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 provided by MDCI include Educational consultancy, exam management, a management consultancy.
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.
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 ensures 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 textbooks
- 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