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Reputation and Impact

Middlesex University Dubai is also licensed by the Dubai government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Furthermore, the University Quality Assurance International Board at KHDA reviews all programmes on offer in Dubai to ensure that the quality of programmes taught in Dubai are equivalent to those at the home campus in London.

Academic programmes in Dubai have the same validation and monitoring system as in London, with the same examinations taken simultaneously in both cities. The Honours undergraduate and Masters degrees awarded to Dubai campus students are therefore identical to those achieved by students at the London campuses, and students can usually transfer between campuses if they wish to do so.

Whether in London or Dubai, Middlesex University students are prepared for a significant role in the global economy.

Institutional Audit by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education


Middlesex University has had the quality and standards of its provision confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in the UK. The QAA reviews UK universities to provide public information about the maintenance of academic standards and its audit processes are respected globally for their robustness. QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.Most recently, a team of QAA reviewers visited Middlesex University in October 2015 and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

You can read the full report here: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10004351

The previous Middlesex University review report published in 2009 identified as ‘good practice’ the meticulous attention given to the establishment, development and integration of the University’s Dubai campus. The panel praised Middlesex Dubai for the meticulous methods and detailed attention to quality matters, and perhaps more importantly for assuring learning opportunities in Dubai are comparable to those available to students in London.

In 2014, QAA conducted a Review of Transnational Education (TNE) in the UAE which resulted in a positive report for Middlesex University Dubai. The pastoral and academic support provided to students was a particular strength noted in the review. The review found that “students have a range of opportunities for engaging with employers during their studies with employability embedded within the curriculum and extracurricular activities provided”. The report also offered an acknowledgement of ‘a growing research culture’ on campus. A range of students from across the university participated in this review and their contribution was instrumental in offering the QAA an insight into the strengths of our campus. The full report is provided at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/ReviewsAndReports/Pages/TNE-Review-UAE-2014.aspx
The Times Higher Education quoted that according to the Review of UK Transnational Education in United Arab Emirates, published on 4 June, “Only two providers, [including] … Middlesex, are readily recognisable as branch campuses [offering] the range of facilities a student would expect of a campus in the UK”. (Times Higher Education, 12 June 2014)

The QAA is an independent body that provides an integrated quality assurance service for UK higher education institutions. The Agency promotes public confidence that quality of provision and standards of awards in higher education are being safeguarded and enhanced. The Agency’s reviews cover public and private higher education in universities and colleges, including arrangements for collaboration with overseas partners; and by assessing the quality and standards of teaching and learning at subject level. These activities result in reports that are available to the public, as printed publications and on their website. For more information see:www.qaa.ac.uk.

Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority


Middlesex University Dubai is licensed by the Government of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Established in 2006 by royal decree, the KHDA is responsible for licensure and quality assurance across the entire education and human development continuum covering schools and higher education institutions in the Emirate of Dubai.

In addition to annual licensure, all programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are reviewed by the KHDA’s University Quality Assurance International Board or UQAIB, which is a Board of influential academics and quality assurance experts from all over the world that has been assigned the responsibility for setting standards across international higher education on offer in the Emirate. Reviews conducted by UQAIB essentially require that the University demonstrates that the quality of programmes taught in Dubai are equivalent to those at the home campus in London. For more information see: http://www.khda.gov.ae/en/directory/universities-search-results/university?id=774

Middlesex MBA Tops Forbes Middle East MBA Programme Ranking in Dubai

Forbes Middle East Magazine in their March 2012 issue has ranked the Middlesex MBA as the number one MBA in Dubai. The top ranking is an affirmation of the unique attributes of the Middlesex MBA which are :

  • UK Degree with a comprehensive business management syllabus.
  • A multi-cultural cohort that work in a range of industries and businesses
  • Outstanding full time faculty with industry experience based in Dubai
  • A range of specializations : Business Excellence, Finance, International Business, Marketing, and Operations & Logistics
  • Invited faculty from the top international businesses
  • Four Applied Learning Experiences and Four Executive Skills Development activities – away from the classroom.
  • International experience with a well-established international field trip to Paris or Milan or Shanghai.
  • A range of practical assessments for each module spread out over the term
  • A project-based MBA that can be taken further in setting up a business or has consultancy applications.


QAA checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. Click here to read Middlesex University's latest review report. The QAA diamond logo and 'QAA' are registered trademarks of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.