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If you’re reading this blog, odds are that you’re already somewhat familiar with Strathclyde Business School (SBS). But how much do you know about Strathclyde’s Dubai campus?

If you’re a student or graduate from the Dubai centre, please give us a shout in the comments below. If not, it’s high time we introduced ourselves. Read on!

SBS launched its Dubai centre in 1995 and has been offering Masters programmes (including the world-class Strathclyde MBA) ever since.  Strathclyde Dubai is one of two SBS part-time centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), four in the Arabian Gulf, and nine in the world outside the UK.

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After signing a partnership agreement with the UAE’s Higher Colleges of Technology in 2004, Strathclyde Dubai moved into the beautiful HCT/CERT campus on the Dubai Women’s College co-ed grounds (pictured below), where it resides today.

Strathclyde was the first European business school to achieve quadruple accreditation in the UAE with full accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, and the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (https://www.caa.ae/caa/DesktopModules/InstPrograms.aspx).

Having accumulated a loyal alumni base over the past 18 years, the SBS Dubai alumni group is quite active, engaging students and graduates alike in regular events that range from casual chill-outs to business networking, intellectual seminars with guest speakers, a formal annual dinner, and practical workshops for continued professional development. On deck for the big 2013 annual alumni gathering is a timely dinner event titled “Branding YOURSELF in the Social Media Age.”

Anchored in the regional business community, Strathclyde Dubai has students and alumni working for most of the leading corporations and government departments in the UAE. Many of these Strathclyders have progressed since joining the MBA to more senior internal positions or have transitioned to exciting roles in local and international organizations, remaining in Dubai or moving further afield. In addition to being connected in Dubai via our students and graduates, Strathclyde’s faculty research, consultancy engagements, and hosted events strengthen our ties to the wider Dubai community.

For instance, Strathclyde Dubai hosted the UAE’s first annual Strathclyde 100 this past year in recognition of the centre’s many successful entrepreneurs. The groundbreaking event was coordinated by the local alumni committee and Strathclyde’s alumni office in Glasgow to provide high-profile support to early-stage enterprises and encourage entrepreneurial activity by Strathclyders as well as the surrounding business community. Other regular events include an annual roundtable entitled “Middle East Marketing Academia Meets Practice” (pictured below), themed panel-driven participative discussions at “Strathclyde Dialogues”, and various workshops, master classes, and evening talks that are open to the community.

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In order to graduate, Dubai Strathclyders must first complete the exact same top-ranked MBA (or Masters programme of choice) as students on the Glasgow-based programmes and other international centres. Although core curriculum and elective courses are taught in person by SBS’s world-travelling professors and lecturers, each with the additional support of Glasgow-approved local counsellors, the faces of certain local staff and faculty at Strathclyde Dubai will come to be quite familiar to Strathclyde Dubai students…

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Strathclyde’s UAE campuses are managed by SBS Global Associate Dean Dr Ron Bradfield (pictured above), who resides in the UAE. To learn more about Ron’s illustrious role with Strathclyde Business School, check out his full bio and read his advice on the value of the MBA in this prior blog post.

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Administration of the Dubai centre is orchestrated by Postgraduate Programme Coordinator Ms. Sheena Mohideen (pictured above), who has held this role for over 7 years. A favorite of students and alumni alike, Sheena liaises with the Glasgow campus, HCT partners, Dubai Strathclyders and the surrounding community to keep the centre well connected with all stakeholders and keep the programmes running smoothly.

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Also calling Strathclyde Dubai home is Dr. Catherine Demangeot (pictured above), Senior Lecturer of Marketing and Strategy, and Chair of Strathclyde’s UAE Roundtables. A Strathclyde Dubai alumna herself, Dr. Demangeot’s own MBA inspired her to transition from a successful career in the publishing industry to consultancy before returning to academia, joining the Strathclyde faculty, and never looking back.

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Another face that can often be found around the Dubai campus on a weekly basis is that of Ms. Debbie Blinder, Strathclyde’s UAE Marketing & Public Relations Manager. A Strathclyder herself, Debbie joined the Strathclyde team this year to promote the university’s visibility in the UAE.

When you enter the Strathclyde Dubai wing, you are likely to be greeted by the wide smile of Mr. Prithibi Limbu, whose friendly directions will guide you down the hall to the appropriate office.   

To learn more about Strathclyde Dubai’s recent events please visit www.strathclydeuae.com, and for more information on the program, visit www.strath.ae or contact Sheena at sheena.strath@hct.ac.ae with any questions or to schedule an informational meeting.