38 high potential students were selected to take part in the summertime initiative, and their overwhelmingly positive feedback has encouraged Dunia, a leading UAE-based finance company, to continue with a second instalment of the programme next year.
Dunia is also considering delivering other variations of the programme across the full school year, including hosting weekend courses and workshops.
The company launched the Dunia Young Business Leaders Programme as a means of equipping a group of ambitious young people with the skills and knowledge required to become future business leaders.
During the programme, a mix of high school and university students from a variety of backgrounds, learnt how to establish, grow and lead a company, along with developing other key business skills, such as; identifying and capitalising on new opportunities, allocating resources effectively, working as a professional team, and understanding the importance of social innovation, creativity, business ethics and sustainable growth practices.
The programme, which was hosted by Dunia at their offices in Dubai Outsource Zone, employed a number of learning techniques throughout the three weeks, including classroom skill-based training, case studies of successful entrepreneurs, field trips, team building exercises and role plays.
Guest speakers were drawn from a range of disciplines and business sectors, as well as leading local and multinational firms, including; McKinsey, PwC, Aegis Media, Ogilvy, Bell Pottinger and TECOM Investments. His Excellency, Sanjay Verma, the Indian Consul General also gave an inspiring speech on leadership, job creation and diplomacy.
Commenting, Rajeev Kakar, Managing Director & CEO of Dunia Finance, said, “We are delighted that the Dunia Young Business Leaders Programme has been so well received by the participating students. They are a tremendously bright group and the feedback from the experts and entrepreneurs who helped deliver the programme, has been hugely positive. I am sure a number of the students will indeed go on to become UAE business leaders in the future.”
“There is clearly significant appetite among young people to learn about leadership and business, and as a company we feel a sense of responsibility to help develop and encourage this talent. They will be the next generation tasked with growing and diversifying the UAE economy, creating jobs and thriving communities along the way,” Rajeev added.
“I am pleased to confirm that we will be hosting a second instalment of the Dunia Young Business Leaders Programme in 2014, and to complement that, we will host a number of ad hoc activities and initiatives throughout the year,” Rajeev concluded.
At a graduating ceremony for the students, held last Thursday evening, a number of the students expressed their gratitude and endorsement for the programme.
Hassan Bello, Student at University of Wollongong, said, “I feel very lucky to have attended and be a graduate of the Dunia Young Business Leaders. The people I have met, the words that I have heard, the positive difference that has been made to my life over the course of the programme is quite immeasurable.”
Prateek Nadkarni, Student at Dubai College, said, “Three weeks later, I look back on my experience at Dunia and realise just how much I have learned in an extremely short period of time. The programme was challenging from day one right through until the end when we had to convince a panel of ‘investors’ to grant us money for our idea. If I was asked to present a business idea to anyone before I had done the course, I would have been clueless. But after interacting with my peers, the mentors, and some experienced and successful entrepreneurs, I now know a lot more about the business world, how to make a business plan and the qualities needed to become an expert in any field.”
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