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Randa Bessiso

UAE, DUBAI - Health & Education

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Director Middle East, Manchester Business School (MBS)

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Randa Bessiso was instrumental in planning and establishing the Middle East Centre, which opened in the Dubai Knowledge Village in 2006. She has spent much of her career working on market entry strategies, company start-ups, and channel development programs, building profitable regional businesses and brands. Prior to joining MBS in 2005, she was International Business Manager for UK eUniversities Worldwide, a British government-backed online education initiative.

What is the profile of the students following the highly popular MBA program of the Manchester Business School (MBS)? MBS opened the Middle East Centre in Dubai Knowledge Village in […]

What is the profile of the students following the highly popular MBA program of the Manchester Business School (MBS)?

MBS opened the Middle East Centre in Dubai Knowledge Village in 2006 and was the first top-ranked school to open a physical presence in the region, offering the MBA, the world’s most popular business qualification and a pre-requisite for a serious career in international business for many companies. Since we opened our Middle East Centre in Dubai, we have supported over 1,600 MBA students from 85 nationalities. They study for the highly applied graduate, post-experience degree, and the part-time Manchester Global MBA program. The quality of our MBA students is a key feature of the region and around 10% of our students are already educated to the Master’s level and 30% are already in c-level roles. Our students are highly committed working professionals who want to progress in their careers, or perhaps compete internationally. We have also seen many students use the MBA program to develop their entrepreneurial skills and launch their own businesses. In addition to current students, we have an alumni community in the Middle East comprising of around 2,000 graduates of our full-time and part-time MBA programs, making for a vibrant professional network. Our new Global Executive MBA program, launched in July 2014, is a more personalized program designed for the most senior executives, who will join the MBS international alumni community of more than 50,000 working professionals.

What is Dubai doing in order to cement its status as an educational hub?

Dubai has taken many positive steps already to attract and support top-quality education providers. When we wanted to set up our Middle East Centre in 2006, Dubai was the natural choice because of the strength of its “three Ts:” trade, tourism, and transportation. Dubai is very business-friendly and attracts top corporates and business service providers, as well as educated working professionals. Dubai International Academic City is the world’s first purpose-built facility for education providers, and now hosts more than 20 international branches of universities, the largest concentration anywhere in the world. As a partner of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge City, this relationship has played a major role in our success and has led to the Middle East Centre becoming the largest and fastest growing center in the MBS international network, even larger than Shanghai and Manchester. There is an appetite and need for quality education providers in Dubai. MBS was the first top-ranked business school to set up here, and received considerable support from Dubai and this support continues; Dubai is not taking its regional hub status for granted and it continues to involve its education partners and reinforce its regional hub status. Our students find everything they need here, from the world-class education that we provide, to high-quality infrastructure, transportation, and air connections. The creation of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, which works closely with the education cluster, provides the reassurance that only quality education providers will operate here and receive support in the UAE. MBS has triple MBA accreditation and is often cited as a prime example of a successful, high-quality international education provider operating regionally from Dubai, and we are proud to be held up as an example of what is possible. This has also led us to include Dubai as one of the four international host centers of MBS for students on our new Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) program, launched in July 2014.

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