The University of Manchester has held its eighth graduation celebration for Middle East students who recently graduated from the University’s part-time Master’s programmes. The graduation celebration, held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, was attended by 72 graduating students (of 26 nationalities) and their families and friends. Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General – Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) was the guest of honour and addressed the new graduates. Professor Fiona Devine CBE, Dean of Alliance Manchester Business School, led the celebration and gave the keynote address on behalf of the University, noting the Middle East Centre’s 15th anniversary in 2021.
The Middle East Centre has graduated a total of 320 part-time Master’s students in 2020-21, since the start of the pandemic. Of the 72 new Master’s graduates attending the Dubai celebration, the vast majority graduated with Merit or Distinction; more than 50% reside in the UAE; around one-third of these new graduates are female.
Middle East Centre returns to first in-person graduation celebration since the pandemic
The University of Manchester opened its Middle East Centre at Dubai Knowledge Park in 2006 and, today, it is the largest and fastest-growing of the University’s network of five centres around the world. The Middle East Centre has supported almost 3,000 part-time students in the region and graduated close to 2,000.
Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East, The University of Manchester, commented: “The Middle East Centre was delighted to host the University of Manchester graduation celebration for students from the region at our first in-person graduation event for two years. Their achievement is even more impressive as they completed their programmes in the face of the global pandemic, which severely disrupted lives and work, and education. Students from the Middle East are top performers across the University’s international network and this is reflected again this year with the vast majority graduating with distinction or merit.
“As we celebrate our 15th anniversary in Dubai, it is gratifying to see students graduate from across our growing portfolio of world-class master’s programmes for working professionals. Graduation is one of the highlights of the academic year and on behalf of the team, I would like to thank all our supporters, partners, students and alumni for making this possible.”
The Middle East Centre has graduated a total of 320 part-time Master’s students in 2020-21, since the start of the pandemic
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre provides access to a dynamic portfolio of part-time master’s programmes for working professionals, including the flagship Global Part-time MBA, Kelley-Manchester Global MBA, and specialist master’s programmes in Educational Leadership, Real Estate, and a new MSc Financial Management, which started in September 2021.
The Middle East has developed into the largest and fastest-growing centre in the University’s international network comprising five hubs in key business cities around the world. It is also the most diverse, with students of over 100 nationalities. The Middle East Centre has supported almost 3,000 part-time MBA students based in the region and graduated more than 1,900 MBA students since opening in 2006.