Professor Yusra Mouzughi PhD, MBA, BA, PFHEA, PGCert HE L&T

Professor Yusra Mouzughi

Dubai Campus

Contact details

University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai International Academic City
PO Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

As the Provost of University of Birmingham Dubai, Professor Mouzughi leads the academic vision and strategy of the first global top 100 and UK Russell Group university to establish a campus in Dubai. With over 20 years of experience in the higher education sector she has a passion for providing quality and relevant education that meets the needs of the diverse and dynamic UAE and regional markets.




Yusra is a highly motivated and innovative academic leader with over 22 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector and over 5 years industry experience in large blue- chip organisations. She has a proven track record of delivering to strategic objectives and a passion for providing a quality educational offering that is relevant to the workplace. She is a committed individual with a unique understanding of both Western and Arab cultures and an ability to motivate staff and students incorporating a deep understanding of the links between industry and academia, coupled with a natural personal presence and an articulate approach to negotiation. Educated in the UK, Yusra has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Richmond College London, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and a PhD in Knowledge Management from Liverpool John Moores University, where she continues to be a Visiting Professor. She built her academic career in the UK where she worked for more than 14 years developing expertise in education management with a particular focus on Doctoral programmes. She has established a cross disciplinary research profile spanning knowledge sharing and the sustainability agenda. Yusra has supervised many Doctoral & Masters theses in the broad management area, has numerous publications in the field and is an invited keynote speaker at many international conferences.

A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Yusra is a member of multiple international Boards dedicated to advancing learning, teaching & research in higher education. These include the UK Quality Assurance Agency, (QAA), the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). Further, she is on multiple advisory and editorial boards. Before taking up the role of Provost at University of Birmingham Dubai, Yusra was President of the Royal University for Women in Bahrain and Vice Chancellor of Muscat University in Oman. Notably, she was also the first female head of a University in Oman.

Postgraduate supervision

Yusra has supervised more than 18 Doctoral theses to successful completion as well as numerous Masters theses. She continues to examine Doctoral students in the broad management area.


Research interests

  • Knowledge Management
  • Education
  • Sustainability

Other activities

Yusra is a member of the Times Higher Education Arab Ranking Advisory Board as well as a member of multiple quality assurance agencies. Yusra has also been a member of the Omani research Council and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce Education and Training Committee.