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Published: March 28, 2017

UT Partners With Abu Dhabi University to Offer Dual Global Business Degrees

The University of Tampa and Abu Dhabi University have partnered to offer a dual degree MBA/M.S. in global business program for students who live in the United Arab Emirates.

Students in the program will attend classes in the UAE and in The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business and will earn both an executive master's in business administration through Abu Dhabi University (ADU) and a Master of Science in global business from The University of Tampa (UT).

The program will take 18 months to complete. Two of the eight courses will be taught in Tampa, during which time the students will study and work on projects in the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and learn about U.S. business practices by visiting local companies.

The program, which is currently only open for students at ADU, is set to launch this fall. 

Amy Beekman, UT associate professor of management and director of graduate business programs, said the program is a great opportunity for UT to further develop a global presence.

“UT has a very diverse international student population in Tampa, but this is the first program we have launched outside the U.S.,” Beekman said.

An agreement of cooperation between ADU and UT was signed in 2014 after UT administrators, including President Ronald Vaughn, visited Dubai in 2013 during a Global Access Partnership trip. 

The program was approved by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. Both institutions are accredited by AACSB International, and ADU is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Questions about the program may be addressed to Beekman at

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