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Celebrating our milestones

Through the years, we have accumulated countless memories. From our launch in 2006 to the 10th anniversary celebration we hosted at the British Embassy in Dubai and the networking and other events we regularly organise, we share our joys with our students, alumni, partners and the whole Manchester community.

University launches new Part-time MSc Reliability Engineering & Asset Management (REAM)

The University of Manchester introduces a new, industry-led part-time Master’s programme for working professionals and new engineering graduates in the Middle East. The 2-year, part-time MSc REAM is designed to help meet the region’s need for professional maintenance strategies and asset management, as the regional economy goes through a digital and industrial transformation. The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The University welcomes the first Middle East cohort of 18 students in January 2018


The University of Manchester and Indiana University offer new joint Kelley-Manchester Global MBA in the region

US-based Kelley School of Business and Alliance Manchester Business School introduce a new joint Kelley-Manchester Global MBA for students based in the Middle East. The innovative, part-time joint MBA programme promises a unique international experience for working professionals in the Middle East, with student support provided through the Middle East Centre team based in Dubai.  Together, the two schools provide students with professional development and exposure to global business – and the award of two prestigious degrees.

Introducing the Manchester Management Development Programme in the Middle East

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre in Dubai launches the Manchester Management Development Programme (MMDP) for the region. The MMDP is an Executive Education programme that runs on campus in Manchester and has been tailored to working professionals in the Middle East. The first session of the new three-day programme runs in February 2018, led by visiting faculty from the university. MMDP is one of a series of new executive education programmes launched by the university in the Middle East, during 2017 and 2018.t Kelley-Manchester Global MBA for students based in the Middle East. The innovative, part-time joint MBA programme promises a unique international experience for working professionals in the Middle East, with student support provided through the Middle East Centre team based in Dubai.  Together, the two schools provide students with professional development and exposure to global business – and the award of two prestigious degrees.

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre

The University of Manchester announces plans to strengthen its presence in Dubai by building on the success of the regional centre and renaming it The University of Manchester Middle East Centre, along with the launch of the first of a suite of new industry-led Master’s programmes. As an early entrant to the Dubai and regional business education market and innovator of transnational education, the University aims to build on the strong relationships with government, corporates and educational partners in the region and continue to further strengthen UAE-UK relationships through research, innovation and commercialisation.

MBS hosts its first Careers Fair in the Middle East

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre launches a new specialist Master’s degree programme - the new MSc International Healthcare Leadership is a 2-year, part-time blended learning programme designed for experienced and qualified medical and management professionals in the Middle East. The first regional cohort of 21 students is inducted in September 2017. The healthcare sector is one of the most dynamic industries in the region with continuing investment by the public and private sectors, and a growing need for talent to optimise this investment.

MBS Middle East passes 2,000 MBA student milestone 

MBS passes the 2,000 student milestone as it celebrates its 10th anniversary  in the region. Today, MBS Middle East Centre continues to be the largest and fastest growing centre in the MBS international network.

MBS hosts its first Careers Fair in the Middle East

In 2016, MBS held its first inaugural Careers Fair in Dubai. Over 120 MBS students and alumni had the opportunity to meet with over 25 recruiters who were interested in recruiting MBS MBAs for a variety of roles across different sectors. Participating companies included Nokia, Nestle, Mott Macdonald, Crowe Horwath, Deloitte, PwC, EY, Mackenzie Jones, Manpower, Hays, Dubai World Trade Centre and Hilti.  Following the success of MBS' first Career Fair in the Middle East,  the event will remain a key feature of MBS'  Middle East annual event calendar.

MBS Middle East runs for a good cause

An MBS Middle East team of 50 runners competed in the annual Dubai Creek Striders half marathon to mark the 50th anniversary of MBS worldwide. MBS’ “50 for 50” team also raised funds for the School's chosen charity in the region, Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs. Since then, MBS' community in the Middle East actively gives back to the community by raising money for charities and by supporting our partners' give back to the community initiatives such as ACCA's 2016 Blood Donation Drive.

MBS launches Middle East Women in Business Forum

MBS Middle East hosts its first Women in Business breakfast at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah hotel in spring 2015. More than 50 businesswomen and entrepreneurs from across the UAE heard about the unique challenges that women face in their way of building a career in the Middle East. The panel of eminent speakers included Nisreen Shocair - President of Virgin Megastores Middle East; Dr. Nada Jammoul Messaikeh - Associate Vice Provost for Administration at New York University Abu Dhabi; Bhavani Suresh, MBA - CEO of Nbiz infosol; Dareen Khayyat-Zoughbi, MBA - CEO of NADEREEN. The discussion was moderated by Geetu Ahaju, Head of CIMA Middle East.

MBS launches ground-breaking research into Creativity & Innovation in the GCC

To coincide with the Year of Innovation in the United Arab Emirates, MBS Middle East Centre launches what is believed to be the first in-depth research into the drivers and barriers to creativity and innovation in the cultural context of the GCC. The research programme is being led by Dr. Mark Batey, creativity specialist at MBS and one of the world's leading researchers into creativity in the workplace. You can learn more about the research Click Here 

2015 50th Anniversary

MBS 50th anniversary in 2015 was an opportunity to share the celebrations at the annual Middle East Student and Alumni Gala Dinner, where the MBA Programme Director addressed the school’s community on this unique occasion.
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MBS Middle East Director ranked in Forbes Middle East of the " Most Powerful Arab Women"

In recognition of Ms. Bessiso's work in founding and building the MBS Middle East Centre into the largest and fastest growing in the MBS international network, MBS ' Middle East Director is named on Forbes "200 Most Powerful Arab Women". Ms. Bessiso will continue to be recognised by Forbes in their 2015 and 2016 lists of "100 Most Powerful Arab Women".

MBS Middle East presented with Special Recognition Award by ACCA

In March 2014, ACCA receives Special Recognition Award to MBS Middle East in recognition of the School’s outstanding professional development opportunities offered to ACCA-qualified finance professionals in the Middle East. The Award was presented to MBS’ Middle East Director, Randa Bessiso by Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s Chief Executive at a special ceremony held to mark the first visit of ACCA’s Council in the United Arab Emirates. MBS Middle East was the first business school in the Middle East to obtain ACCA’s Registered CPD Provider status in 2010. In 2015 MBS Middle East will cement their relationship with ACCA through signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Middle East Alumni Group

In early 2013, students and alumni of MBS Middle East launched a regional Alumni Group and elect its new chairman and committee. The Group held its inaugural networking evening in Dubai which attrached over 90 alumni and students .
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MBS holds its first Middle East graduation in Dubai

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture Youth & Community Development, MBS held its first Middle East graduation ceremony at Atlantis the Palm Dubai in October 2013 to honour 85 MBA students who graduated from its Middle East Centre. MBS' first graduation ceremony in Dubai was a testament to the success of the Middle East Centre since its opening in 2006. MBS' graduation ceremony in the UAE is an annual event and the only ceremony conducted by the School outside Manchester.
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MBS launches Public Masterclasses series across the Middle East

In the autumn of 2012, MBS introduced a new series of Business Master Classes in the Middle East; these are free and open to the regional business community. Delivered by senior faculty members of Manchester Business School, each Business Master Class is delivered in the form of an intensive two-hour session that takes participants through a detailed examination of a business subject matter and the latest thinking. MBS Middle East delivers a minimum of ten public Business Master Class across the GCC on an annual basis.

2012 DIAC and MBS Partnership

Partnership with DIAC was signed in 2012

MBS Middle East partners with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

In 2011, IMA Middle East and MBS entered into a strategic partneship aimed at the promotion of higher and professional education, research, and professional networking in the Middle East region. MBS Middle East is the first business school to collaborate with IMA in the region and the first centre in the MBS worldwide network to partner with IMA. Today MBS Middle East has successful partnerships with many other leading professional bodies, such as ACCA, CIMA and PMI.

2011 Research with DIAC

Research with DIAC

MBS Middle East marks key enrollment milestone (1000)

Just 4 years after MBS Middle East admitted its first student in 2006, the Centre passes a key enrollment milestone: 1,000 enrolled students across the Middle East.

DIAC and MBS launch GCC-wide Survey on Executive Education

In the autumn of 2010, MBS Middle East embarked on a collaborative study with Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) to evaluate the GCC market for executive education and identify prevalent corporate training practices and perceived skill gaps among the regional workforce. The findings of the research that covered over 500 human resources professionals and senior managers from companies in a range of sectors across the six GCC countries were announced on 28 February 2011, during a seminar held at Dubai Knowledge Park. You can access the report Click here >>

MBS launches the Manchester Innovation Award for Emiratis

In the autumn of 2009 and in partnership with the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, MBS Middle East launched the Manchester Innovation Award, a new initiative for Emirati nationals to stimulate employment and entrepreneurship in the UAE. The competition was a resounding success with around 100 registrations submitted and seven finalists selected and announced at a gala occasion coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week. The winner of the inaugural Award benefitted from an all-expenses study tour to MBS in the UK, a cash award and trophy, as well as ongoing support in the development of the winning business innovation. Enterpreneurism and innovation are the heart of the School and are key themes throughout MBS' Global MBA programme.

Student Gathering

High level networking is one of the major benefits of top ranked MBA programme and MBS creates regular opportunities for students and alumni in the Middle East to come together to meet other third party organisations and experts who can enhance and enrich the MBS experience and also create the opportunity to meet like-minded businesspeople. Close professional and personal relationships are a significant benefit of joining the MBS community and students and alumni across the Middle East can form friendships that last a career.

MBS Induction

Manchester Business School Middle East Centre hosts every new student at the induction workshops for new cohorts, introducing them to MBS and to each other, and building the student teamwork from day one, with the first MBA workshops giving them the first taste of MBA classroom and face to face contact with faculty.

MBS Workshop

Remembering one of the earliest workshops of Manchester Business School – Middle East Centre at the Conference Centre of Dubai Knowledge Village on March of 2008.

DKV Office

The MBS Middle East Centre opened in Dubai in 2006 kicking off with a press conference hosted by TECOM and supported by the British Embassy in Dubai, with the presence of HM Consul General. Since launching in 2006, the Middle East Centre has supported thousands of students and more than 1,000 MBA students have graduated from the region over the last 10 years.

1st Anniversary

Students and staff gathered at the centre in Knowledge Village to celebrate the first anniversary of the Middle East Centre.

MBS opens Middle East regional office in Dubai

With MBS' centres in Singapore and Hong Kong going from strength to strength, Dubai was selected as MBS' third overseas location as the School continued its global expansion. The MBS Middle East Centre was officially launched in 2006 at a press conference hosted by TECOM in the presence of Her Majesty’s Consul General to Dubai and Northern Emirates. Today MBS is the only UK business school with six overseas centres in Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. Manchester MBA students can attend workshops at any location; this gives them the opportunity to build global contacts and explore new ways of doing business.

MBS Middle East welcomes their first students

In the spring of 2006, MBS Middle East welcomed the first intake of its Global Part-time MBA programme. The first Middle East based cohort was comprised of 20 MBA students representing 14 different nationalities. Today MBS Middle East is the School's biggest centre outside the UK with more than 2,000 students of 85 different nationalities studying the Manchester Part-time MBA.


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