Donald Trump Honoured by Robert Gordon University
Donald J. Trump, Chairman and President of The Trump Organization, was presented with the honorary award of Doctor of Business Administration (Hon DBA) at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen on Friday 8 October 2010.
Chancellor of Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood CBE, will confer the award at the ceremony. Following receipt of his award, Mr Trump will deliver an acceptance address in front of an audience of invited guests and students.
The University has chosen to confer this degree on Mr Trump in recognition of his business acumen, entrepreneurial vision and the long-term future his company is planning in the North-east of Scotland.
The University has a long-standing commitment to the development of entrepreneurship within its student body. In 1995 the University established the Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship, which delivers entrepreneurship teaching to students across the University as either core or optional elements of their courses.
The University also has a thriving Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course and has developed a specialist Oil and Gas MBA. At the last Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, the University was cited as having world-class research in both Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
Professor John Harper, Acting Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University, said, "Given that business and entrepreneurship lie at the heart of much of the University's academic offering, it is only fitting to award Mr Trump with an honorary degree. He is recognised as one of the world's top businessmen, and our students, the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, can learn much from his business acumen, drive and focus."
Notes to editor
• Further details of the ceremony, and of opportunities to record footage of the ceremony itself, will be available during the week commencing Monday 4 October.
• The Charles P. Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship delivers entrepreneurship teaching to students across the University including business, engineering, maths, computing, hospitality management and design students. Within the Business School, entrepreneurship modules are core to second and third year courses and are offered as a fourth year elective module and as an elective module within the MBA programme.
• MBA programme - Aberdeen Business School is recognised both nationally and internationally for its corporate and management education. The School has had AMBA accreditation since 1999 and is one of only 40 of the UK's 120 Business Schools that have so far been accredited in all three modes of delivery.
• Fashion Designs students at Robert Gordon University's Gray's School of Art are already involved in designing a corporate tartan for Trump International - Scotland. Having been invited to come up with some initial designs, the students have been dealt the task of weaving together the Trump brand and ancestry.