Middle East Campus

INSEAD established the campus in Abu Dhabi to understand better and contribute to the development of the region through business education.

Our Global Executive MBA participants as well as our MBA students have benefited from this commitment with a new MBA residential period being offered in January 2016.

International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2015, INSEAD hosted a forum with influential female leaders from the Middle East on the campus. The event, titled “Inspire, Impact, Empower”, featured women making important contributions to business, social entrepreneurship, academia and health. With the role of women in the Middle East undergoing substantial, constant change, the seminar provided the audience with timely and informed perspectives on this important topic.

Executive Education

Through Executive Education, we offer insights into advanced managerial ideas and worldwide business practices in the Middle East, one of the fastest growing and exciting geographies in the world. This year, we ran three open enrolment programmes and a number of customized programmes, tailored to the needs of companies based in the region. In March 2015, we delivered a customised programme for the largest women’s university in the world, Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University in Saudi Arabia. The 28-day programme, split over modules, had its initial run for deans and senior staff of the university along with a select group of women from the KSA Ministry of Education.


This year, we launched “Summer@ INSEAD”, a new programme on business awareness for outstanding high school students. Developed in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Educational Council, “Summer@INSEAD” welcomed 25 talented Emirati students and 20 international students (mostly children of alumni) to the Fontainebleau campus.

Young participants explored the critical role of business in society, and the ways that it could be a force for good. They learned from some of INSEAD’s top professors, and visited some of France’s most prestigious brand names, as well as historical and cultural landmarks. Students also gained insight into their own capabilities as they collaborated in diverse groups and thrived in a demanding, fast-paced environment.

Global Business Leaders Conference

INSEAD’s fifth Global Business Leaders Conference was held at Abu Dhabi’s Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel on 20 October 2015. The conference drew together a range of high-level speakers from academia, industry and government to present on the topic, “Leading Innovation”. Speakers examined the leadership attributes and best practices necessary to create a culture of innovation in the Middle East’s unique economic environment. The conference was presented under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan and with the support of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

Outside photograph of the Middle East Campus Building
The Middle East campus continues to thrive.
Four people having a public discussion at a conferece
In-depth discussion at the Global Business Leaders Conference.