INSEAD attracts 75 MBA students from around the world to the first career forum in the region
The first INSEAD career forum and gala dinner marked the completion of the first Abu Dhabi module of INSEAD’s signature MBA programme.
H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, closed the INSEAD Abu Dhabi campus first career forum on March 24, 2013, which aims to open job opportunities in the Middle East for INSEAD’s MBA and Executive MBA talent from Europe and Asia.
The one-day event held at the Sofitel Hotel, attracted 75 MBA students, alumni and Executive MBA participants representing more than 25 nationalities. A total of 28 companies, both global and local, including the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), AT Kearney, Aramex, Booz & Co, Chalhoub Group, Citigroup, GE, Masdar, Tanfeeth and Waha Capital exhibited at the event, opening their lines of communication with graduating MBA students. Known around the world for its high calibre graduates, companies were keen to tap into the growing body of talent graduating from the INSEAD MBA and Executive MBA programmes.
“The fair has created a positive climate for interaction and partnership between INSEAD and the business community in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. I appreciate the potential of this Career Fair for providing our economy with highly skilled, well-trained and productive graduates.
By attending such events, employers strengthen their understanding of the world-class quality of INSEAD’s education and training, which makes INSEAD graduates particularly attractive to employers throughout the world. Recognizing the themes of the business community in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates, students are able to appreciate the ways in which their own education and training complements the concerns of international businesses.” — H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, speaking at the gala dinner, attended by participants of the Abu Dhabi module of the MBA programme and corporate and government VIP’s.
“Our graduates traveled from all over the world for this career forum as many are keen to explore the opportunities offered in the UAE and the region. We hope in the future, this will be one of the key events on our students’ and alumni calendar. It is an excellent way for our alumni to network with others from around the world, as well as connecting them with key employers which INSEAD is partnering with for this event.”
This Career Forum is the first of its kind for INSEAD and Abu Dhabi and will therefore have a different flavour from other career services events held here. The companies involved have been keen to access INSEAD’s pool of talent and explore the different roles that our graduates can play in their organizations.” — Peter Zemsky, Interim Dean, the Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation, opening the event.
During the forum, students presented their projects on 17 different topics including;
- Challenges and opportunities in leveraging female talent in the region
- Abu Dhabi as a major player and future energy mix portfolio
- Importance and implications of Islamic banking in the GCC
- UAE as a transportation hub
- Sovereign Wealth funds (Activities & Politics)
- UAE as a home for high tech industries
- Implications for Arab Spring for Economic Development
“The Abu Dhabi government aspires to transform the Emirate into an innovative knowledge based economy, which is why we are offering our students some of the best education systems in the world. Abu Dhabi will soon be considered an education hub.
ADEC supports initiatives taken to transform education into one that helps stimulate intellectual growth, promotes talent and helps fit our students into globally competitive market positions that are and will be in demand. It is events like these that help offer our students equal market opportunities and we are pleased to hear that INSEAD is involved in helping us accomplish that vision.” — H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
By bringing MBA students to the UAE, INSEAD aims to enhance their knowledge of business practices in the region and help them to network with local and international organisations based in the UAE and the region. Since January, they have been meeting with major local and regional business leaders as well as gaining first-hand insight into the local and regional economy using a series of region-specific case studies.