Dubai, UAE: Executives from the Telecoms, Media and Technology (TMT) sector represent 20 per cent of London Business School’s 2014-15 Executive MBA programme, the school’s highest ever intake from the sector.
Students from the TMT sector make up the third largest group after the traditional leaders finance and investment (23 per cent) and energy engineering (25 per cent). Since opening at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) seven years ago, London Business School’s Dubai Centre has grown from an initial cohort of just 76 students, to more than 219 students.
Alumnus Imran Changezi, General Manager of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, officially welcomed the new students at an event in Dubai. Mr Changezi said:
“Studying at London Business School provided invaluable opportunities for my learning as well as career enhancement and progression.
“The Executive MBA programme challenged me to think differently as a leader, applying the theory I learnt from my academic tutors as well as from the real life experiences of my peers to actual work situations in my professional life. I learned new skills and developed a structured thought process which, along with the knowledge I accumulated, propelled my career forward. Most importantly, I left with new relationships in the business world that will stay with me for life.”
The intensive 18-month programme of study will see the students balancing full-time jobs at the same time as studying, giving them the opportunity to apply their learning immediately in the workplace.
Dina Dommett, Academic President at London Business School Dubai Centre, said:
“We welcome another contingent of exceptional MBA students to the School this year, with a notable increase in candidates from the media and technology sphere.
Students have shown demonstrable success in areas as diverse as viral marketing andprime-time TV production, a reflection of this market’s growing sophistication and advancement in the media sector.
“54 per cent of this year’s class will be commuting from outside the UAE, including other neighbouring GCC countries, Africa, Asia and Europe, highlighting the growing global appeal of our programme with 22 different nationalities on board.”
The new intake boasts more senior executives than ever before.The average length of professional experience for the new class is 12 years, with 85 per cent having between 10 and 20 years’ experience. Many of the students are currently working at General Manager, Managing Director, CEO, Chairman and CFO level positions.
Students will take modules every three to four weeks at the Dubai International Financial Centre before going on to take electives in both Dubai and London in year two. The students’ second year of study will also see them complete an international assignment before finishing the course with two modules alongside their London-based colleagues.
The Executive MBA (EMBA) programme is taught exclusively by London Business School’s own faculty. The programme gives students who have a strong, proven ability in business management, a thorough grounding in the key areas of business. EMBAs can also specialise in their chosen fields through the School’s diverse elective portfolio.
London Business School’s Dubai Centre has produced more than 519 graduates since opening in 2007.Many of them have gone on to lead the region’s top performing and most highly regarded companies.
© Press Release 2014