The University of Manchester – Middle East Centre (formerly known as Manchester Business School) opened with its flagship MBA course at Dubai Knowledge Park in 2006. Today, the university has supported over 2,400 part-time students with a regional community of around 2,500 alumni and actively works to create professional networking opportunities to help enrich the wider business community. It is the largest and fastest growing centre in The University of Manchester international network.
Best known as part of the oldest university in the UK and offering a top ranked MBA programme, The University of Manchester – Middle East Centre has since identified key educational and leadership needs in the region through researches, collaborations and consultancies, thus the university is now offering Executive Education courses and industry-led master’s programmes in International Healthcare Leadership and Reliability Engineering and Asset Management. As the university continues to contribute to the growth of the education sector in the Middle East, more courses will be offered.
The university works in a range of collaborations with professional bodies such as CIMA, ACCA, IMA, PMI and CIPD, as well as UK organisations including UKTI, British Business Group and British Centres for Business. In addition, The University of Manchester – Middle East Centre has forged a range of partnerships with public and private sector organisations through its Strategic Talent Partnership programme.
The university has embarked on the region’s first research into creativity and innovation in the GCC, to mark the Middle East Centre’s 10th anniversary in 2016.
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.