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DIAC Academic Partner, The University of Manchester inducts 81 new part-time MBA students in the Middle East

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre has inducted its January 2018 cohort of 81 part-time MBA students from across the region. All the new students are experienced working executives – 15% of the new cohort comprises highly qualified business women and professionals. The students began their MBA journey recently with an induction session at the Middle East Centre in Dubai Knowledge Park. The university offers two student intakes per year for the Global Part-time MBA, in January and July.

The January cohort includes students representing nearly 30 nationalities, with around two-thirds of the new students residing in the UAE, and the balance from the wider GCC region, notably Saudi Arabia. The majority of the new students are self-funded and are already in management and leadership roles working in a range of core industries for the regional economies – oil and gas, engineering/services, manufacturing, construction and real estate.

The University of Manchester’s Global Part-time MBA is a two-year programme with options to accelerate study further, with as much face-to-face time with faculty as most full-time programmes. The programme is structured around four practical themes – Management in Practice; Value Creation in Business; Tailoring Your Journey; Professional Skills for Business; and with options to tailor further.

An accelerated study route allows candidates with at least eight years’ senior management experience to join the Global MBA Accelerated – a closed, multinational cohort that travels around the world to complete the programme in 18 months. For candidates with professional accountancy qualifications, there is also an 18-month Accelerated Finance Pathway.

Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East at The University of Manchester, comments: “The MBA continues to be the acknowledged flagship general management qualification and demand in the region remains strong among experienced executives, as shown by the quality and size of our January cohort. Our part-time MBA programme offers more than just demanding academic content, and includes practical workshops with faculty, regular networking with fellow student peers and alumni, and the support of a dedicated careers service.”

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre opened in Dubai, in October 2006. The centre has supported more than 2,200 part-time MBA students across the Middle East, and a regional community of around 2,500 alumni. In addition to the Global Part-time MBA, a new portfolio of short courses is being introduced to the region with the launch of a suite of executive education programmes in 2018, in addition to a new range of industry-led Masters programmes.

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The University of Manchester Middle East Centre
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre at Dubai Knowledge Park opened in 2006 and is the largest and fastest growing in the university’s international network comprising six hubs in the key business cities around the world. The Centre has supported more than 2,200 Manchester Global Part-time MBA students in the region, and graduated more than 1,100 MBA students. The Middle East Centre has recently launched a new portfolio of executive education programmes and is introducing a series of new, industry-led specialist Masters programmes in 2017; the first of these include MSc International Healthcare Leadership, MSc Occupational Medicine, and the MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management. The Centre works in regional collaborations with a range of industry groups, professional bodies and companies, and supports a regional alumni association with more than 2,500 members.

Alliance Manchester Business School
Established in 1965, Alliance MBS is the UK’s largest campus-based business school and has a long tradition of global business education with presence in Manchester, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paulo. Part of the University of Manchester, Alliance MBS is one of few institutions to have achieved triple accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS, and the Financial Times ranks its MBA 30th globally, 10th in Europe and 3rd in the UK.

About The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is currently delivering a £1 billion 10-year masterplan for its campus to create world-class facilities for staff, students and visitors. This includes the redevelopment of the Alliance Manchester Business School, the £350m Manchester Engineering Campus Development and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC). Completed projects so far include the award-winning National Graphene Institute and The Whitworth Art Gallery.

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