The first cohort of delegates with staff from the Centre for Leadership Studies

The first cohort of delegates with staff from the Centre for Leadership Studies

From Sharjah to Exeter

 Leadership experts at the University of Exeter have welcomed the first cohort of delegates from the civil service of Sharjah to the campus. The 22 government officials are here to develop their leadership skills as part of a collaborative initiative between the Universities of Exeter, Sharjah and Singapore.

Rosemary Jackson, Professional Network Director at the Centre for Leadership Studies, said: 'Exeter was one of the pioneers in leadership studies and works with leaders and senior managers in sectors ranging from business and education to charities and government. The scope of our work is regional, national and international. As well as helping managers in the South West to become better leaders, we also work with organisations in the USA, Asia, Europe and now Sharjah as well as other Emirate countries. The University has long-standing links with Sharjah so we are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to work with its government.'

The leadership programme will last around one year and will equip participants with tools, skills, and knowledge in order to lead their Government departments effectively and efficiently in line with best practice from all over the world, and to implement best governmental practices and improve decision-making capabilities.

Fareed Al-Amiri, Acting Director of the Center of Continuing Education & Community Services, at the University of Sharjah explained, ‘’The programme will help towards building a 'talent pool' of people with different backgrounds and experience to become future leaders in Sharjah Government departments. After a rigorous selection procedure that reduced 270 potential delegates to just 22, we know that only the best have been chosen for this special opportunity.’’ 

The University of Exeter enjoys strong links with Sharjah. The Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, completed his PhD at Exeter in the 1980s. His Highness is the single biggest benefactor in the University's History having funded new academic posts and new buildings, including the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

Date: 16 April 2008

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