University of Sharjah
Forbes Middle East has recently published its list of the top business schools in the Middle East. Private universities in the United Arab Emirates are consistent winners – 12 out of the top 20 programs are in the UAE.
Some of those include the American University of Sharjah, second place; Canadian University of Dubai, third place; American University of Dubai, sixth place; University of Wollongong in Dubai, seventh place; and American University in the Emirates, ninth place.
The top university was the American University of Cairo. Universities in Bahrain, Jordan, and Lebanon also placed in the top 20. The magazine used several criteria to assess the business programs, including accreditation, number of majors, length of program, cost, minimum GPA requirements, and availability of academic advisors.
UAE universities were particularly proud of their honors. The AUS chancellor Dr. Peter Heath said, “The high ranking of our MBA program by Forbes is not a surprise to us, but comes as a logical crowning of the series of achievements by AUS in general and its School of Business and Management in particular.”
Zayed University, a public university awarded the 10th place in the list of public schools, was also pleased. John Seybolt, the dean of the College of Business Sciences said, “It is always a pleasure to have a high ranking in an internationally recognized ranking system like Forbes.”
Buti Saeed Al Gandi, the chancellor of the Canadian University of Dubai, said, “Of course, the real worth of a business school program is in the successes of its graduates, and it is pleasing to note that our MBA graduates are extremely well placed here in the UAE... [the university is] extremely pleased with the outcome of this ranking, as we have been working very hard to achieve our goals of offering students a high quality MBA program.”
However, some universities were unhappy with the composition of the list. Some said the statistics were unreliable because they were provided by the universities themselves, and others complained that Forbes used statistics that it was not given by the universities.
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