Dubai’s port operator DP World recently signed an agreement with an esteemed Dutch university with an objective mould the next generation of business leaders.
DP World was founded in 2005 by merging Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai Ports International.
The company revealed that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic skills development programme. According to a statement by DP World , the programme will focus on leadership and business management with Erasmus University, based in Rotterdam in a joint initiative between the two faculties called ‘Evolve.’
Evolve will seek to develop aspiring business unit and regional heads across DP World’s global portfolio of 78 ports in 40 countries.
The partnership will take place between three subsidiaries of the Erasmus University Rotterdam – the Centre for Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL), the Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics (Erasmus UPT) and the Executive Education department of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).
DP World Group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “Our industry is advancing at unprecedented speeds and as our business strategy develops to include elements of the wider supply chain, the expertise of our people also needs to grow and ‘Evolve.’ Our future leaders need to know how to integrate new technologies into our business model and be equipped with the right tools and confidence to think outside the box – to conceptualize innovative new ideas to help us lead the future of world trade.”
Professor Frank Hartmann, Rotterdam School of Management executive education dean, said: “DP World’s inspiring vision to remain at the leading edge of trade innovation perfectly matches RSM’s strategy on academic thought leadership in logistics management.”
The key components of the’ Evolve’ initiative include leadership development, business management and enabling industry growth. The programme will also offer international modules in countries that are critical to DP World’s business performance and success.
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