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MDCI works in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa providing logistical, administration and marketing support for postgraduate academic programmes on behalf of a number of United Kingdom universities. The Bahrain based company also provides executive development programmes and tailored programmes. In thirty years of providing executive programmes MDCI has helped two and half thousand Gulf based professionals to enhance their careers with academic qualifications recognised… [+] worldwide, and has helped to introduce the latest business thinking and skills to the Gulf. A key element of the MDCI’s programmes is that UK based lecturers fly to the Gulf to deliver their modules allowing the local professionals to continue their carers while studying for their Masters of Doctorate. The Executive development (Masterclass) and tailored programmes from MDCI incorporate the latest academic thinking and its application to organisational performance, and has been designed to reflect the specific culture of the host country. The programmes are delivered for many public, private and not for profit disciplines, suitable for all types of organizations and specifically designed for ambitious managers and executives. The training programmes develop the knowledge and skills base of today’s executives and managers and help students apply ideas and concepts to real organisational issues, problems and visions. The programmes are delivered by a very experienced team of UK nationals, all of whom have considerable experience of the world of Executive education in different national settings. Other services provide by MDCI include: Educational consultancy, exam management, management consultancy. History In the early 1990’s MDCI established a base in Bahrain to service the needs of the large Saudi Arabian petrochemical and oil companies. Subsequently, the programmes have been offered to mature students from other GCC countries from its Bahrain base and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Oman satellite offices. Over 2,500 mature executives have benefited from the services provided by MDCI. The company has both Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Education registrations in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a representative office of the parent company in the United Kingdom. Queen’s Award Each year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth awards her recognition in appreciation of work done overseas by United Kingdom organisations in the export sector. MDCI and its parent company DA Group were awarded this honour and officers of the company were invited to a formal reception at Buckingham Palace. The award was presented to the company by the Rt Hon. Tony Blair – the Prime Minister. Executive Model “The model,” is a term referring to the time served method of delivering UK university postgraduate programmes, on a part-time basis to busy executives. It provides the local executive student with the same learning experience as they would enjoy on similar part time programmes, at the university campus. In general students are mature executives normally with significant industry experience. The average age of current MDCI students is 35 and most have in excess of 8 years relevant experience. The university partner provides the identical academic components of the programme, including teaching that students enjoy on campus. MDCI provides the local support for both university and student. Management Development Centre International Ltd is a United Kingdom registered company. The company is part of the Durham Associates group, based at the Old Coach House, Castle Eden, County Durham. The chairman of the Group is the internationally renowned management academic and author Professor Geoff Lancaster. MDCI is managed by a board of directors based in the United Kingdom. The Managing Director is Robert L F Rice, who holds Bahrain residency and has lived and worked in the Middle East and Africa for around 35 years. In 2009 he was identified as one of the leaders in executive education in the MENA countries by the Middle East Economic Digest MDCI relies on information technology and human interface to achieve its high level of student support and ensure maintenance of University operating procedures. Students and their sponsor organisations appreciate the executive model of delivery for a number of reasons, notably: Busy executives are not removed from their work for extended periods Students have no difficulties in acclimatising to foreign cultures Programmes integrate student’s life and work experience with latest academic thinking Organisations benefit from students applying their knowledge into the work environment on an iterative basis Students’ knowledge is reinforced by adding the new academic knowledge to their existing experience – an important educational concept in itself The entire package including materials is delivered to the student in Bahrain, this releasing them for example from time wasted finding text books Additionally, the fees for the programme mirror the UK fees but without costly accommodation, subsistence and travel costs. Organisations appreciate retaining their employees during the study period and often benefit from the immediate application of new thinking
Masters Programmes Prepare yourself to compete in an increasingly international job market. Study a globally-recognised postgraduate programme at Durham University Business School. The academic rigour of our Masters will provide you with a world-class head start by helping you develop the analytical and critical skills that employer’s value. It will connect you with some of the world’s leading companies. So whether you want to become an entrepreneur or work for an int… [+] ernational organisation, you’ll be ready for the challenge and competition of real business. Become skilled at applying research-led learning to contemporary business challenges Take advantage of career enhancing opportunities such as international exchanges and networking events The Durham Full-time MBA You are intellectually curious, determined and ambitious. You have leadership potential you want to exploit. You want to progress your career to the next level – either in your current role or by launching yourself in a new job-function or industry. You may want to compete on the international stage. You are a Durham MBA. The Durham MBA has been designed with future leaders in mind. Study with us and learn to inspire, motivate and mobilise teams. Gain credibility from Durham’s academic rigour. Become skilled at applying theory to the real world through practical engagement with employers. Online MBA Accelerate your career with flexible study on the Online MBA. You may be an executive on your way to the top in your current job; you may want to launch a different career in a new sector – whatever your ambitions and lifestyle, you can tailor a mix of online and block-taught residential modules to suit you. Learn where you want, when you want, and gain the skills to apply credible academic theory to the real world of business. Triple accredited Durham University Business School is unique in its approach to teaching, research and connections with the wider world. One of an elite group of schools worldwide, Durham University Business School carries all three international quality kitemarks – AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). These accreditations are an endorsement of the quality of our programmes, showing we have been rigorously tested and proven to be exceptional. An impressive reputation Founded in 1965, Durham University Business School is one of the longest established business schools in the UK. We are part of Durham University, which at over 180 years old, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in England. With its impressive history and heritage, Durham University has an enviable position as a top five UK university (The Complete University Guide 2014). Tailor your qualification to your personal strengths and aspirations.
'A different kind of summer school' For those who aspire and achieve: a taste of university life in English-speaking countries Kingdom Education offers novel, exciting and stimulating programmes to students who like to be challenged intellectually and creatively. They’re specially designed for high school students considering their options for university or college – whether in an English-speaking country, or elsewhere. Our programmes are held on the cam… [+] puses of leading universities. Most are multi-centre, so students can see different sides of the country visited. They take place in the United Kingdom from early July to early August, in the United States of America in July, in Canada in August, and, for closed groups, between December and February in Australia and New Zealand. Considering university or college in one of the countries offered? This will be a huge investment – in terms both of money and of time. Make sure it’s the right investment! These are the questions which we think students should be asking themselves: Am I choosing the right subject, and am I preparing for it correctly? Is it the right university or the right city for me? Is it the right country for me? Kingdom Education helps students to find answers to these questions by: Introducing them to a choice of subject area, and to skills which they’ll need in the future Taking them to see a selection of universities, in many cases, with presentations by admissions staff Visiting the cities in which the universities are based Showing what life is like as a university student in whichever country is visited Who can take a KE summer programme? Students aged 14-16 Students aged 16-18 Native speakers of English and learners at intermediate level or above (min. 5.5 [IELTS]/80 [TOEFL iBT]/B2 [CEF]/FCE). And is it suitable? Kingdom Education is definitely suitable for students who are looking for opportunities to: Think in new ways Challenge themselves Meet interesting new people with ideas and imagination KE programmes run just for two or three weeks, occasionally four, but they’re full of activity and action. We must be honest: if you’re looking for programmes in which much of the time is spent on games and shopping, these might not be the right choice. But if you’re looking for an experience which will really change perceptions, please continue. This really is ‘A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUMMER SCHOOL…’ The programmes Offered in the UK (early July – mid-August), the USA (July), Canada (August), Australia or New Zealand (mainly January, mainly for groups) Run for two weeks or three weeks (sometimes four) during university vacations Generally multi-centre Each programme has a number of different courses (one per week) and special features unique to Kingdom Education. The courses Each programme includes different courses: 2-week programmes include two courses, each lasting one week 3-week programmes include three courses, each lasting one week 4-week programmes include four courses, each lasting one week Course 1 (the order in which the courses are taken may vary) Specialist subject – students choose one of these (or two for 4-week programmes): Creative arts Economics, business & entrepreneurship Engineering & technology Law, society & international relations Medical sciences & psychology Course 2 ‘Skills for learning’– students choose one of these, depending on their interest and level of English: Critical thinking SAT and ACT preparation (USA only) English for academic purposes (EAP) (UK only) Communication skills with TOEFL (USA) or IELTS (other countries) Course 3 (all 3-week programmes, plus 2-week programmes with St Andrews) Leadership training and development Each course includes 16 hours of classroom tuition, plus homework and project work, and the maximum class size is 15 (though most classes are smaller). ‘Skills for living’ – with university preparation These special features prepare students for many aspects of life, at university and beyond, and are included on every programme: Applying for university – guidance in making a good choice, with an introduction to application procedures, followed by practice in drafting personal statements or essays, and by two one-to-one interviews Study visits – visits to famous cities, including one or more universities, followed by general sightseeing (each visit is preceded by a seminar about the places which are seen) Student mentors – contact with carefully selected students from the universities visited, who introduce our KE students to life there Tutorials – weekly meetings in a small group News reviews – a 30-minute look at the daily news Special meals, with ‘dining & etiquette’ – formal dinner, preceded by a seminar on dining and etiquette – plus an afternoon tea (UK) or a barbecue (other countries) Local sports and pastimes – e.g. cricket, croquet, punting, baseball, golf Presentations – team presentations based on students’ experiences during the programme Study centres With Kingdom Education, students have the opportunity to live and study on the campuses of some of the leading universities in the English-speaking world, including: UK: London or Cambridge, plus Durham and St. Andrews. Visits to London, Cambridge, York and Edinburgh. USA: University of Massachusetts and/or UC Berkeley. Visits to New York, Boston and San Francisco. Canada: Calgary, and with a six-day tour ending in Vancouver (plus a chance to spend one week at UC Berkeley first). Australia: Queensland and Melbourne. Shorter stays in Sydney and Canberra. New Zealand: Visit all eight universities, and see the country from north to south. Our mission statement ‘Our mission is to provide ambitious young minds with the foundations for success in a global context. To this end, we offer life-changing experiences at centres of academic excellence across the English-speaking world, together with guidance on applying to top universities and on pursuing top careers. Our philosophy is that success depends not just on the ability to memorise and prepare for examinations, but also on critical and independent thought, on commitment and passion, on creativity and imagination, on teamwork and debate.’ The Kingdom Education 10-point difference What’s different about Kingdom Education? We’ve summarised the difference in these ten points: We have an atmosphere in which bright students can interact purposefully with other bright students, sharing ideas and aspirations. You can experience campus life at some of the most famous universities in one of five English-speaking countries: the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. You have the opportunity to take 2-centre or 3-centre programmes in order to see more aspects of the country visited. You’ll be introduced to university study in a choice of academic subjects (creative arts; economics, business & entrepreneurship; engineering & technology; law, society & international relations; medical sciences & psychology). Under ‘Skills for learning’, you have a choice between: critical thinking; preparation for SAT and ACT (USA only); English for academic purposes (UK only); communication skills with TOEFL (USA only) or IELTS (in other countries). On many of our programmes, you can take a challenging and exciting course in leadership skills. We arrange carefully planned study visits to leading universities as well as to major cultural attractions. You can take part in activities typical of the country visited (e.g. golf, cricket, baseball). You’ll be accompanied and tutored by a carefully-selected local mentors. We expect a positive and participatory approach on the part of all our students, group leaders and staff. Study visits Our study visits are an important, and very popular part of our programmes. A Kingdom Education study visit typically has two elements: Visit to a university. We arrange visits to a range of high-ranking universities. Very often, there is a presentation by the university admissions staff; sometimes, our staff conduct the visit, or we engage someone from the university to do this for us. General sightseeing (usually in the afternoons). You’ll see the sights that everyone wants to see! So if you go to the UK, you’ll see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London etc. etc… Introductory seminar Just before every visit, you’ll join a seminar, usually with a powerpoint presentation. This is a really valuable introduction to what you’ll be seeing, and it shows you what to look out for. Also: Because these are not conventional excursions, our special Kingdom Education study visits generally don’t include visits inside places like the Tower of London – we don’t have the time for that. But you do have the opportunity to look around the outside – and take a lot of photos! The trips organised by most summer school providers tend to devote a lot of time to shopping. We have to say that we don’t do this! There is at least one free afternoon on every programme for shopping, but this is definitely not the focus of our study visits. Photo tour (UK programmes) This is a slightly different type of study visit. We use a photo competition to help you to explore the best sights of some of the places where you’re staying. Play or concert If you’re taking our course in creative arts, you may have a chance to see a play or to attend a concert. These performances are optional extras, and therefore at extra cost. If you’re not taking this course, you may still be able to go as well, again at extra cost. Accreditation What is the BAC? Please see the following extracts from the BAC website: ‘BAC accreditation is a globally recognised mark of quality achieved through an objective, detailed audit of (an institution’s) processes, policies and systems.’ ‘BAC is widely recognised as the most experienced, rigorous and independent accreditation service for the private education sector.’ ‘(BAC) accreditation is recognised by the UK… Home Office as a qualifying requirement for institutions wishing to enrol students on Student Visitor visas.’ Accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider. Accreditation covers courses delivered in the UK only.