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Unpresented Times Demand New Thinking

Unprecedented Times Demand New Thinking.

MDCI has re-written the Playbook.

For more than thirty years, Management Development Centre International (MDCI) has been redefining the way executive education is delivered in the Middle East and Africa.

As one of the longest established providers of accredited post-graduate education as well as professional development in Africa and the Gulf, our “real time delivery techniques utilising Microsoft Teams helps you to gain a first class, international University degree fitted in around your current employment.

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Management Development Centre International


more than 5,000 alumni


working in association with leading UK faculty, colleges, and universities


received the Queen’s Award for Export in Education



MDCI chooses Bahrain as its regional hub to serve the leadership education of Arabia’s career professionals and leaders across all sectors


MDCI launches the first distance-learning MBA programme in the region with UK’s Hull University, from bases in Dubai and Bahrain


MDCI approved as the first MBA provider for Saudi Aramco, and delivers the first on -location MBA in the Sultanate of Oman with the UK’s Lincoln University


MDCI is awarded The Queen’s Award for Export in Education


MDCI starts the region’s first Doctorate in Business Administration on location in the GCC with the Universities of Hull and Lincoln


MDCI delivers first Masters Degree in Security Studies in the GCC with the UK’s University of Reading



MDCI launches the Advanced Management Development Programme in Bahrain in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Meanwhile, in consultation with the British Military Attaché delivered the Hull MBA programme to the Sultan of Oman’s Armed forces as part of Al Yamamah Offset Programme


MDCI appointed the regional agents for the University of South Africa


MDCI delivers Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) on location in Bahrain and Oman with Liverpool John Moores University


The Next Generation MBA goes live, online, launched during the global CoVid-19 lock-down

Unleashing Leadership Prowess,
more than 5,000 times since 1993


In Bahrain since 1993, MDCI has marketed, supported, and administered the on-location delivery of management development, under- and post-graduate programmes from acclaimed academic institutions including the UK’s leading universities such as Hull, Reading and Lincoln to more than 5,000 career professionals.

New Gen

Multi-faceted thinking inspired the design and timing of The Next Generation MBA. For starters, 2020 is an unprecedented year demanding new learning. CMC’s Certificate in Transformational Leadership with the degree from York St John steps in to answer this on many levels. And, we have a notion that our Alumni will be ready to suggest this to their ‘next gen’ family members, friends and team.


Just four years into delivering management development, under- and post-graduate programmes, MDCI received the Queens Award for Export in Education in 1997 acknowledging the British firm’s leading role in the Middle East and Africa. Fast-forward more than two decades and MDCI’s programmes have been attended by leaders at multiple levels across multiple sectors, including Ministerial, C-Suite, as well as entrepreneurs attracting mega acquisitions, mergers and listings.