Posted on October 28, 2018

Having gained first-hand insight into Singapore's methodical state approach to strengthening its leadership development infrastructure, participants from Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Government Leaders Program recently returned from their Learning Journey to the Southeast Asian nation.

The Journey included a special focus on the country’s social development foundations, traditional and digitaleconomy, and endeavors to build human capacity to achieve self-sufficiency. Notably, as a core component of their travel mandate, the delegation of participants met with the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Singapore, His Excellency Mr. Abdalla Bin Ibrahim Al-Hamar. During their exchange, the participants apprised the ambassador of their learning experience and discussed methods ofimplementing successes of Singapore in relatable instances to achieve the development goals of the State of Qatar. HE honored the participants with certifications of completion on the last day of the Learning Journey.

Describing the importance of the Learning Journeys, which are a staple curricular element of QLC’s National Leadership Programs, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Board Member and Managing Director of QLC noted: "These international exchanges are integral tothe Centre’s contribution to developing Qatari human capital." He elaborated, “Singapore and Qatar have a common vision of fostering effective and self-sufficient governance practices. We hope this Learning Journey would help the Centre’sGovernment Leaders in their journey towards further progress and prosperity."

The annual Learning Journeys enable participants of each program to travel to at least one key market around the world with the mandate of learningfrom the experience of other nations, exchanging in constructive discourse with their new peers, and bringing that knowledge back in the service of Qatar. During the five-day Learning Journey to Singapore – whichcame in collaboration with the Civil Service College Singapore, one of QLC’s strategic leadership education partners – Government Leaders participated in several workshops and lectures aimed at promoting knowledge exchange.

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Ms. Tina Tan, Director of Civil Service College International, welcomed participants at the opening session of the Journey. Then, participants engaged in discussions on the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a term adopted by the World Economic Forum to describe the ongoing period of industrialization that increasingly sees technology becoming embedded within societies – and the impact it has had onSingapore’s leaders and institutions. Similarly, during a tour to National University of Singapore Enterprise and another tour to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, participants learned about economic development and governance policies in addition to Singapore's entrepreneurial experiences and effortsto promote industry.

In addition to achieving economic market insights, participants had the opportunity to closely interact with insiders from a wide range of government and public sector institutions. For instance, participants were briefed on Singapore's plans regarding the transportation sector and health care policies as well as engaged in an exclusive discussion on Singapore's military, economic, and social defenseduring a meeting with the Deputy Director of the National Central Education Office of the Ministry of Defense of Singapore.

The Learning Journey to Singapore concludes QLC’s annual Learning Journeys for the three National Leadership Programs 2018-2019. QLC’s Executive Leaders have concluded a Learning Journey to the United States and Sweden, while Rising leaders have returned recently from a Learning Journey to Japan.

To learn more about Qatar Leadership Centre, visit www.qlc.org.qa.

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