MBA Institutional profiles

14 December 2008

MBA institutes in the Middle East market.

IESE Business School

At IESE, we offer high-quality learning to students and senior executives from around the world. Our programmes are designed and delivered by academics who are recognised for their dedication to teaching and research, and for their close ties to the international business community.

The proof of our success is the 30,000 IESE graduates working in more than 100 countries around the world. They are known for their professional excellence, integrity and broad vision of life. Moreover, IESE is normally ranked among the leading business schools in the world.

IESE is a business school of extraordinary global reach. While many IESE programmes are held on the school’s two international campuses in Barcelona and Madrid, others take place at various locations throughout Europe, as well as Asia, Africa, Latin America and the US.

Key IESE initiatives held at international sites include the Global Executive MBA, where we provide the tools for experienced managers and executives who aspire to grow both professionally and personally.

The programme is designed to suit the needs of busy professionals. A modular structure, offered in two different formats, means you are only away from the office for a limited period of time.

Participants develop cross-cultural business relationships that offer you and your company an extended global network and a unique pool of opportunities worldwide.

IESE’s business education is based upon a people-first focus and spirit of service. Our programme is characterised by a personalised, open-door approach to learning.

College of Business Sciences, Zayed University

The Zayed Executive MBA is a world-class general management programme that prepares experienced managers from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions for senior leadership roles in their organisations.

The collaboration of Clemson University and Oklahoma State University allows the Zayed Executive MBA programme to select experts in their respective fields of study, who bring a depth of knowledge and an emphasis on practical application, both of which are essential to creating a relevant Master’s programme that enhances your career opportunities.

Participants in the Executive MBA programme are high-potential professionals with a minimum of three years’ work experience. The curriculum consists of 12 six-week courses delivered over a 24-month period in a combined on-site and offsite class format.

On-site instruction for each course is conducted in intensive three-day workshops organised to allow you to continue with regular employment while pursuing a graduate education.

The curriculum of the Executive MBA programme is firmly grounded in the functional areas of the business enterprise. Additional courses are designed to introduce managers to developments that significantly impact business, including technological advances, globalisation and the internet economy.

As well as providing a strong balance of theoretical and practical management learning, teaching methods vary from course to course and include a mix of lectures, case studies and group work.

Admission is open to males and females of all nationalities.

Minimum admission requirements include the completion of an undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher from an accredited university, International English Testing System/Test of English as a Foreign Language test results, three years of mid to upper-level management experience, three letters of recommendation, and a face-to-face interview.

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Hasan al-Shalaa is a current student on the Cambridge MBA programme:

“Before joining the Cambridge MBA, I had a successful career as a consultant, advising central banks and regulators on policy decisions,” he says. “When I decided to leave and join the Cambridge MBA, the Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Fellowships Programme was in its first year and I was privileged to be a fellow.

“The programme is a unique regional initiative that targets young people from the 22 Arab countries, offering full scholarships to various Master-level degrees at prestigious universities worldwide.

“The main reason I chose the Cambridge MBA was because of the unique international profile of Judge Business School. I knew I would be part of a truly international community, which would not only help me develop my global outlook on business, but also help my interpersonal skills and cultural awareness. So far, I have been amazed by the depth and breadth of experience of my MBA colleagues.

“Furthermore, the collegiate system of the University of Cambridge is what makes the MBA here a unique and enriching experience. Each MBA is a member of a college, so you are not only mixing with people with a business orientation, but also people from many different disciplines. This adds a new dimension to our MBA learning, and is what makes the Cambridge MBA stand out.

“These are turbulent times, but I feel it is a great time to be studying this intensive MBA. Right now, after each seminar, we gather around the news screens in the business school to see fortunes being made and lost.

“We have had the amazing experience of meeting senior executives from Barclays, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, as part of the Cambridge leadership seminars, and hearing their perspectives on this global crisis.

“We have been given these memorable opportunities because of the profile of Cambridge and its unique MBA programme.”

Cass Business School

Cass Business School (CBS) is one of Europe’s leading providers of business and management education, applying the latest management and financial thinking to a wide range of topics and audiences. Its geographical position at the heart of the City of London allows unrivalled access to the world’s leading firms and individuals.

Businesses and business practitioners not only benefit from CBS’s thought-leading business education programmes, but also contribute to them through a wide variety of advisory groups, lectures and workshops.

CBS’s top-ranked Executive MBA is now delivered in Dubai. Its two-year, part-time Executive MBA is ranked second in the UK and 13th in the world by the Financial Times.

Now, in collaboration with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), CBS is offering access to the very latest business-tested thinking to the Gulf, the Middle East and the surrounding regions.

Aimed at senior business professionals who want to accelerate their career, while remaining in full-time employment, CBS’s Executive MBA programme is designed to fit around most busy working schedules and is therefore structured over one long weekend a month over two years.

You can choose to study CBS’s general Executive MBA in Finance & Management, or have the opportunity to specialise in either Islamic finance or energy. The Islamic finance stream is the first of its kind to be offered by a top-ranked business school.

University of Strathclyde Business School

The University of Strathclyde, true to its mission since 1796 ‘to be a place of useful learning’, was one of the first UK universities to offer the MBA outside the UK. It was also the first UK university to graduate women.

A business school with full international accreditation, USBS offers the MBA in Asia, the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Bahrain), and Europe, and candidates joining the programme are typically in their early 30s.

The programme is taught face-to-face by Strathclyde academics, and is specially designed for the working professional, to be completed through two years of part-time study. During the USBS’s time in the UAE, more than 350 people, from 39 nationalities, have graduated.

USBS has been in the region for 15 years. The introduction of two new MBAs this year is further evidence of our long-term commitment to the region.

USBS is the first UK university with full international accreditation to be accredited by the UAE. Recent Financial Times rankings put the school first in Scotland and 30th in the world.

The programme is structured to allow students to select elective courses that are aligned to their career aspirations, either at the centres across the Gulf, Asia, Europe, or back in Glasgow.

More recently, we find students extending their knowledge base by taking electives within a discipline, as well as others who tend to select units including leadership, venture capital, and management consulting.

Manchester Business School Worldwide

Manchester Business School, ranked 22nd in the world by the Financial Times in 2008, has triple MBA accreditation (Association of MBAs, European Quality Improvement System, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and offers world-class MBA programmes to working professionals.

MBS Worldwide in Dubai offers specialist MBA programmes for Engineering Business Managers, Financial Managers & Finance Professionals, and the unique MBA for Construction Executives.

The regional centre at Dubai Knowledge Village supports almost 400 students, and guarantees at least 250 hours of face-to-face workshops, which are all hosted in Dubai.

MBS awards the same degree to all of its full-time and part-time students, and the Manchester MBA is recognised by employers worldwide as a hallmark qualification.

London Business School

London Business School’s Dubai-London Executive MBA gives participants a breadth of knowledge across every discipline of business and management.

It is designed for mid-career professionals, managers and entrepreneurs, who have the potential to integrate a rigorous and thorough management education with the demands of a full-time job.

The dual-campus programme allows participants to gain a world-class business education without interrupting their careers.


As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, Insead brings together people, cultures and ideas from round the world to change lives and transform organisations.

We are the only leading business school with two equal-status, fully equipped campuses in Europe and Asia, complemented by our more recent locations in the Middle East and North America, through our Insead/Wharton alliance.

In one intense, stimulating year, our diverse MBA participants challenge their thinking, change their outlook and choose their future.
No other business school offers such a multi-cultural experience.

In 2007, more than 70 per cent of participants studied on both our Europe and Asia campuses and/or exchanged with the Wharton School.

The one-year curriculum comprises 13 required core courses and a minimum of 10.5 electives. All courses are taught from a unique international perspective. The curriculum itself is flexible enough to allow students to tailor the MBA to their career objectives, both in terms of location and subject matter, for all or part of their elective periods.

Our Executive Education & Research Centre in Abu Dhabi offers open enrolment and customised executive education for leading companies across the region.

In addition, groups of Insead MBA and EMBA students are now regularly visiting the centre for short-term modules related to business in the Middle East.

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