London Business School Joins The DIFC: School Launches Operations in DUBAI

Offering one of the world’s leading Executive MBA programmes

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and London Business School (LBS) are delighted to announce the launch of London Business School operations in Dubai at the DIFC. These will include a Dubai-London Executive MBA programme – the first time the School has set up its own branded programme overseas – and Executive Education programmes. The courses will be run from the DIFC.

The dual campus EMBA will be the first degree programme available in the Middle East jointly offered by a world-class business school and world-class international financial centre. This new 16-month dual campus EMBA programme will be taught by London Business School faculty and lead to the MBA degree. Teaching, which begins in September 2007, will be comprised of classes in Dubai during the first year, with options to take the electives to follow at London Business School’s Regent’s Park campus. The programme will offer managers or professionals with relevant experience a chance to experience the advantages of learning in the global hub of London, as well as the thriving economic and creative centre of Dubai.

London Business School will also offer to experienced executives a portfolio of Executive Education programmes that will kick-off with two programme offerings in the first half of 2007. Successful completion of these two courses can be counted towards the elective credits of the EMBA programme for admitted participants.

“The Dubai-London Executive MBA programme offered by London Business School at DIFC is a significant addition to the region in general and U.A.E. in particular,” said His Excellency Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC. The investment being made in the region in creating an innovative knowledge-based economy has already borne significant fruit. This new programme, combined with the executive education offerings, will provide access to world-class business education from a leading business school, which is one of the keys to achieving the region’s full potential.”

London Business School Dean, Laura Tyson, sees the programmes as an exciting development in a key region: “The programmes are a response to a growing demand for world-class business education in the area, and are indicative of the School’s interest and increasing activities in the region. The strategic location of Dubai and DIFC with its access to the Middle East, India and Africa, has been chosen to complement the other

international programmes run by the School. These include a dual EMBA with Columbia Business School in New York – the EMBA-Global – and a partnership with Hong Kong University.”

The Chairman of London Business School’s Governing Body, Sir John Ritblat comments: “On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to congratulate the teams in both London and Dubai who have driven this initiative to its successful launch. This is a further step towards our Vision of global pre-eminence.”

London Business School Deputy Dean of Programmes, Professor Zeger Degraeve said of the new programmes: “Our Dubai operations launch is another way in which London Business School is extending its global outreach, providing students and participants with a truly international business education, and achieving its Vision of becoming the pre-eminent global business school. In addition, studying in both locations with the Dubai-London EMBA provides the students with global business capabilities and helps to develop global professional networks that will empower managers in all stages of their careers.”

Saeb Eigner, Governor of London Business School and author of the business best seller Sand to Silicon says that “this is the fruition of many months of hard work instigated by the support, leadership and vision of Dubai Ruler HH Sheikh Mohamed greatly assisted by the Chairman of the Executive Office H.E. Mohammad Al Gergawi.  The School is fortunate to have been supported by the insightful experience of many individuals in Dubai who are leading its rapid transformation into a global player. By operating at the DIFC, the School will be better able to offer its services to its clients and to meet the existing and growing need for business education in the region for nationals and expatriates alike.”

The School is recruiting a director to lead the implementation of the programmes in Dubai. The director will report to Professor Degraeve, who will serve as the faculty leader for the School’s Dubai operations. For further information about the School or the programmes, please visit www.london.edu/dubai-london. To speak to Professor Degraeve, please contact the press office.

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