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Ulster University has partnered with City College, a new vocational higher education institution in Doha to establish an affiliate college that aims to boost higher education provision of Business courses and specialist diplomas in the Middle East.

The international collaboration will deliver a portfolio of Ulster University’s undergraduate and Masters programmes to hundreds of students in Doha studying Business Studies and International Business from September 2019. Further strengthening Ulster University’s internationalisation agenda and continued global education export efforts, the affiliate college has been endorsed by Invest NI, British Council and the Department of Trade and Industry, Qatar.

Latest figures show that international export of higher education generated £13.4billion for the UK’s economy.*As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster continues to inform international higher education provision and policy while delivering world class, research based higher education at a local level across all four regional campuses in Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine and Derry-Londonderry.

Welcoming the partnership, Pro Vice Chancellor of Ulster University, Professor Paul Bartholomew, said:

“The innovative partnership between City College and the Ulster Business School represents a milestone for Ulster University’s internationalisation agenda. We will share our key areas of business expertise, bringing together the best and brightest minds, nurturing innovative thinking and industry leading technology to shape the careers of the business leaders of the future in Doha and beyond.”

The Ulster University Business School works in partnership with local businesses in Northern Ireland who export globally to ensure that the research based curriculum provides gradates with globally engaged and industry ready skills and knowledge.

Professor Jackie McCoy, highlighting the wider benefits to Northern Ireland, stated:

“The Education sector is recognised one of the UK’s most important drivers of exports and here, at Ulster University, we are pursuing ambitious growth plans of our own.  As Northern Ireland’s civic, University we make a significant contribution to regional economic development and, working with colleagues in Invest NI, we are constantly looking for opportunities for NI companies that can benefit from our extensive international networks."

Boomer Industries, based on the outskirts of Lisburn, has been operating in the Middle East for some 45 years.  MD, Andrew Robinson, is one of the business leaders who joined the in-bound delegation.  He said:

“We have longstanding links with the Business School and are delighted to be able to tap into their global networks.”

For more information on Ulster University’s education export agenda please visit