Exclusive deal inked to provide diplomas in management

DUBAI - An exclusive agreement has been signed between the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Knowledge Horizon to provide management diplomas to students in the UAE.

By Prerna Suri

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Published: Fri 13 Feb 2004, 12:55 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:41 PM

Speaking at the opening of the CIE's new office in Dubai, Ken Murray, Chief Executive Officer, CIE, said: "We are closely working with our established partners across the Middle East in providing quality education. This exclusive agreement will enable Knowledge Horizon to deliver our management diplomas into this region and we have full confidence in their ability to do so."

The course runs for a duration of nine months after which students will be able to transfer their credits to other universities in the UK to continue with their MBA.

The unique part of this arrangement is that the MBA can be completed in one semester, or six months. Mr Murray, however, said that there were no plans in the pipeline to bring faculty members from the UK.

"We had approached Cambridge University earlier regarding this issue but since it is a traditional university who emphasises on students experiencing campus life, there are no plans to include any faculty from the UK here," he said.

Mr Murray was also quick to add that the diploma programme was not just about exporting British ideas and culture into a new country but will focus on the local culture and issues as well.

" Our philosophy has been to constantly work closely with local representatives to get the best out of both systems. We believe in understanding local needs and maintaining our standards in way which assure students that they are getting world class qualifications which will be recognised anywhere in the world," he said.

Speaking about the current debate surrounding the proposed increase in university tuition fees in the UK, Mr Murray said that the University of Cambridge was anxiously awaiting the outcome of this proposal.

"We are waiting with keen interest on the outcome of the proposed increases in tuition fees. There is a bit of a tension surrounding this idea as on the one hand we say that we want 50 per cent of our population to attend university and on the other hand, we are introducing an increase in the fees. It ultimately becomes a selection process where there will be some winners and some losers," he said.

The official opening attracted a range of CIE partners and contacts and was attended by various Cambridge-based representatives, including, Paul Lewis, CIE's Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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