The Cen­ter of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion at AUK in­tro­duces first ex­ec­u­tive Mini MBA Pro­gram

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The Cen­ter of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion (CCE) at the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Kuwait (AUK) an­nounced the grad­u­a­tion of its first group of pro­fes­sion­als from the Mini MBA Pro­gram. The pro­gram was launched in Novem­ber 2016 in part­ner­ship with BE­YOND Con­sult­ing and Train­ing, (a com­pany based in Le­banon that of­fers pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment ser­vices in the MENA re­gion. The ob­jec­tive of the pro­gram was to train pro­fes­sion­als on a wide spec­trum of com­pe­ten­cies that grant them com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages within the Busi­ness mar­ket.

The Mini-MBA Pro­gram is de­signed to pro­vide pro­fes­sion­als with the es­sen­tial the­o­ries, prac­tices and tech­niques needed to suc­ceed in their pro­fes­sional roles. Over a 5-day course, the pro­gram pro­vides an ex­pe­ri­en­tial overview of five key ar­eas in busi­ness op­er­a­tions; strate­gic plan­ning, fi­nance func­tions, mar­ket­ing strate­gies; lead­er­ship roles and hu­man cap­i­tal.

Buthaina Al-Khubaizi, Di­rec­tor of CCE, ex­plained that the CCE/BE­YOND Ex­ec­u­tive Mini MBA Pro­gram does not only pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of each of the five key busi­ness com­pe­ten­cies, but also iden­ti­fies their in­ter­de­pen­den­cies. Khubaizi ex­plained that the idea of of­fer­ing a Mini MBA Pro­gram was in­spired by the suc­cess of the Emerg­ing Lead­ers cer­tifi­cate pro­gram, which CCE has been run­ning for three suc­cess­ful years. “Through both pro­grams, CCE tries to of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness man­agers and emerg­ing lead­ers to re­flect and re­cal­i­brate, al­low­ing them to dis­rupt old pat­terns and dis­cover new ap­proaches to man­age­ment and lead­er­ship,” she said.

The CCE Ex­ec­u­tive Mini MBA Pro­gram is de­signed for pro­fes­sion­als who wish to gain the busi­ness skills of­fered in tra­di­tional MBA pro­grams with­out the time and costs in­curred by pur­su­ing an MBA de­gree. The pro­gram em­ploys tech­niques and method­olo­gies that are typ­i­cally cov­ered in MBA pro­grams, while uti­liz­ing David Kolb Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Cy­cle learn­ing model (heavy em­pha­sis on prac­tice, sim­u­la­tions, role-plays, case stud­ies and video­tap­ing ex­er­cises drawn from the real work en­vi­ron­ment, and job re­al­i­ties and sit­u­a­tions.)

The Mini MBA Pro­gram was con­ducted by in­struc­tors who are ex­perts on the dif­fer­ent busi­ness do­mains in­clud­ing, or­ga­ni­za­tional strate­gic plan­ning, lead­er­ship styles and be­hav­iors, ac­count­ing and fi­nance, mar­ket­ing strate­gies, and hu­man re­sources man­age­ment.

Upon their com­ple­tion of the Mini MBA Pro­gram, the par­tic­i­pants re­ceived pro­fes­sional cer­tifi­cates from CCE at a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held on the cen­ter’s premises in Novem­ber. Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, Khubaizi an­nounced the launch of CCE’s “Emerg­ing Lead­ers” Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gram 2017, which is ex­pected to start midFe­bru­ary 2017. The “Emerg­ing Lead­ers” pro­gram was de­vel­oped in early 2014 to of­fer an in­tro­duc­tory model on lead­er­ship and cover sub­jects such as Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the Work­place, Build­ing and Lead­ing High Per­for­mance Teams, Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion, Ex­cep­tional Cus­tomer Care, Cre­ative Prob­lem Solv­ing, Mo­ti­va­tional Lead­er­ship, Achiev­ing Suc­cess­ful Re­sults, Hu­man In­tel­li­gences and Well­be­ing and Carv­ing the Leader Within.

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Course In­struc­tor Joseph Maalouf

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