Overwhelming Response to Inaugural London Business School



Executive MBA Programme at the DIFC

London Business School and The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) have received an overwhelming response to the inaugural London Business School Dubai-London Executive MBA (EMBA) programme, which begins in September at the DIFC and is offered to executives across the region.

Following the completion of first-year classes in Dubai, students will continue their 16-month programme with electives at London Business School’s Regent Park campus in London. The courses will be taught entirely by faculty from the main campus in London, flying in for the monthly four-day modules. Students will receive a London Business School MBA degree.

Following a new student orientation day held on July 24th in Dubai, London Business School and the DIFC announced that a final class of 78 students has been selected. This follows more than 3,000 inquiries regarding the programme and the submission of over 450 formal applications.

Participants in this first-of-its-kind programme include Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Managing Partners. The student body, which includes 30 nationalities, is 15 per cent female. More than 70 per cent of the accepted students are based in the UAE.

His Excellency Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC, said: “Education, including continuing education programmes such as the EMBA, is a cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant regional economy. It is this belief that drives our efforts to make the DIFC not only a centre for the international financial services industry, but also a focal point for education and knowledge attainment. Innovation and economic growth occur through the work of a highly educated population, and we believe programmes such as London Business School’s Dubai-London EMBA will foster precisely such achievement.”

Professor Zeger Degraeve, London Business School’s Faculty Director, Dubai, said: “We are delighted with the initial success of our innovative EMBA based at the prestigious and convenient DIFC location. We are proud to have attracted the same high calibre of candidates in Dubai as in London and are pleased to offer students a chance to experience the advantages of learning in a global hub like London, as well as a growing economic and creative centre like Dubai. London Business School is committed to the region and we look forward to developing our presence further in order to serve students and clients throughout the Middle East.”

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