manager in corporate banking for the National Bank of Bahrain.

Why did you choose this school?

I chose Durham University Business School as it is part of a top-rated university. The School is prestigious with high quality faculty and has a very good academic reputation.

What did you experience during the program?

My experience with the Business School was more than excellent. The faculty is very professional, and everybody is eager to help. The doctoral coordinators attend to requests and enquires in a timely manner and are very friendly and professional.

The teaching faculty is the best. They are very friendly and very experienced in their field and they go out of their way to help you finish your studies.

How did you benefit from the program?

I gained advanced managerial and strategic thinking skills that are suited for executive and leadership positions. As a matter of fact, Durham DBA has changed me as a person, has highly polished my personality, my communication skills and has made me think more strategically and look at work and personal matters from different perspectives. It has widely expanded my horizon. I consider getting a Durham DBA as a stamp of quality.

My research to the best of my knowledge, is the first to investigate the glass-ceiling phenomenon in an under researched context—namely, the Bahraini banking sector. The findings demonstrate the prevalence of gender bias in the Bahraini banking sector. Barriers that impede women’s efforts to climb the corporate ladder were found to be similar to those reported in other Global North contexts. The major difference was the impact of the Muslim patriarchal culture in Bahrain, which has greatly influenced expectations for women’s roles in society and the workplace and women’s behaviours. The study contributes to our understanding of the hurdles in the Bahraini banking sector that impede women’s career progression and contribute to a glass ceiling. I was also pleased to receive the Best Thesis Award in my graduating year.

Why would you recommend this program to others?

The Durham DBA gives you the opportunity to build a deep knowledge in your area of interest/business. It helps open doors for you at the executive level and makes you stand out from the crowd.

In addition, the Durham DBA is not purely academic and can benefit business people greatly. I met people from across the globe and have succeeded in building business relationships with some of them.

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