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Manchester Business School continues to attract high quality MBA students in Middle East

Ms. Randa Bessiso

Ms. Randa Bessiso, Director Middle East at Manchester Business School.

Manchester Business School (MBS) Middle East Centre at Dubai Knowledge Village, has enrolled more than 90 new part time MBA students in the July 2013 intake. More than half of the new students – all working professionals – are resident in the UAE with the majority of the balance residing in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

13% of the new students are women and 10% are already educated to Master’s degree level.

In 2013, MBS will be unveiling innovations within its part time Global MBA programme, which has attracted more than 1400 students in the region, as well as plans for the School’s first MBA graduation ceremony in the Middle East, scheduled for Dubai in October 2013.

The Middle East student base has now grown to more than 1,400 part time MBA students and is the largest student cohort in the international network of Manchester Business School. The MBS Middle East Alumni Group was recently launched to serve a growing community of around 1400 alumni in the region.

All the MBS students are experienced working professionals joining one of four part time MBA programmes and meeting the consistently high entry criteria, including a good first degree and a minimum of three years’ managerial experience. Many of the MBA students are employed by the world’s leading multinational companies, as well as local and regional companies, and are active in a wide range of sectors – public and private – from government to consulting and marketing.

According to Manchester Business School’s MBA Programme Director, Professor Elaine Ferneley, MBS is continuing to innovate elements of its successful part time Global MBA programme to keep it relevant and at the forefront of business practice. New elective courses modules are being introduced, as well as new study formats for students across the School’s international network.

“As a transnational education provider, Manchester Business School has always sought to provide very high standards of business education delivered in flexible formats to meet the needs of professionals looking to advance their careers through full time or part time study, anywhere in the world; so, we are constantly looking to improve our programme delivery and content,” said Professor Ferneley.

“We will be introducing some new options for the 2014 MBA students including cutting edge elective modules such as ‘Sustainable Business’ and ‘Venture Capital and Private Equity’. Our part time MBA students continue to have a very high proportion of face to face contact time with MBS faculty and peers and we are also looking at ways of enhancing the blended learning delivery approach to help optimise the schedules of the thousands of busy working professionals who are studying with us, worldwide,” he added.

MBS students in the Middle East have the option of attending MBA workshops in Dubai or any of the other centres in the MBS international network – Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Miami, or the campus in Manchester. Dubai is proving to be attractive to students from other MBS centres, with around 600 students expected to attend the next Dubai MBA workshops in September 2013.

Ms. Randa Bessiso, Director Middle East at Manchester Business School, added, “Business education is beginning to flourish in the region, with some of the world’s top schools operating here now. We are delighted that we are continuing to attract such high quality professionals to our Global MBA programme, which continues to evolve to offer students even more flexibility, cutting edge content and value. Our students and alumni are now actively coming together as a real MBS community, thanks to the networking activities of the Alumni Group, and the culmination of all this effort will be MBS’ first MBA graduation ceremony in the Middle East, which we are now planning in Dubai.”

The Middle East Centre is the largest in the School’s international network of six international executive centres outside the UK and offers four pathways on the Global MBA programme – Global MBA (General), Engineering learning pathway, Finance learning pathway and the Project Management pathway.

MBS was ranked 29th in the world in the Financial Times MBA ranking for 2013, published in January 2013.

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