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Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has announced it will hold a leadership workshop in Dubai in a move that marks the first time the school has taken its long-established Duke Leadership Program outside the US.

The Dubai Duke Leadership Workshop, which will run in December, is tailored to the specific needs of leaders in the Middle East, according to a statement released by Duke University.

Sim Sitkin, professor of management and founding faculty director of Fuqua’s Center on Leadership and Ethics, will run the executive education course.

“There are effective leadership lessons that can be tailored to local culture and industries. Our workshop highlights this local perspective to better prepare leaders within the region,” he says.

Although this is the first time the leadership programme will be held in the Middle East – or anywhere other than the US – Fuqua has been working since 2008 to develop its presence in the United Arab Emirates.

In particular, students from the school’s Cross Continent and Global Executive MBA programmes have taken part in residencies in the UAE, meeting local leaders and visiting organisations to gain a deeper understanding of the regional dynamics.

The school also has formal partnerships with the DIFC Centre of Excellence, Young Arab Leaders, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development .


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