The University of Manchester, Middle East Centre
21st November 2019
The University of Manchester held its seventh MBA graduation ceremony in the Middle East
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre is the gateway to the region for the University’s academic programmes, building on the success of Alliance Manchester Business School, which was the first of the university’s schools to offer programmes in the region.
The University reached its highest-ever position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, which now lists Manchester as the world’s 27th best university, and among the very top global institutions. In addition to the global ranking, QS university league tables also position the University at 6th in the UK and 8th in Europe, and part of the elite group of research-driven institutions.
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre (formerly known as Manchester Business School) opened with its flagship MBA course at Dubai Knowledge Park in 2006. Today, the Middle East Centre has supported over 2,600 and graduated over 1,700 students, with a regional community of around 2,500 alumni and actively works to create professional networking opportunities to help enrich the wider business community. It is the largest and fastest growing centre in The University of Manchester international network, with the most diverse community of students and alumni.
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre was the winner of the ‘Best MBA Program’ award for its Alliance Manchester Business School Global Part-time MBA at the inaugural Forbes Middle East Higher Education Awards 2019.
The University was awarded a 5-star overall rating in the Knowledge & Human Development Authority’s new classification of higher education institutions in Dubai.
The Middle East Centre in Dubai enjoys all the benefits of a strategic location at the hub of the region in this unique city and emirate, providing the attractive convenience of workshops in Dubai, and with the support of a dedicated team of student support advisors, programme counsellors, careers services and administrators.
In the Middle East, the University has managed a flexible portfolio of learning programmes to complement and supplement the part-time MBA. The programme portfolio is reviewed regularly and the university is committed to creating access to world-class blended learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of working professionals.
Social responsibility is one of the University’s three pillars (along with teaching and research). The Middle East Centre supports the wider community in Dubai with its links to SOS Children’s Villages and Dubai Cares. The University’s Middle East Centre also creates public access to learning and networking opportunities through the guest speaker series offering free public seminars led by visiting faculty, in partnership with host venues across the region.
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre is pleased to host its 7th graduation in 2019. This year’s graduation has taken a new and different form and will be presented as a celebration for all the Middle East graduates, their families and friends. This year 180 MBA students from the Middle East Centre graduated, representing 39 nationalities among the 100 nationalities of our student & alumni community and living in 13 countries across the region. Of this graduating cohort, over 85% students have graduated either with a Distinction or Merit, supporting our consistent view that the quality of our students is truly exceptional. Around 20% of the graduating group is female and, even within a high performing cohort, our female students stand out as top achievers.
Graduation is a moment of celebration and the start of a new phase of graduates’ career and life - and a new relationship with the Middle East Centre team and The University of Manchester, as valued alumni.