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Centre of excellence

CEO Middle East finds out why the Cass Executive MBA Dubai Programme is one of the most prestigious in the region.

Centre of excellence
Cass MBA Dubai programme is one of the world’s best.
Centre of excellence

CEO Middle East finds out why the Cass Executive MBA Dubai Programme is one of the most prestigious in the region.

Cass Business School is part of City University London. We are recognised as one of Europe's leading business schools, consistently ranked amongst the best in the world and have a truly international perspective. Our reputation comes from 40 years of broad-based research and education that has enabled us to help shape the way today's business world thinks.

Accredited by both AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement Scheme) and consistently ranked amongst the world's elite programmes by the Financial Times, the Cass Executive MBA Dubai programme, delivered in partnership with the DIFC Centre of Excellence, is considered one of the highest-calibre programmes in the region.

Why has Cass launched an MBA programme for the Middle East?

Dubai has experienced exceptional growth in recent years, leading the Middle East in its economic boom. Since launching our Executive MBA in Dubai in 2007, we have seen great interest and a substantial increase in our student cohort. We are committed to building on our service provision for executives in this region.

What are the benefits of a Cass Executive MBA?

The many benefits of the Executive MBA Dubai programme include:

A prime location:The programme is delivered within the DIFC's Centre of Excellence in Dubai which was officially launched in May 2009 by HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed, son of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Our location provides students from the UAE, the region and beyond with the opportunity to pursue their studies near their work, homes and families.

A unique range of electives offered in London and Dubai:The City of London remains the dynamic location for so many global businesses and Cass is best placed to build links with them. Our Dubai students will be able to take advantage of close connections with our London campus where Cass has built strong relationships with financial and global institutions based in and around The City. Dubai students can choose to have direct access and first hand exposure to our City of London networks, by taking electives at our London campus (additional costs for flights and accommodation will be incurred).

Likewise, our London MBA students have the opportunity to pick up electives in Dubai. We recently launched our inaugural Dubai Symposium from May 2009 which gave our London-based executives the opportunity to learn from leading business leaders about the challenges and benefits of doing business in the region. It also provided a perfect opportunity for the 80 London-based students in attendance to network with almost 400 alumni based in Dubai and the surrounding region.

Headlining the guest speaker line-up for the Symposium was Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, chairman, Easygroup, who discussed entrepreneurship in a recession and shared his own career experiences. Other guest speakers included Abdulla Bin Sougat, CEO of DIFC Lifestyle Group, Paul Koster, CFO of the Dubai Financial Services Authority; and Adel Lootah, executive director, Dubai Property Society.

Our strong offering of electives in both our Dubai and London campuses, coupled with the range of international electives, which includes electives delivered in China and South Africa, further strengthens the links between these two hubs and our international MBA community.

A regional focus in Islamic finance or energy:Executives can bring a more specialist focus to their learning through their choice of electives and business mastery project. For example, students can choose the Islamic finance specialism or choose from a broad range of areas in energy, or general management. The range of electives offered on the Islamic finance stream include: Islamic banking and finance; Islamic economics and Islamic law of business transactions. Energy electives include: energy derivatives and risk management; oil and energy economics trading and oil and energy trading logistics. Career development:The main advantage of studying for the Cass Executive MBA Dubai is that executives can apply their learning in a real time working environment whilst addressing work based issues and challenges through class discussions and projects.

This two way integration helps executives to build effective skills and tailor their learning towards their career objectives.

A high calibre cohort:Our Dubai cohorts provide access to a diverse and high calibre business network. Our executives come from an impressive range of companies. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Kuwait Financial Centre, Accenture, SAP, Ernst and Young, HSBC and DIFC have all supported executives on our programme.

And the flexible monthly workshops mean that we attract top flight executives from as far afield as London and New York, as well as from in and around the Middle East.

How is the MBA programme structured and delivered?

The programme runs over approximately two years and is comprised of four blocks of core modules and one block of elective modules. These modules are studied sequentially; one per month. Each core module block is followed by an exam period. The programme then concludes with the Business Mastery Project.

The Cass EMBA is delivered via a number of different learning channels providing considerable scope to combine study, work and personal commitments.

Face-to-face workshops: Executives will be expected to attend monthly workshops (Thursday-Sunday) for each module. The workshops will be delivered by visiting Cass faculty at the DIFC's Centre of Excellence and will involve lectures, group discussions, presentations and activities.

E-learning:To aid study between the regular workshops, executives will have access to a customised virtual learning environment called CassLearn. This includes interactive learning materials, academic support via Q & A and discussion forums, course work submission and tutor feedback, Cass electronic library resources, and student cafe/network for exchanging ideas and sharing experiences. CassLearn is available to all Cass MBA students and creates a three-way interaction between students, academics and our administration teams.

What is the admissions criteria?

To be considered for the Cass EMBA Dubai, candidates are required to have either a good university degree or substantial and relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications as an alternative to a first degree. We recruit a diverse cohort in terms of skills, experience, sectors and nationalities and we are interested in the skills, experience and abilities an individual can bring to the class.

Is there any funding available?

The fees for 2009 are £29,500 ($49,000). Cass is committed to attracting and supporting the best students, regardless of financial status, to gain access to its unique business environment and have a range of Cass studentships available. Successful applicants are also eligible to apply for Sharia-compliant financing.

How can a prospective candidate find out more about the MBA programme?

We strongly advise interested candidates to contact us for an informal discussion on their requirements. They can visit our Dubai office, call or e-mail for an appointment or visit the website: www.cassmba.com

Ehsan Razavizadeh Head of Dubai Representative Office Tel: + 9714 401 9316 or + 9715 070 89778 E-mail: Ehsan.razavizadeh.1@city.ac.uk Address: Level 3, Building 2, The Gate Village, PO Box: 74777, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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WHATAN 11 years ago

Come on people, let's get real here. How many companies run by MBA's do not exist any more and how many companies run by normal people without a string of MBA's, but just common business sense, are still around. This is just a money making racket where the same kind of so-called guru- information gets fed to paying customers( sorry-- paying companies) let's see how many are still around in 6 months