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Manchester Business School Middle East Director ranked in Forbes Middle East list of the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen’ 2016

Randa Bessiso, Founding Director of Manchester Business School (MBS) Middle East Centre, has been named amongst the Forbes Middle East 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen for 2016. Ms. Bessiso was previously recognised by Forbes in the 2014 and 2015 lists. The MBS Middle East Centre was founded in Dubai in 2006 and is now the largest and fastest growing in the MBS international network and a UK higher education success story for the region.

The Forbes Middle East 2016 recognition is based on Ms. Bessiso’s contribution to business education in the region, after founding and building the MBS Middle East Centre into the largest and fastest growing in the MBS international network. In addition to her role at MBS, she is also Chair of the UAE-UK Business Council’s Higher Education Group.

MBS – part of the University of Manchester – established the Middle East Centre in Dubai in 2006, and today supports more than 2,000 part-time MBA students across the Middle East and an alumni community of over 2,000 graduates.

Randa Bessiso, a Lebanese national of Palestinian origin, has overseen the development of the MBS Middle East Centre and the launch of a range of products, services and initiatives including the Manchester Innovation Award for Emiratis and the introduction of Corporate Education programmes. Most recently,
MBS Middle East Centre launched an original research programme into Creativity and Innovation in the GCC.

Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East, Manchester Business School, comments: “I am very pleased to be recognised for the third time by Forbes Middle East in the list of Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen, alongside these remarkable, talented and successful Arab women. It is also a reward for the commitment and support of the entire team at the Middle East Centre and all our partners in the region. Our success over the last 10 years is now leading to the development of the Middle East Centre into a broader platform for the University of Manchester, creating even broader access to higher education opportunities for more people across the region. It’s an exciting new development for the Middle East.”

Manchester Business School (MBS) is the UK’s first and largest campus-based business and management school and is ranked 38th in the world (Financial Times 2016). MBS has six global centres in the UK, UAE, China, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Middle East Centre opened in 2006 and provides the Manchester Global Part-time MBA programme to qualified and experienced working professionals.

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About Manchester Business School

Manchester Business School (MBS) is the UK’s first and largest campus-based business and management school and is ranked 38th in the world (Financial Times 2016).

It has six global centres in the UK, UAE, China, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore and its prominent alumni include Sir Terry Leahy, former chief executive of Tesco; Sir David Varney, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and Andy Duncan, chief executive of Camelot.

  • MBS programmes include:
  • Full-time MBA and Global part-time MBA
  • Tailored executive business education for clients such as Tesco, BP and JCB
  • Specialist Masters
  • Doctoral (PhD) programme
  • Undergraduate

MBS is also one of the UK’s leading centres for business research – according to the government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

www.mbs.ac.uk

Issued on behalf of MBS Middle East Centre by WPR.

Media contacts:
Jonathan Walsh
WPR, Dubai
Tel: + 971 50 4588610
Email: jon@wprme.com

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