RGU Graduations: Peaks of success for Aberdeen couple after scaling Mount Kilimanjaro

Two Aberdeen graduates have good reason for feeling on top of the world.

Not only did Aberdeen couple Graham Gordon, 35, and Elaine Anderson, 34, graduate from Robert Gordon University (RGU) on the same day – but they did so just two months after fulfilling another lifetime ambition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Graham graduated with an MBA Oil and Gas Management with Distinction and Elaine with a MSc Project Management with Distinction.

Graham said: “After we both submitted our final pieces of course work on October 6, we flew out to Tanzania and at 7.15am on October 18 we stood on the highest point of Africa.

“Like the MBA programme that I have just completed it was one of the most gruelling but rewarding experiences of my life,”

Elaine added: “Climbing Kilimanjaro was something we had talked about and planned for a long time.

“It is difficult to put into words how amazing it feels to have successfully completed my studies at RGU and climbed the world’s highest freestanding mountain.”

Graham was picking up his second degree from RGU having graduated with an MSc in Project Management last year.

He said: “I would like a career in project management and felt that the course, which was recommended by friends, would facilitate that career change.

“My attraction to the MBA programme surfaced six months into my MSc. The MBA is considered the gold standard of masters degrees and as I was enjoying good success with my MSc studies I wanted to further my education at RGU.”

Elaine, who runs her own personal training business, worked as a document controller for 13 years before moving to a project controls position.

She said: “I felt the MSc Project Management course would increase my knowledge and learning while opening up better job prospects in the future.

“I started the course as a distance learner studying alongside my job. Due to the downturn in oil and gas and the lack of job security I made the decision to leave my job and switch to the full-time course to allow me to fully commit to my studies without any distractions or uncertainties.”