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School of Management marks 25 years of its Executive MBA in Dubai


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The University of Bradford marked 25 years of running its Executive MBA in Dubai by hosting an alumni and corporate partner networking event at the country's British High Commission.

Memorandums of understanding were signed with a number of groups, including Dubai Police.

Founded in 1963, the School of Management is one of the longest established oldest business schools in the UK. The School has received several prestigious awards, most recently being named Business School of the Year 2021 at the Times Higher Education Awards. 

Emirates Airlines first invited the University to Dubai in 1997, to offer its MBA programme to its senior staff. Some 25 years later, the Dubai Executive MBA offer extends to the broader corporate world in the United Arab Emirates and has graduated significant numbers of senior management professionals across many industries. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Congdon, who led the event, said: “As one of the first UK Universities to deliver an MBA in Dubai, the University of Bradford has already made a significant contribution to the socio-economic context of the UAE through developing responsible leaders. 

“Our senior management team and expert professors are working on plans to introduce new programmes to the UAE market, focused on supporting the region’s socio-economic priorities.”

Future programmes will focus on sectors such as artificial intelligence, fin-tech and global logistics, supply chain, and data analytics. 

Professor Zahir Irani talking to guests at event in Dubai

Pictured above: Professor Irani talking to guests at the Dubai event

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Zahir Irani, said: “I am excited to lead our strategic plan for Dubai and look forward to working closely with colleagues in our Dubai hub and local stakeholders in the UAE to extend our high-quality education offer to a broader audience in the country.

“Our Executive MBA is well respected and, indeed, has been undertaken by many who have gone into executive roles. We are currently working with leading corporations in the region to extend the University of Bradford’s corporate social responsibility agenda. 

“The University of Bradford has over 145,000 alumni in 180 countries. We have global reach, and a global outlook, both of which are necessary to meet the challenges of the modern world."

Shahid Baloch, Executive Vice President at Commercial Banking at United Arab Bank, said: "Having completed my MBA in 2001, I recognise the significant value of maintaining professional development and this is my ambition for the alumni here.

"Together with my colleague Dimitri Savvaidis, we have initiated the 'UoB UAE Alumni Group' to provide a forum for networking opportunities, and to provide continued learning and development via a series of events, organised in conjunction with the university."

Other guests attending the event included, governmental institutions, staff from the University of Bradford regional hub in Dubai, and senior staff from the UK.