The University of Manchester Middle East Director ranked by Forbes Middle East among the '100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen' 2017
Source: WPR for The University of Manchester Middle East Centre , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed August 9, 2017 1:25 pm

UAE.  Randa Bessiso, Founding Director of The University of Manchester Middle East Centre, has been named amongst the Forbes Middle East 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen for 2017. Ms. Bessiso was previously recognised by Forbes in the 2014-15-16 lists.

Originally established in 2006 to support Alliance Manchester Business School, the Middle East Centre has now grown to represent the entire University and its academic programmes and activities in the region. It is now the largest and fastest growing of the University’s international Centres.

The inclusion in the Forbes Middle East 2017 list is in recognition of Ms. Bessiso’s contribution to business education and higher education in the region; she is also Chair of the UAE-UK Business Council’s Higher Education Group.

Professor Fiona Devine, Dean of Alliance Manchester Business School said: “Congratulations to Randa; we are delighted that Forbes continues to recognise her outstanding commitment to corporate education in the region. This is testament to her insight and understanding of a fast-growing and complex market. We look forward to continuing to innovate and develop our portfolio in region, as the Centre grows from strength-to-strength as part of The University of Manchester.”

Over the last 10 years, the Middle East Centre in Dubai has supported more than 2,200 part-time Global MBA students across the Middle East and a regional alumni community of over 2,500 graduates.

More than 1,000 MBA students from the region have graduated since 2006, many of them at the Middle East MBA Graduation Ceremony hosted in Dubai - the only graduation ceremony held by the University outside the UK.

Randa Bessiso, a Lebanese national of Palestinian origin, has overseen the development of the Middle East Centre and new products, services and initiatives including the Manchester Innovation Award for Emiratis.

Most recently, Alliance Manchester Business School launched an original research programme into Creativity and Innovation in the GCC, a series of new industry-led specialist Masters degrees, and a range of shorter executive education programmes.
Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director, The University of Manchester, comments: “My congratulations to Forbes Middle East for the excellent work in highlighting the achievements of talented and successful Arab businesswomen, and in helping to create inspirational role models for all Arab women.

The expansion of The University of Manchester’s presence and commitment to the region is a result of the success of the Middle East Centre in Dubai. We enjoy the support of many people and organisations, from students and alumni to corporate partners in a range of amazing collaborations, the British community and of course our hosts in Dubai. Our expansion will help us create even more higher education opportunities across the region, which is an exciting prospect just 10 years after launching the centre.”

Photo Caption: Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director, The University of Manchester

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 2200 Manchester Global Part-time MBA students in the region, and graduated more than 1,000 MBA students.

The Middle East Centre has recently launched a new portfolio of executive education programmes and is introducing a series of new, industry-led specialist Masters programmes in 2017; the first of these include MSc International Healthcare Leadership, MSc Occupational Medicine, and the MSc Reliability Engineering and Asset Management. 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.
Alliance Manchester Business School
Established in 1965, Alliance MBS is the UK’s largest campus-based business school and has a long tradition of global business education with presence in Manchester, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paulo.

Part of the University of Manchester, Alliance MBS is one of few institutions to have achieved triple accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS, and the Financial Times ranks its MBA 30th globally, 10th in Europe and 3rd in the UK.

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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