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The inaugural Forbes Middle East Higher Education Awards saw leading universities in UAE taking centre stage among many categories.

Heriot Watt University’s Dubai campus has been crowned ‘Best University’ in the Middle East, with Vice Principal Bryn Jones commenting: “Winning is a validation of the hard work and talent of my colleagues and of our long running reputation for offering high quality British education in Dubai.” 

Meanwhile, Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has been awarded the ‘International Collaboration of the Year’ accolade. CUD President and Vice Chancellor Professor Karim Chelli, remarked, “Being recognised by Forbes for our international collaborations is a fantastic achievement for all concerned at CUD. It confirms our strong commitment to a global education portfolio that is unique and relevant to the needs of our community and wider society.” CUD now has more than 25 international educational partnerships, allowing students to complete their degrees overseas or experience a period of international study on another continent.

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi took home the ‘Best University in Humanities’ award, with Executive Director Professor Eric Fouache saying, “It is a great honour and a testament to the hard work of our faculty, students, and the tremendous support we receive from the wider community.”

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre also received the ‘Best MBA’ award in recognition of the outstanding success of the Manchester Global Part-time MBA in the region.

Finally, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Dubai Campus, was presented with the ‘Outstanding Support for Students’ award. MAHE Dubai is the offshore campus of MAHE, India – the best ‘Private Indian University’ as per the QS World Rankings 2019. Over 4,000 students have graduated from MAHE Dubai campus since its inception in 2001.

The Forbes Middle East Higher Education Awards recognise and celebrate the region’s best higher education bodies based on votes from students, teachers, and the businesses that work with them.