The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq), a Qatar Foundation partner, recently held its first ever industry-led Future Leaders Academy for aspiring leaders from throughout Education City.
The Future Leaders Academy was designed to help aspiring leaders unleash their potential and introduce them to essential leadership and management skills. The programme was opened to students from other Education City campuses to support Tamuq’s multiversity initiative. More than 100 students from across Education City registered for the event and 57 were accepted into the programme.
The Future Leaders Academy included four professional development courses: Principles of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Managing Financial Resources, and Project Management. Leaders from top-notch industry partners such as Qatargas, EY and Tafawoq-Qatar Shell facilitated the courses. The modules were distributed throughout the week.
James Badjie, a Hamad Bin Khalifa University student who participated in the programme, said, “This programme provided a unique opportunity for me to learn from first-hand experiences and case studies designed by industry experts ranging from entrepreneurship to project management and consulting.”
Tamuq student, Vishmi Singhapura, said, “Through this workshop I was exposed to many topics surrounding commerce and field work. It was a brilliant opportunity to share my ideas with others and to meet students of various majors. I hope to carry the knowledge I have obtained through this academy with me.”
Beena Debnath, another Tamuq student participant, said, “It was really new to me as I did not know many things about financing or investments. It gave me an idea of how to deal with problems while working in a team of unknown people, preparing us for the future. It was an amazing opportunity to connect with the different Education City university students and of course the instructors from different professional backgrounds.”
The week concluded with a networking session, during which the facilitators expressed their appreciation for the active participation of all the students. Even
though it was done virtually, the industry presenters said that the students demonstrated their interest and commitment through their attendance and participation in all tasks and activities that were provided to ensure student engagement and productive learning experience.
Tamuq dean Dr Cesar Octavio Malave said, “The Center for Teaching and Learning aspires to continuously engage with our industry partners by offering similar programmes in the future that will enrich our Aggies’ technical and leadership skills beyond the core engineering curriculum and allow them to experience multidisciplinary environment thanks to students participating from other Education City campuses. It is our university’s strategic vision that multiversity programmes such as the Future Leaders Academy will help build the human capital that will serve Qatar in the long run.”