Filipino in Dubai who works in the morning and studies at night graduates cum laude

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A Filipino based in Dubai who has been juggling time to work and complete his MBA has graduated cum laude at a top university in the emirate. 

Eduardo Abuso Roquinaza Jr has completed Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources in Canadian University Dubai (CUD) while working as a full-time senior human resource officer in an oil and gas company in Jebel Ali Freezone. 

Roquinaza is probably the only Filipino who has graduated as cum laude in batch 2020. 

The photos of the graduating students have recently been flashed at the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa. 

“The whole experience of studying and working is not new to me though. When I was studying in Silliman University, Dumaguete City for my bachelor’s degree, I was already juggling three jobs as a student assistant in the library, dormitory and cafeteria and completed my bachelor’s degree with honors,” Roquinaza told The Global Filipino Magazine. 

He added that it was ‘fulfilling’ to collaborate with various students from different countries all over the world. 

“It is very interesting to learn from them too as you will be able to see and understand a different perspective,” he further added. 

Roquinaza couldn’t still believe that he has already earned the most coveted MBA title. 

“I can still vividly recall 11 years ago when I was just passing by in front of the university and dreamt to be one of its students. It took a while for me to decide and go with the decision to study MBA in Dubai, because you really need to be financially prepared to be able to sustain and complete the whole program,” he said. 

The HR professional has been in the host country since 2008 and ‘fortunate’ enough to have worked with big companies in real estate, logistics, pharmaceutical, and Oil and Gas, among others. 

“This work experience allowed me to travel in the US, UK, Europe and the Middle East,” he added. 

As part of his duties and responsibilities, he helps people find work and ultimately find their passion to amplify performance and potential, and at the same time work as an HR business partner with multi-national companies to achieve their strategic goal and become an efficient and effective organization. 

“On the side, I always believe that learning is a never-ending thing so I had the opportunity to complete my Master’s Degree in Human Resources in CUD which enriched my HR knowledge and became a holistic HR professional,” he said. 

To achieve whatever you want in life, he said that one should be passionate and endure some challenges. 

“You do not rush things to be able to fulfill your dreams. It requires persistence, determination and strong faith with God,” the HR professional said. 

Advice amid Covid-19 pandemic

The HR expert believes Covid-19 pandemic allows people to pause and be reminded that they are not in control of the situation at certain times. 

“This situation only reminded us that we need to adapt to be adaptable to change an endure the beauty of its challenges in life. The most important thing right now is to have a positive mindset no matter how worse the situation is because this situation is not yet the final destination. We are just being prepared for a greater path in the future,” he said adding that his plans for graduation have also changed due to the pandemic. 

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