The University of Manchester launches the Manchester Management Development Programme for managers in transition
Source: WPR Dubai for The University of Manchester Middle East Centre , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed February 7, 2018 11:39 am

UAE. The University of Manchester Middle East Centre in Dubai is launching the Manchester Management Development Programme (MMDP) for the region. The MMDP is an Executive Education programme that runs on campus in Manchester and has been tailored to working professionals in the Middle East.

The first session of the new three-day programme will run from 13-15 February 2018, led by visiting faculty from the university. MMDP is one of a series of new executive education programmes launched by the university in the Middle East, during 2017 and 2018.
The business world increasingly demands agility, flexibility and collaboration across boundaries and the Manchester Management Development Programme is designed to help talented, ambitious managers make the transition into business leadership, in any industry or country in the region. The three-day programme challenges managers to move beyond their comfort zone and past experience, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to take on new and more senior roles.
The MMDP is specifically designed to support 'managers in transition'. For example, they could be transitioning from a supervisory role in a narrow specialism to general management; or from an operational role to translating and implementing business vision and strategy; it could be a functional role to designing tomorrow's organisation; and it could even be moving from one career to another

For delegates in the region, the Manchester Management Development Programme covers a range of issues that are especially important when doing business in the Middle East. The MMDP concentrates learning across three intensive days, during which candidates will answer the key questions that ambitious managers should ask themselves, and will leave with a clear action plan and the confidence, knowledge and skills to achieve it.

The MMDP starts by introducing the ‘Opportunity to Shine’ (OTS) model which is all about how the manager can apply the MMDP learning to their current workplace position and make an immediate positive impact. Delegates then look at mapping and managing business stakeholders, managing risk and uncertainty, developing an understanding of negotiating, and working within organisational hierarchies.

The programme also covers market and industry forces, cross-cultural and international working, implementing strategic thinking into a strategy, and key components of successful strategies. The final parting question to delegates is what will you do next week? - how to make a real difference when planning their return to work.
Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East at The University of Manchester, comments: “Whether you want to transform the way one person works, inspire a group to think differently or drive change across a whole organisation, our Executive Education programmes have a real impact on individual and business performance, and help drive your business forward. At The University of Manchester, we offer much more than management training courses. We have over 50 years’ experience of working in partnership with our clients to develop unique executive education programmes that inspire leaders, change cultures and transform organisations.”
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre has supported more than 2,200 part-time MBA students based in the region and has graduated more than 1,100 students since opening in Dubai Knowledge Park in 2006, making it the largest and fastest growing centre in the University’s international network. The Middle East Centre has launched a new series of industry-led part-time specialist Masters degrees and Executive Education programmes for working professionals in the Middle East.
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Photo Caption: Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East at The University of Manchester (File photo)

About 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 the MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management, MSc International Healthcare Leadership, and MSc Occupational Medicine. 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.
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.
Issued on behalf of The University of Manchester Middle East Centre by WPR.



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