By Noor Nazzal, Gulf News
Dubai: Preparing human capital to promote Dubai as the world’s centre of Islamic economy will be prioritised through future educational partnerships with universities that fall under the Tecom Investments’ Education Cluster, an official said.
Ayoub Kazim, managing director of Tecom Investments’ Education Cluster, announced this on Wednesday at a media roundtable on business education with Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and Manchester Business School (MBS) that was held at Dubai Knowledge Village.
The roundtable aimed to discuss the prospects for business education in the UAE and Middle East as well as shed light on the importance of educational partnerships.
During the meeting, Kazim shed light on the importance of effective partnership in the educational sector, adding that they will be used in the future to help achieve the Dubai leadership’s vision.
“His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced that Dubai will work towards becoming the capital of Islamic economy. As education providers, it is high on our agenda and we will have future roundtables with our partners to discuss how we can prepare human capital to support this segment of the economy.”
He expressed his confidence that this will be achieved through partnerships with universities such as MBS. “We have great partners and I am sure they will be able to customise programmes and offer training that will prepare the human capital needed to achieve Shaikh Mohammad’s vision.”
The significant role that blended learning — an educational approach that combines distance learning via technology and face-to-face classes and workshops — with executive education was among the other topics discussed at the meeting by Nigel Bainster, CEO and chief officer of MBS.
“Blended and part-time learning has changed dramatically over the years. In the past, distant learning was not provided by top institutes, however technology changed that. Blended learning is emerging because it allows executives, who for different reasons might not be able to take time out, to continue with their lives and careers while developing their skills.”
Professor Fiona Devine, Dean of MBS, added that the introduction of technology to help in distance learning does not mean that face-to-face learning should be completely excluded. “Although students can learn completely via technology on their own, education is about people coming together and discussing what they learned. For this reason, blended learning is the forefront in business education.”