Posted on January 27, 2019

HEC Paris, one of the world’s leading providers of Executive Education, has welcomed the first cohort of the Specialized Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management (SBUM) class of 2020, at its Doha premises in Tornado Tower.

A total of 32 participants were welcomed during an orientation session presented by Dr. Nils Plambeck, Dean and CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar. Professor Wolfgang Amann, Academic Director of the Specialized Master program at HEC Paris in Qatar; Abdallah Abdel-Daem, Degree Programs Director, and Pallavi Shetty, Senior Project Coordinator of the program, were also present at the session. The new cohort includes participants from various nationalities, such as Vietnam, Iraq, Sudan, America and Egypt, with the majority being Qatari.

Participants come from diverse professional backgrounds and have different skills and experiences, which will enhance shared learning, a key component of the program. Moreover, participants come from a large variety of organizations such as Kahrama, Ministry of Transport and Communications, QNB, Ooredoo, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Museums, Sidra, Qatar Foundation, Ministry of Defense, The Yard, Al Nakhla Delivery, Merck, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Tourism Authority, United Development Company, QFCRA, Sigma Metal Industries, and Qatar University. This blend of nationalities and areas represented underlines HEC Paris’ mission to educate executives to ‘think global, act local’. This also showcases that knowledge gained at HEC Paris can not only be of significant importance for companies, but also for governmental and semi-governmental organizations.

The HEC Paris Specialized Master comprises three stages, starting with the core curriculum focused on Strategy, Finance, and Leadership and Change. Participants can also personalize their learning journey further by choosing of one of three tracks: General Management, Marketing & Sales, and Entrepreneurship & Business Development. Furthermore, the professional thesis enables participants to focus on a specific challenge related to their industry and provide detailed and well-researched solutions. The program’s intent is to enhance shared learning and to help participants acquire the vision of a leader as well as for their organizations to enable them to take greater responsibilities.

On the launch, Dr. Nils Plambeck, Dean and CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar, said, “We welcome the talented people for the first cohort of SBUM 2020 wherein they will sharpen their skills and broaden their perspectives. At HEC Paris in Qatar, we believe in continuously evolving our program portfolio and offering the best in-class managerial programs. In that regard, the Specialized Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management (SBUM) is constantly enhanced and we have recently introduced the Entrepreneurship and Business Development track to the program. Given the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation, HEC Paris in Qatar tries with this new track to further indirectly help the implementation of the Qatar National Vision 2030”.

The program reflects HEC Paris’ commitment to contribute to the development of a knowledge-based economy in Qatar and to strengthen corporate competitiveness in the region. The next intake for the Specialized Master is in July 2019.