Sun, 05 April 2020
Multi-award-winning institution, Strathclyde Business School, revels in its double success as the coveted ‘University of the Year’.
Beating off stiff competition from universities around the country, the University of Strathclyde has become the first to win the coveted title of ‘University of the Year’ for a second time, from the Times Higher Education Awards 2019. The first award was bestowed back in 2012.
Among its many accolades, the university also boasts other rankings and felicitations as the first business school in Scotland to be awarded the Small Business Charter Award, ‘Scottish University of the Year’ 2020 by The Sunday Times Good University Guide, five-star QS-rate university (2017-20), ranked first in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for business school research by Times Higher Education (based on REF2014) and featured in the top 95 European business schools (Financial Times, 2019).
Strathclyde Business School (SBS) has been offering postgraduate programmes worldwide since 1988. Bahrain is one of eight international centres and first launched its MBA programme in 1995.
The SBS MBA programme is designed for busy executives who need to combine career and family commitments with the demands of MBA studies. Wherever you undertake the qualification, you study the same programme and the SBS faculty members travel to the international centres to run intensive seminars, with continuous support for students provided by local centre staff. Students in Bahrain have the opportunity to take electives in summer school classes in Glasgow.
Strathclyde Business School is triple accredited by the three international accrediting bodies: Association of MBAs (AMBA), European Quality Improvement System and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AMBA specifically accredits its MBA programmes. All teaching is supported by the strong research carried out by the university’s faculty.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 rated Strathclyde Business School in the top 10 UK business schools for the quality and breadth of its research, the impact of its research on practice in business was also recognised.
As one of only 68 business schools in the world with this standing, and the only business school in Scotland to be accredited so highly, Strathclyde continues to lead the way in high-quality business education.
Graduates from its MBA programme join a network of thousands of alumni around the world. Over the past 25 years, SBS in Bahrain has graduated 500-plus graduates and more than 2,000 graduates across the GCC region, who hold senior executive positions in corporates and government.
SBS is presently partnered with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), which plays a vital role in the training and development of human capital in Bahrain.
It serves as a partner to numerous world-class institutions; delivering thought leadership, research and advisory assessment and training in the areas of accounting and finance, academic studies, executive development, banking, leadership and management, insurance, Islamic finance and information technology; resulting in a complete business solution.
Since its inception in 1981, BIBF has grown from training 450 applicants a year, primarily within the banking industry, to drawing 16,000 participants from all sectors of the economy and the institute is proud to have qualified more than 200,000 learners in the last three decades.
BIBF is under the supervision of the Central Bank of Bahrain, which is operating under directives to bring economic diversifications by moving from an oil-dependent economy to becoming a regional financial hub by advancing expertise in fintech innovations, with Bahrain being the pioneer.
It is no surprise that a university such as Strathclyde, which is at the forefront of fintech in the UK, was deemed the best choice for offering the same programme in Bahrain.
The Central Bank of Bahrain has created a regulatory ‘sandbox’ that provides a secure, virtual space allowing fintech companies to test and develop digital banking products; this enables universities such as Strathclyde to advance research opportunities for academics and benefit recipients.
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