Press release

First intensive Mini MBA from a professional services firm offered in the region

PwC rolls out Mini MBA Programme in the UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: In a first for the region, PwC, the leading professional services firm, recently launched its unique Mini MBA Programme in the UAE. Set to commence on the 20th of April 2013 through the PwC’s Academy, the Programme is the ideal solution for professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs seeking the knowledge and skills gained from traditional MBA programmes, without the extensive time and cost obligations.

Leveraging its global leadership position in a full range of professional services, PwC has drawn industry leading professionals from its extensive network to present the programme. The Mini MBA Programme instructors in the UAE possess an in-depth understanding of the complexities of modern organisations and have experience in leadership positions, subject expertise, and knowledge of the local and global business environment.

The Programme offering comes in light of a PwC 15th Annual CEO survey revealing that 63% of CEOs based in the Middle East see talent constraints as a potential risk to their growth and 33% have placed talent development as their top priority. As such, PwC’s Academy has incorporated the insights gained from working with firms from all over the globe into the Mini MBA Programme. This customized professional course covers the most important topics of an MBA such as leadership, management skills and problem solving in the fields of project management, finance functions, corporate strategy and human capital.

On the launch of the programme Amanda Line Partner, PwC’s Academy Middle East said “The diversity of the UAE workforce means that leaders must be particularly skilful in communicating, empowering and leading people from an array of backgrounds. Our goal is to contribute to the development of leaders and to hone the talents of the workforce in the UAE.” Adding: “Although the higher education system in the UAE is highly developed there is still an attraction to the top global MBA programmes abroad. With this in mind, PwC’s Mini MBA Programme combines global experience with local insight, thus providing candidates with a convenient solution to continued executive education.” 

Commenting on the strategic partnership with PwC’s Academy Dr. Abdullah A. Abonamah, CEO of UAE Academy, “UAE Academy is proud to collaborate with PwC’s Academy to launch the robust Mini MBA Programme in Abu Dhabi. As the first in the region, the strategic intent of the program will be a building pillar for developing the talents in the UAE. In building a pool of talented leaders as valuable resources for the country, there is an immediate need for a program to combine theoretical knowledge and practical applications to the workplace. The benefits gained from the program will be immense and I believe that the participants will be able to leverage the knowledge and the shared experiences obtained during the course to the workplace.” 

PwC’s first Mini MBA Programme will run from April 20th to June 29th 2013 at the UAE Academy campus in Abu Dhabi, with plans to expand the offering across the region. The sessions will take place over a 3 month period with over 100 classroom hours. To accommodate working schedules, courses will be conveniently held on Saturdays and Sunday evenings.  

The programme covers nine specially designed modules, including Business Breakdown & Map, Corporate & Business Strategy, People Management, Management Skills, Marketing, Leadership & Negotiation, Accounting Basics & Financial Management, Project Management & Business Processes and a final course to link it all together.  The class sizes are designed for small groups to maintain a personalised approach. At the end of the programme all participants will receive a PwC certificate of completion. This is contingent on meeting the minimum attendance requirement of 76 hours and the completion of a Harvard Business School case study. A personalised assessment of the case study will be provided to each participant together with guidance on suggested future development goals.


About PwC

PwC firms help organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We’re a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 180,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at
Established in the Middle East for 40 years, PwC has firms in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with around 2,500 people. (

About PwC’s Academy

PwC’s Academy is the educational business of the global organisation PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The foundation of PwC’s Academy is PwC’s team of expert professionals who convey their wealth of knowledge and the practical experience they have gained in their daily work within leading organisations around the world.
PwC’s Academy courses are divided into three areas:

  • Finance skills & competencies (accounting, financial reporting, financial management, audit, corporate finance, and corporate governance)
  • Mini MBA Programme and Management skills
  • International professional qualifications (ACCA, DipIFR, CIMA Diploma in Performance Measurement (Arabic), CPA, CFA