Career & Alumni Services

Careers and Alumni support at the University of Manchester Middle East Centre

Our dedicated careers and alumni team will help you to develop your personal and professional skills, increase your visibility with potential employers and provide the tools to improve your overall employability and to develop and execute your career plans.

Hiba Abbassi

Hiba Abbassi
Manager, Careers & Alumni Relations 2m 20svia Type a message

Hiba Abbassi is an advisor, career coach and alumni relations professional with more than 18 years of experience, mostly in the healthcare and higher education sectors. She joined the university’s Middle East Centre in 2010, where she focuses on student, alumni and corporate engagement to help build, develop and sustain positive relationships among its more than 2,500 members. Hiba is a skilled talent development professional focusing on maximizing performance within individuals, groups, and organizations. She has also designed, developed and delivered training programmes on Career Planning & Communication, Personal Brand, Team Building, NLP Coaching and Emotional Intelligence. Hiba is an alumnus of the American University of Beirut and is certified in coaching/mentoring, Emotional Intelligence and Neuro Linguistic Programming. She has lived and worked in the US, Leb anon and Dubai.


Upcoming Career and Alumni Events (2019) – stay tuned for exact dates and location details. Below events are mostly face to face in different cities around the MENA region.

Digital Talk with EmaarJanuary 2019Dubai, UAE
UAEpreneurs Investor DayJanuary 2019Dubai, UAE
Building Resilience TalkJanuary 2019Dubai, UAE
Career Development Boot campFebruary 2, 2019 (full day event)Dubai, UAE
Career Development TalksFebruary 9, 2019 (full day event)Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Students and Alumni Networking GatheringFebruary 2019Dubai, UAE
Students and Alumni Networking GatheringFebruary 2019Mumbai, India
Career Talks GCCFebruary 2019Qatar and Kuwait
Networking Skills –TalkMarch 2019Dubai, UAE
Annual Career Networking Event Prep WorkshopMarch 2019Dubai, UAE
Annual Career Networking Event 2019March 25, 2019Dubai, UAE
Remaining Relevant in Your Career - WorkshopApril 2019Dubai, UAE
Finding your career path – WorkshopApril 2019Dubai, UAE
Students and Alumni Networking GatheringApril 2019Dubai, UAE
Annual Students and Alumni Suhoor GatheringMay 15, 2019Dubai, UAE

Previous Career and Alumni Events (2017)

Employment Trends WorkshopFebruary 2018Dubai, UAE
Webinar on Networking SkillsFebruary 2018online
Series of Career WorkshopsFebruary 2018Oman, Kuwait, Qatar
Annual Career Fair 2018March 2018Dubai, UAE
Block-chain EventMarch 2018Dubai, UAE
Global Accelerated Students EventApril 2018Dubai, UAE
Economic Outlook Session in RiyadhApril 22, 2018Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Webinar on Career ProgressionMay 2, 2018Dubai, UAE
Annual Students and Alumni Suhoor Gathering 2018June 2, 2018Dubai, UAE
Manchester Day CelebrationJune 30, 2018Dubai, UAE
Value Proposition WorkshopJuly 21, 2018Dubai, UAE
Career Planning WorkshopAugust 11, 2018Dubai, UAE
Salary Negotiations TalkSeptember 22, 2018Dubai, UAE
Annual Students and Alumni Gala DinnerSeptember 27, 2018Dubai, UAE
Annual Women in Business Forum 2018October 2, 2018Dubai, UAE
Emotional Intelligence Workshop – Guest SpeakerNovember 6, 2018Dubai, UAE
One on One Career Sessions in Saudi ArabiaNovember 18-22Khobar, Jeddah, Riyadh
Students and Alumni GatheringDecember 1, 2018Doha, Qatar
Students and Alumni GatheringDecember 2, 2018Dubai, UAE
Holiday Networking GatheringDecember 18, 2018Dubai, UAE