UBI Business School

UBI Business School, established in 1992 in Brussels, is a leading English-language business school offering top-quality British business programmes with an enterprising focus on Business & Tech, Global Mindset, and Good Citizenship.

We exist as an open institution to empower global talents and bridge distances through accessible, innovative, and person-centred education focused on creating value in a responsible manner.

Since 2012, UBI has been developing its programmes in partnership with Middlesex University London (UK), which ranks as one of the top 500 universities (Higher Education Statistics Agency) and top 10 transnational universities (Times Higher Education) in the world.

Institutional Recognition

UBI Business School has been ranked #26 worldwide for its joint-EMBA programme and achieved a prestigious 5-star overall rating (Excellent) in the academically renowned QS rating system, with additional 5 Stars for Excellence earned in three important categories: Employability, Teaching and Online Learning.


Faculty-student ratio and student satisfaction

UBI Experience: UBI’s class sizes of 30-35 students for all our programmes, both on-campus and online, ensure that students receive the highest standards of teaching and learning from our distinguished faculty. Our overall faculty profile comprises a selection of senior-level practitioners with over 15 years of professional experience in leading international companies, and academics from world-renowned universities.


Reputation among employers, graduate employment rate, career service support

UBI Experience: Through deep engagements with UBI’s corporate partners, students gain valuable internship and employment opportunities at leading companies worldwide. Our Career Services provide personalised workshops and one-on-one coaching to support each student’s professional development.

Online Learning:

Student faculty engagement, student interaction and student services / technology

UBI Experience: Our Hybrid and HyFlex curriculums are supported by world-class hybrid infrastructure, online resources, and pedagogical design. Quality of learning is maximised by leveraging the use of technology, overcoming the limitations of full face-to-face teaching, and reflecting current and future hybrid work realities in many professional domains.

Embedded within the ethos of the school is a steadfast commitment to global responsibility and sustainable education. UBI Business School is a PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) member, underscoring the dedication to shaping future leaders who prioritise ethical and sustainable practices. This affiliation reflects the school’s ongoing efforts to integrate responsible management principles into its curriculum, fostering a holistic approach to education that transcends traditional boundaries.

As a UN PRME member, the school joins a global network of institutions devoted to advancing the values of social responsibility, ethics, and sustainability in education. This membership represents a significant stride in the journey to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate a complex and interconnected world responsibly.

UBI is a proud member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), seamlessly integrating our ethos with a community of esteemed institutions. This affiliation speaks to our dedication towards fostering an environment that nurtures growth and excellence. Our association with BGA opens doors to collaboration and shared insights, enriching the tapestry of our educational approach and providing additional opportunities to our students.

This membership embodies our ongoing commitment to the highest standards in education, ensuring that every student thrives in an atmosphere of support and encouragement.

Our Purpose


Internationally Oriented Business Education

All our programmes feature an internationally oriented business education that supports students’ professional and career development


Lifelong learning and leadership

Empower students with the knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the global economy


Contribution to Global Development

Enable students to contribute to global understanding and socioeconomic development


Our Institutional Promise


Immersive Learning Environment

Cultivate a stimulating learning environment in which international business practices are informed by the highest standards of scholarly theory and principles of ethical behaviour


Commitment to Excellence

Be a centre of intellectual and practical excellence where teaching and practice are integrated.



UBI Management

Professor Gaston Fornes leads the development of the school’s overall academic strategy, and chairs UBI’s Academic Executive Committee. As a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of LSE-IADB, Prof. Fornes provides leadership for UBI in fostering excellence in teaching and research activities. He is also a recognised foreign expert consulted by the Shanghai government and an established reviewer for EFMD accreditation processes. Prof. Fornes received his PhD from University of Bath and completed his Post-Doc at IE Business School.

Dr. Feliciana Monteiro is the Dean of UBI Luxembourg. She is responsible for the overall implementation and operational success of UBI’s strategic plans at our Luxembourg campus. Dr. Monteiro is a member of UBI’s Academic Executive Committee and Career Services Lead. UBI Luxembourg runs the BSc programme in English, supported by a team of academics and practitioners. Dr. Monteiro received her PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp. She is also a PCC certified coach and member of the Order of Economist (Portugal).

Giuseppe Bellia is the Dean of UBI Brussels. He is responsible for the overall implementation and operational success of UBI’s strategic plans at our Brussels campus. Giuseppe is a member of UBI’s Academic Executive Committee, which shapes the direction of UBI’s academic portfolio. He joined UBI in 2014 as a faculty member of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, and currently takes on the concurrent appointment as UBI’s BSc Programme Director. Giuseppe is an official member of the PM² Alliance, and is registered within the Netherland’s CRKBO. Giuseppe holds an MSc in Management (Business Administration and Management) from Boston University, and is the Founder of Beddru Contemporary Art.

Jenny Xia is the Dean of UBI Shanghai. Jenny’s journey with UBI started in 2004, beginning with her involvement in UBI Brussels as a partner of executive programmes. She is instrumental in the process of establishing UBI Shanghai, and currently heads the strategic and operational aspects of the Shanghai campus. UBI Shanghai currently runs the MBA and DBA programmes in Chinese, supported by an esteemed team of academics and practitioners from China and Europe. Jenny holds an MBA from Tsinghua School of Management and a LLB from Southwestern University. She is also an EBC certified coach, and a former Programme Director of Tongji University’s EMBA.

Programme Validation

Our BSc and MBA programmes are validated by Middlesex University London. Middlesex University London is a British university based in London, with a distinguished heritage of excellence and innovation in higher education. It is one of the top 100 Young Universities in the World (Times Higher Education) and top 10 transnational universities (Times Higher Education) in the world.