Celebrating 10 years in DubaiBy Sir Andrew Likierman
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of our Dubai campus. We launched our first campus outside London because we believed in the future of the region and wanted to play our part to help, because of Dubai’s position as a leading financial centre and because of the excellence of its links for those flying in. But unlike New York (and later Hong Kong and Shanghai) there was no obvious partner institution there. The decision to run an Executive MBA programme was seen as the best way to meet the needs of the region and since then the programme has gone from strength to strength, with participants flying from countries as diverse as India and Russia.
A big part of our story in Dubai has been our strong alumni network. Early on they formed the Gulf Association to provide opportunities for alumni to interact and network in the region and to strengthen their links to the School. The group now has over 1,400 members, chapters in six cities and runs an increasing number of high profile events.
As well as the Executive MBA, we have worked with leading companies in the region, delivering executive education programmes to major clients in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman. We are looking forward to doing more.
Our aim is for the London Business School Dubai Centre to not only to be part of our vision of having a profound impact, but for us to be part of the future Gulf story, with a keen interest in what those outside the region can learn from developments there.