The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) has signed an agreement with one of the UK’s leading Business Schools to offer a prestigious Masters’ Degree programme in Bahrain. The University of Strathclyde’s MBA is one of the oldest and most respected in the world and one of the elite 1% of MBA Programmes which is ‘triple-accredited.’ In addition to accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (“AACSB”), the programme is also accredited by the Association of MBAs (“AMBA”) and the European Quality Improvement System (“EQUIS.”)
The MBA programme, which is the only triple-accredited programme offered in Bahrain, will be taught by academics from Strathclyde Business School at the BIBF’s campus in Juffair in intensive week-end blocks to allow students to combine study with work.
Commenting on this occasion, the Head of BIBF’s Centre for Academic and Executive Studies, Dr Keith Sharp said: “We are delighted to be bringing this outstanding MBA programme to Bahrain. Strathclyde Business School has a global reputation for excellence and this is reflected in the programme’s gold-standard triple accreditation. This truly is a great opportunity for the next generation of business leaders in Bahrain to gain a world-class qualification and world-class business leadership skills.”
The Strathclyde MBA, which this year celebrates its 50th Anniversary, combines cutting-edge knowledge of the modern business environment with opportunities to develop the advanced strategic, analytical and entrepreneurial skills required by today’s business leaders. Dr Sharp added: “As well as boosting their own career prospects, generations of graduates from the Strathclyde MBA have proven their worth to their employers and added value to organisations around the world. Successful organisations develop their people and this programme is a great opportunity for organisations in Bahrain to develop their next generation of leaders in a cost-effective way.
The BIBF’s Deputy Director, Dr Ahmed Abdulhameed Al Shaikh, stated “The affiliations we are developing is a step in the right direction for the BIBF to become the preferred partner for institutions and professional bodies wanting to build their presence in the Middle East. In addition, the agreement emphasises the BIBF’s role as a leading partner for higher education in the region with qualifications comparable to the UK education system”.
From his side, Dr Ron Bradfield, the Director of Strathclyde Programmes in the GCC, said, “We are very proud to be working with the BIBF, it is an internationally respected institution providing the highest quality education, training and development in the region. The BIBF’s academic experience and the facilities on campus are second to none, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with them. Strathclyde has a long history in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and 2016 is a significant year as it marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Strathclyde MBA programme, and we look forward to seeing our continuing students and the new students joining the programme in October”.
Admissions for the programme are now open and classes will begin in October 2016.