Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development, Duke sign MoU to offer new postgraduate program

Published August 23rd, 2009 - 01:03 GMT

Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD) has, recently, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Duke – Fuqua School of Business for a joint initiative that will offer a Master of Management Science program to UAE nationals and students from other Arab countries. The program focuses on developing business skills and subject matter knowledge of participants, enabling them to effectively run government enterprises.

The 12-month program covers various topics in management, including Economics, Financial Accounting, Strategy, Investments and Financial Markets, Marketing Analysis, Decision Models, Supply Chain Management, Integrated Investment Analysis for Public Sector Managers, Problem Analysis, Solutions Design, Institutional Design for Sustainable Development, and Leadership and Development.

Adel Al Shared, Executive Chairman of MBRCLD, said, "This partnership complements our various leadership development initiatives, providing a new platform for UAE leaders to further strengthen their core competencies and subject matter expertise in the field of management and government service. Duke has been a leading partner and resource for MBRCLD's wide array of leadership development initiatives. We will continue to take advantage of our strategic partnership with such renowned institutions to offer world-class academic programs that are customised to match the unique leadership needs and requirements of Dubai and the UAE."

Prof. Blair H. Sheppard, Dean and professor of Management, Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business, said, "MBRCLD has been a pillar in the UAE's bid to establish a sustainable and long-term leadership development program. We consider it a privilege to be part of this noble undertaking and help ensure the development of world-class leaders, who will take charge in continuing the socioeconomic development initiatives of the country."

Awadh Seghayer Al-Ketbi, CEO of MBRCLD, said, "Our vision is to strengthen and expand our leadership pool, particularly next-generation leaders who will ensure that Dubai's future development initiatives remain genuinely in line with the ideals of the Dubai Strategic Plan. Moreover, MBRCLD plays a very important role in implementing new and innovative training modules and academic programs that will sharpen the skills, knowledge and competency of private and public sector leaders in accordance with the current and future economic realities and social concerns of our country."

MBRCLD has guaranteed two batches for the Masters of Management Science program; where 85 Arab students from different countries will participate in the first batch. MBRCLD has been established in line with the vision and directions of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; who has underscored the critical importance of a highly competent national professional workforce to ensure the country's global sustainability.


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