The University of Manchester wins 'Best MBA Program' award at the inaugural Forbes Middle East Higher Education Awards
Source: WPR for University of Manchester Middle East Centre , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 10:44 am

 UAE. The University of Manchester was the winner of the 'Best MBA Program' award for its Alliance Manchester Business School Global Part-time MBA at the inaugural Forbes Middle East Higher Education Awards 2019. The presentation took place at a gala occasion hosted at the Taj Dubai hotel on April 24th.

The award was presented to the University's Middle East Centre by Mr. Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai International Academic City; and Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Middle East.
Forbes Middle East brought together representatives from the region's largest and most successful universities, academies and business schools for an exclusive celebration and networking event exploring the higher education sector.

Forbes Middle East awarded the Best MBA Program award to The University of Manchester Middle East Centre team in recognition of the outstanding success of the Manchester Global Part-time MBA programme in the region.

 The University has supported more than 2,500 part-time MBA students – all experienced and highly qualified working professionals - and graduated around 1,500 students, since opening the Middle East Centre in Dubai, in 2006. The Middle East Centre has developed into the largest and fastest-growing centre in the University's international network comprising five hubs in key business cities around the world.
The Best MBA Program award was received on behalf of The University of Manchester by Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East, who also participated in a panel discussion on regional higher education issues, at the awards event.
Speaking about the award, Randa Bessiso said: "The University of Manchester is delighted to receive the Best MBA Program award at the inaugural Forbes Middle East Higher Education Awards. It is great news for our students and alumni, and recognises the tremendous work of the business school leadership team, academics and teaching faculty in designing and delivering the Global Part-time MBA programme, supported by the Middle East Centre here at the regional hub of business and education. The flexible, part-time blended learning format of the programme has proved to be very attractive and includes a significant amount of face to face contact with peers and faculty. Our students are able to learn while continuing to work, and acquire and apply new knowledge and skills quickly in the workplace, as well as build a professional network, with the support of a dedicated careers service."
Xavier Duran, MBA Programmes Director at Alliance Manchester Business School added: "The Manchester MBA has been delivered in the Middle East region for over 12 years and is at the heart of our activity at the University's Middle East Centre in Dubai. I am delighted that the programme has received this important accolade from Forbes Middle East which is a testament to the Manchester Method and our staff, students and alumni in the region."
Alliance Manchester Business School'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 senior managers to complete the programme in 18 months. There is also an 18-month Accelerated Finance Pathway option for candidates with professional accountancy qualifications. Students can also further personalise the MBA programme with a range of electives to suit specific goals and interests.

Photo Caption:  The award being presented to the University's Middle East Centre

About Alliance Manchester Business School
Established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools, we are proud to be part of the prestigious University of Manchester and the UK's largest campus-based business and management school.

With triple accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS, Alliance Manchester Business School provides world-class, industry-focused education to undergraduates, postgraduates and executives across the globe. As a full-service business School, we offer undergraduate, Master's, MBA and Executive Education programmes. We also offer postgraduate research programmes including the PhD and DBA.

Ranked 2nd in the UK for research power, our influential research impacts all areas of business and management – from accounting and health management to big data and human rights. In 2015 we were renamed Alliance Manchester Business School in recognition of Lord Alliance's generous £15 million donation and his long-standing relationship with the University and the Business School.
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 2,500 Manchester Global Part-time MBA students in the region, and graduated around 1,500 MBA students. 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.

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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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