Posted on August 01, 2018

The Hamad Bin Khalifa University's (HBKU) Executive Education Center (EEC) takes pride in developing world-class, integrated executive and professional education programmes for the Qatari public and private sectors.

The Centre's core offerings are part of the academic framework of the HBKU colleges and research institutes as well as academic partners in Education City. It includes corporate governance, public policy, cybersecurity, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, sports management and security studies. In an interview with Qatar Tribune recently, HBKU's EEC Executive Director Rodolphe A. Boughaba underlined the aspirations of the institution in offering the necessary skillset. "Beyond new skill acquisition, our executive training programmes aim to create an explorative learning environment that empowers participants by imparting the necessary skillset and confidence to address professional work challenges successfully," said Boughaba.

Commenting on the Center's assessment of Qatar's market trends and current needs given the challenges and recent developments in the region and the world, he added:"The current market climate necessitates local industries to focus on practical, contribution-related impact that can further strengthen national self-reliance in light of our constant pursuit of the Qatar National Vision 2030. Local organisations seek to address this market rebalance through active development contributions. In effect, executive education programmes in change management, supply chain management and leadership have become particularly popular and pertinent to the current economy."

According to Boughaba for this year, the Center's main focus is servicing Qatar's market through a wide range of innovative programmes that tackle specific business challenges and seek to close potential knowledge gaps through proactive skill-development. He stressed that EEC is always ready to respond to shifting trends and market demands, as would be the mandate of a premier executive education provider in Qatar.

"Currently, EEC's capabilities in terms of subject-matter expertise cover a list of over 15 topics of high relevance to the local market. Each topic is further expandable into a list of potential training courses; examples include sports management with nine courses, cybersecurity with four courses and security studies with 34 short courses to-date. In response to the high level of demand for an expansion of our executive and professional education offerings, EEC's ongoing initiatives focus on the development of full-fledged executive master's as well as online programmes for the future," he further said. 

On the Centre's plan to expand its international collaborations announced earlier, Boughaba named the recent agreements of EEC with a range of new academic partners including IE Business School in Madrid, Texas A&M University at Qatar and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center for Sport Leadership. He added that their collaboration with VCU Center for Sport Leadership already resulted in the successful delivery of a Sports Leadership course for senior executives of the Qatar Olympic Committee last November. "EEC's main academic partners are HBKU's colleges and our academic affiliates under the Qatar Foundation umbrella; however, our dedication to deliver world-class education in an incredibly varied number of subjects also requires strong local and international partnerships that can supplement both expertise and resources for the delivery of specific programs," he said. 

The EEC chief also said that they are now currently working on a six-month Executive Leadership Program series that will allow participants to delve into all aspects of professional leadership standards, a week-long mini-MBA, as well as an executive course in Policy Leadership and Law. Earlier, they have conducted the Board Secretaries Basics programme, which was a first-of-its-kind course designed to target professional development and equip practicing, prospective board secretaries and board management office staff with all required tools for managing their board or committee.

source: Qatar Tribune