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Global Business Challenges – How the NYU Stern at NYU Abu Dhabi MBA Prepares Students for a Complex World



NYU Stern School of Business’ alumni have played a significant role in the evolution and transformation of the international corporate landscape for over a century – founding, directing, and leading some of the world’s best known businesses.

This impact continues to this day, with NYU Stern’s MBA graduates entering the workplace well-equipped and fully prepared to navigate the challenges ahead.

Joining this vibrant and influential alumni community, the future graduates of the Stern at NYU Abu Dhabi One-year Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program are expected to follow a similar path of achievement.

A Rapidly Evolving, Competitive Landscape

The corporate landscape is ever-changing, however respected trade and development commentators report that we are in the midst of challenging times. A multitude of adverse economic conditions continue to affect economies globally, with macro and microeconomic factors constricting stability and growth.

A technology-led AI revolution adds another variable, with even the most established and future-forward companies and business leaders struggling to confidently plan ahead.

A new reality beckons, and students that plan to undertake the MBA program at Stern at NYUAD will enter an unprecedented and rapidly evolving business landscape.

The MBA is designed to help graduates navigate this market and optimize their chances of future career success. Students will benefit from an education that offers a robust mix of business skills training, economic and operational insights, and a comprehensive approach to marketplace analysis.

Employers will look for MBA graduates to have a clear understanding of the effects of geopolitical turbulence, supply-chain dynamics, tech hyper-advancement, the evolution of post-pandemic organizational cultures, and more.

Stern at NYUAD understands what global, regional, and local companies need from an MBA graduate. The upcoming Stern at NYU Abu Dhabi One-year Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program covers each of these key market skills, considerations, and economic factors.

A truly unique MBA program in the UAE, the Stern at NYUAD program applies a variety of principles from microeconomic theory, each of which adds insight into the complexities of the business ecosystem.

By analyzing companies in a broad range of markets, students can develop a sound analytical approach to the drivers that impact company profits. Managerial and behavioral challenges are also covered.

The study of international macroeconomics is also essential, allowing students to better understand the global economic landscape. In the program, students will explore the current economic environment, and the challenges and issues that companies face when operating globally.

The curriculum will also highlight the role of economic policy and institutions, with students exploring how these relate to both public and private sector enterprises. Economic indicators, the forecasting of employment levels, and interest rates are covered.

Experience a World of Business Opportunity

A key differentiator of the Stern at NYUAD One-year Full-time MBA program will be the optimized combination of in-classroom business teaching and opportunities to gain real world experiences and learnings from industry.

Studies in the UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi will be complemented by a summer of course studies, networking, and industry interactions based at the NYU Stern School of Business campus at New York University in downtown Manhattan.

This unique cross-cultural learning experience will offer students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and beyond a chance to study global organizational cultures, while developing a deeper understanding of the issues, opportunities, and challenges faced by domestic and multinational businesses operating in the major business epicenters of the MENA region and New York City.

These collaborative learning courses and real world industry opportunities also give students a broader business perspective and commercial world view.

In Summary

For incoming MBA students at Stern at NYUAD, the elements that constitute rapid industrial and commercial advancement must be understood. Only by adopting best practice principles can the evolving leaders of tomorrow work to convert theory to reality, and make a positive contribution, commercially and to society itself.

The only MBA of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the Stern at NYU Abu Dhabi One-year Full-time MBA program will offer students a chance to develop innovative career pathways that can help advance the economic and business vision of the UAE and broader MENA region.

Our students will have multiple opportunities to fill knowledge gaps, form new networks, and acquire the tools required to solve complex and strategic problems. Ultimately, our graduates will be effectively positioned to positively impact business in the UAE, and globally.

Jemima A. Frimpong
Associate Dean of Programs, Stern at NYUAD

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