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“Road and Belt” initiative an opportunity for business school

THE twin cities of Shanghai and Dubai, which joined hands in 2000, have now matured as regional economic centers, while China’s “One Road, One Belt” initiatives opening new opportunities for business cooperation.

The initiative was put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 to boost economic link between China and regions including the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, Oceania and North Africa.

High quality business talent with an international mindset will be in hot pursuit whether it’s for local development or business exchanges.

Manchester Business School, with its largest international centers in the two cities, is committed to enhancing local talent pool and encourages wider international interaction.

“There is always interesting interactions when you put students with various internationals, backgrounds, and ages together,” said Randa Bessiso, Middle East Center Director of MBS. “What students have in common is their desire to learn new things and improve themselves in our program.”

She said more Global MBA students in Dubai are setting up their own businesses after graduating from MBS, which could also be true in Shanghai as the government continues to encourage innovation.

MBS now runs a 2.5-year Global (Part-time) MBA Program in seven international centers in Singapore, Dubai, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, Miami, and its main campus in the University of Manchester.

The program is ranked the 5th in UK and 35th globally in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2015, and is among the world’s 1 percent business schools that have been all three international accreditations — AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.

Manchester Business School China Center has more than 1,000 Global MBA students since its establishment in Shanghai in 2008 of which about 30 percent are international students. And Middle East Center, founded in 2006 now has nearly 2,000 students.

MBS is offering opportunities for students to study in various destinations during the two year and a half Program across the globe.

“The essence of an MBA is about training international business leaders, and within our Global MBA, students can actually build their international experience and cultural awareness,” said Sherry Fu, China Center Director of Manchester Business School. “With all courses and all presentations required to be delivered in English, students polish their confidence in public speech and business negotiations.”

About 70 percent of our students will transfer their career to a higher level or be internally promoted within two years after graduation, Sherry added.

Looking into the future, MBS  aims to offer a variety of tailored courses that match local needs in its international centers to complement its globally-consistent MBA program.

With Dubai set to host the World Expo in 2020, the business and tourist link is expected to enhance between the two cities.

Finance, trade and tourism-related courses are expected to be in hot demand in both Dubai and Shanghai.


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