Education, challenges and opportunities of a fast-expanding business in the Middle East

18 February 2015

Prof. Laoucine Kerbache, Dean and CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar, participated on Sunday in a panel discussion on business education in the Middle East. Hosted by GEMS Wellington International School in Dubai, and in front of HEC Paris alumni and other various business schools, Prof Kerbache was joined by Saeed Al Muntafiq(CEO of GEMS and Alumnus TRIUM EMBA) Dino Varky (GEMS) and Tom Hodgson (Fajr Capital).

Education, challenges and opportunities of a fast-expanding business in the Middle East - HEC Paris 2015

The panel discussion began with a multi-angle assessment of the education sector in the Middle East, including views on public and private education, local and ‘branded’ international education, and the perceptions of recruiters of local campuses compared to their ‘home’ campuses in Europe or the USA. They also discussed how company structures are changing in the region, with the shift from family businesses to shareholder models, and the unique opportunities that this has created.

Prof Kerbache noted: “The education sector is a vital component to the business and economic activities in the region as it serves as a catalyst for the changes necessary in ensuring a more sustainable economic growth and development. With our long and profound experience in management education and our understanding of the business dynamics, we are in a position to tailor-fit our programs to the needs and requirements of the market.”

In terms of Executive Education, the panel considered the fierce competition between Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar in attracting the world’s best business schools, before analyzing the education investment lifecycle, including suitable entry points, business development and exit strategies particular to the Middle East.

The evening concluded with networking over canapés amongst the audience and panelists.

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