BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Beginning Aug. 1, individuals in the Middle
East and North Africa will have access to an innovative Online
Mini-MBA program offered by the University at Buffalo (UB) School
of Management in collaboration with the Chicago Institute of
While the UB School of Management has offered its regular Online
Mini-MBA program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for
some time, the partnership with CIB will provide participants with
enhancements that make it even more valuable.
UB's Online Mini-MBA is designed to provide a basic introduction
to business and management practices. It fosters an understanding
of the most important functions of business and management, and
builds a foundation for making sound business judgments and
The new program will be targeted to the 22 Arab countries,
Turkey, Kenya, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and will include the 17
modules that the School of Management currently provides in
accounting and finance, marketing and communications, technology,
human resources, economics and general management.
The enhancements will come from modules customized for each
individual market, such as Islamic finance, Islamic jurisprudence
and Egyptian labor law, developed by CIB. Similarly, the UB School
of Management has created specialized modules in global business
and entrepreneurship that are important in certain MENA markets. An
estimated 23 modules will be launched this year, with more likely
to be developed in the future.
"This Online Mini-MBA program is the first of its kind offered
by a U.S. university in the Middle East," says Nehad El Gamal, CEO
of CIB, who first proposed the idea to UB in 2011. A 2002 graduate
of the UB Law School, El Gamal says the program will make a
positive difference in the future economies of these countries.
"Business education is deeply needed in this region," he says.
"This program will offer flexibility and will benefit individuals
who do not have access to this type of education."
Course materials are presented in English, but CIB has created
instructional videos and print materials in Arabic as reinforcement
for all of the modules. CIB is an organization that strives to
provide world-class education at affordable costs for developing
"We believe this partnership will help us bring our programs to
the citizens of the MENA countries in a more comprehensive
fashion," says Courtney J. Walsh, assistant dean for executive
education at the UB School of Management." Adding the tutorials in
Arabic will be extremely beneficial to our participants."
The Online Mini-MBA program is a non-credit-bearing program and,
upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate
issued jointly by CIB and the UB School of Management. In addition,
graduates of the program who enroll in UB's full-time MBA program
within three years will be given a $750 credit towards tuition.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has
been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes,
U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal for the
quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides
its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.