HEC Paris ties-up with Thales Université and brings one-of-a-kind leadership simulator to participants

June 29, 2014 3:53 pm

HEC Paris, ranked number 1 by the Financial Times in 2014 for Executive Education, recently joined hands with Thales Université and provided 20 HEC Paris EMBA and Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management participants from Qatar with a unique training exercise on leadership and teamwork.

Known as Simlead, the Thales Leadership Simulator is an innovative training environment developed on the basis of the Thales helicopter flight simulator. By taking control of four helicopters, the objective of the simulation is to save victims of natural disasters such as heavy flooding by defining roles within every helicopter team, coordinating between two helicopters of the same team, defining an appropriate strategy for every team and communicating with the command center. The training exercise created memorable moments for Qatar-based participants during their visit to Paris for their graduation ceremony.

“We are extremely delighted to have partnered with Thales Université to provide our EMBA and Executive Master participants, while at HEC Paris, with such an amazing innovative leadership tool and an excellent teambuilding exercise,” said Professor Laoucine Kerbache, Chief Executive Officer and Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar. “I am sure, while in control of simulated helicopters, the various subgroups have polished their skills in strategy, stress management, communication, as well as crisis and complexity management.”

“Therefore, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Thales Université and we look forward to conducting, with them, additional leadership training exercises in the future,” he added.

The training exercise, which was divided into a morning and afternoon session, was conducted on 13 June 2014 at the Thales Université located at its Jouy en Josas facility in France.

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Salwa Ghorayeb
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Olfa Abidi
Communications Manager
Thales Middle East