Cranfield University is partnering with the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to deliver a two-year project, training the next generation of Saudi private sector leaders.

The specialist course, which takes 12 weeks to complete, is aimed at executive leaders in the private sector. It is expected that 1,000 people will develop their skills in business and leadership by taking the programme, delivered with a blended method of online and face-to-face learning. The participants will be supported by local business leaders who will act as mentors.

Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, said: "This exciting collaboration demonstrates Cranfield's global experience and international reputation for excellent teaching. We are delighted to partner with the HRDF to develop the next generation of Saudi leaders for the region."

The Director-General of HRDF, Dr Mohammed A Al-Sudairy, said: "Through this programme, we aim to develop future leaders in the private sector. Participants will gain information and contemporary techniques to achieve optimal human development. The Academy is working to create effective leadership that has the potential to help companies become stronger, allowing for healthy competition in the marketplace. The Academy, through this programme, has achieved the identification and selection of leaders who have the ability to plan and innovate."

Dr Imran Zawwar, Cranfield University's Regional Director Middle East, said: "This partnership between academia and industry will support the Saudi Government's Vision 2030 to build a thriving economy with an ambitious nation. Our world-class teaching will develop people to lead organisations effectively and to progress in their own careers.

The first cohort of 33 participants joining the course started on 1 September. Cranfield University is the awarding body for this executive development leadership certificate, which will be awarded on course completion.


Cranfield and HRDF representatives

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