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The University of Manchester and Aon partner to promote higher and professional education opportunities in the Middle East
SASREF Partners with Aon to Create Leadership Development Program (QAED) to Nurture Saudi Talent
 

The University of Manchester and Aon partner to promote higher and professional education opportunities in the Middle East

Dubai, UAE, 20 February 2019: The University of Manchester Middle East Centre in Dubai and Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to promote higher and professional education, research, practice development and professional networking in the region.

The university’s Strategic Talent Management Partnership will form the basis of a new collaboration with Aon, ensuring they are better positioned to share knowledge and best practice throughout their network of over 500 organisations in the region. The university is also the exclusive knowledge partner for Aon’s annual Best Employers Middle East study – the most comprehensive employer benchmarking programme of its kind in the region, recognising the leading employers who excel across a range of business-critical indices. Through this collaboration, accredited Aon Best Employer organisations will benefit from preferential rates and priority seats on the university’s Masters and executive education programmes throughout the year.

Left-right: Christopher Page, CEO, Talent, Rewards & Performance, Aon Middle East and Africa, with Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East, The University of Manchester signing a a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations designed to promote higher and professional education, research, practice development and professional networking in the Middle East region.

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre was established in Dubai in 2006 to provide dedicated regional support for the university’s Alliance Manchester Business School. The Middle East Centre now represents the entire university and all its schools, academic programmes and activities in the region. Today, the Centre is the largest and fastest growing of the university’s international network of six centres worldwide.

Christopher Page, CEO, Talent, Rewards & Performance, Aon Middle East and Africa, said: “We are delighted to announce our Strategic Talent Management Partnership with The University of Manchester. In a region where governments are embracing digital technology as a driver for socio-economic progress, it has never been more important to prioritise learning and development. This partnership between Aon and The University of Manchester will allow us to put in place a programme of knowledge sharing and collaboration, whilst providing our business partners with access to world-class educational programmes that will enable them to support their organisational goals and future-proof against impending skills shortages.”

Randa Bessiso, Director – Middle East, The University of Manchester, added: “The Middle East Centre is delighted to sign this new Strategic Talent Management Partnership with Aon as the basis for cooperation across the common interests we share in the region. Our work is dedicated to helping talented business people realise their potential through access to world- class learning opportunities throughout their careers. We believe Aon will help enrich the experience of students and alumni across our regional community through its unique HR consulting experience and expertise in people and performance.”
 
Since 2006, the university’s Middle East Centre in Dubai has supported more than 2,400 Global Part-time MBA students across the Middle East and a regional alumni community of over 2,500 graduates. More than 1,400 MBA students from the region have graduated since 2006.

The university has recently expanded its portfolio of programmes with the introduction of industry-led, part-time Masters programmes (MSc International Healthcare Leadership, MSc Reliability Engineering & Asset Maintenance) and a range of shorter executive education programmes, including the Manchester Management Development Programme.

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SASREF Partners with Aon to Create Leadership Development Program (QAED) to Nurture Saudi Talent

  • QAED is a specialized leadership development program to develop skills of SASREF (Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company) professionals to support the strategic business growth goals

  • Initiative underlines commitment of SASREF and Aon to support the goal of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to hone the skills of Saudi talent

Jubail, Saudi Arabia; March 3, 2019: SASREF has completed a comprehensive leadership development program that aims to nurture the skills and competencies of its senior professionals with the support of Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.
 
Executed over a period of four months, the Leadership Development Program covered more than 90 SASREF staff in managerial positions. Aon leveraged a suite of innovative, scientific, world-class assessment tools to determine the current leadership capabilities of the group and helped develop their leadership skills further to support the growth of the organization for the long term. Aon also provided executive coaching for senior leaders, to strengthen their long-term impact on the business.
 
Mohammad A. Jurais, Talent Development Manager, SASREF, said: “As an employer of choice, we invest significantly in people development. Our employees are our primary assets and by developing their skills, we are further contributing to a key goal of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to nurture professional Saudi talent. We identified the need for a modern and scientific leadership development program that will equip our leaders with the required level of competency to support the strategic growth of our organization. QAED was clearly aligned with our objectives and we look forward to a highly rewarding and interactive program that will boost the competencies of our team.”
 
Robin Ullrich, QAED Lead, SASREF, said:Leaders who participated in QAED evaluation are now much more well- positioned to embark upon a structured developmental pathway through professional training and educational programs, where they are in a position to develop a broad and deep understanding of issues affecting their organizations to achieve excellence.”
 
Following the review of the leadership abilities, Aon delivered a bespoke training program suited to individual needs and aspirations. A team of executive coaches supported the training activities, and the outcomes of the sessions were provided as a comprehensive organizational report to the executive management and the Leadership Development Committee of SASREF, highlighting the strengths, opportunities and moving-forward plan.
 
The Leadership Development Program meets the needs of SASREF to develop a strong pool of leaders who can undertake complex operations for the company. The development sessions further strengthen the confidence of leaders at SASREF, assuring them a long-term future in leadership roles.
 
Mina Morris, Associate Partner, Aon Middle East & Africa, said: “The opportunity to support SASREF with a truly comprehensive leadership development program underlines our strength in talent assessment and development solutions. With the focus of Saudi Arabia, under its Vision 2030 to invest and develop future leaders, our holistic approach to leadership development served as an ideal fit to the needs of SASREF and the Kingdom. With our deep leadership consulting expertise, we ensured that SASREF’s leadership pipeline fully supports their business strategy and provides them with a competitive advantage in the market.”
 
“The program brought several advantages to SASREF staff, as it increased self-awareness and underscored their stronger career prospects. It will lead to a cascade effect in leadership where better leaders will be instrumental in creating more effective future leaders within the organization,” Mr. Morris added.
 
The proprietary tools used by Aon included LEADeR®, which simulates a day in the life of a business leader and provides different challenges for the mangers to solve. The program focused on the competencies which bring about future success at SASREF, including Change Leadership, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Innovation, Decision Making, Empowering Others, Results Focus, Risk Assessment, Safe Work Practices, and Visioning & Strategic Thinking.

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