The Petroleum Institute Now an Official IELTS Testing Venue.

The Petroleum Institute and British Council Sign Joint Partnership
 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 September 2015: Taking its mission of development and modernisation forward, the Petroleum Institute University and Research Centre agreed recently with the British Council to make the university an accredited place to hold the IELTS test, starting from the month of September 2015.

  The aim is to provide students at the university with the convenience of applying for the IELTS test within the Petroleum Institute campus in Abu Dhabi. The Petroleum Institute has a goal of becoming a world-class institution in both engineering education and energy industry research. The institution currently has over 1900 undergraduate and graduate students, over 200 faculty members, and has quickly become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East region.

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Petroleum Institute in the presence of representatives from The Petroleum Institute and the British Council, UAE. Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, President of the Petroleum Institute signed on behalf of Petroleum Institute and Mr. Marc Jessel, Country Director, British Council UAE on behalf of the British Council.
On this occasion Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, President of the Petroleum Institute said: “The MOU marks a significant milestone for us at the Petroleum Institute.  This agreement will most assuredly facilitate the development of our students as productive, articulate contributors to the culture and prosperity of the nation.  We welcome with enthusiasm this opportunity to partner with the British Council for our mutual benefit in the future”.
Dr. Murray R. Gray, PI Senior Vice President Academics & Provost said: “The Petroleum Institute is committed to preparing its graduates for service to the UAE and for international success. They need a high level of competency in English, and the British Council offers us the best tools for judging their ability to read, write, speak and listen. This MOU will enable us to integrate language teaching with testing in a seamless way to give our students the best launch possible for their academic careers.”
Dr. Muna Balfaqeeh, Director of Academic Bridge Program Said: “As the Director of the Academic Bridge program, I am very proud that this agreement will expand our collaboration with the British Council, and make the Petroleum Institute a certified venue for language testing.”
Mr. Marc Jessel, Country Director UAE praised the Petroleum Institute on the occasion and said, “The British Council is honoured to have signed this partnership with the Petroleum Institute that will provide students from the university with the internationally recognised and accepted IELTS qualification.  This partnership represents our continued commitment of supporting the leading Higher Education institutions in the UAE, by providing qualifications that recognise their ability to communicate in English, which is becoming a valuable 21st Century skill sought after by more and more international employers. “He further added, “British Council’s IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over two million tests taken in the last year alone.”
IELTS is now accepted by more than 9,000 organizations in 135 countries around the world, including educational institutions, employers, governments, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
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About Petroleum Institute (PI)
The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center (PI) was established in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates in 2001 with a goal of becoming a world-class institution in both engineering education and energy industry research. PI currently has over 1900 undergraduate and graduate students, over 200 faculty, and has quickly become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East region. The PI’s sponsors and affiliates include the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and four major international oil companies: BP, Japan Oil Development Company, Shell and Total. The campus has modern instructional laboratories and classroom facilities, and will soon host a major research center, the PI Research Center (PIRC) scheduled to open later in 2015.
For more information, visit www.pi.ac.ae
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally. 

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://twitter.com/britishcouncil and http://blog.britishcouncil.org/.

Effective Business Case Writing Workshop.

We (GraspSkills) are pleased to invite you to join our upcoming Instructor led 1 day workshop on Business Case Writing.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Program date: October 11, 2014
Course overview:

It is generally acknowledged that the Business Case is probably the most critical document to be found in the Project Management Plan. Despite this there remains considerable confusion over why it is required, its content and who should create, approve and maintain it. Accordingly Business Cases are all too often poorly prepared, if indeed they are prepared at all.
The purpose of this workshop is to develop a detailed understanding of this critical document. The workshop will ensure delegates can create and use the Business Case, in practical terms, to ensure the right projects are approved and also guide their actions in effectively managing any size or complexity of project. 
Course Includes:
  • Introduction, Overview, Examples of scenarios
  • 7 step process model for business case writing
  • Cost & benefit analysis
  • Typical business case template & checklist
  • How to prepare business case?
  • Business case writing skills, Trends, practices, principles, Errors
You will get:
  • Hard copy of course material
  • PMI approved 8 PDU/Contact hours certificate
  • Business Tea & Lunch
  • Post training support
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Program date: October 11, 2014
Duration: 1 day (8 hours)
Program fee: AED 1990 (Early price) per person will expire on 01-Oct-14 (Standard price: AED 2590)
Next schedule: December 13, 2014
Contact person: Khawaja Ali
Contact numbers:  +44-20-3393-1350/ 1-919-238-9981/ +61-290-370-232
Looking for an in house, please feel free to contact us.

Grasp Skills: # 56 Lawrence Road, East Ham, London UK E6 1JN

Employees make use of reduced workload in Ramadan to invest in developing their soft skills.

Demand for training programs targeting middle managers sees 15% increase in Ramadan, compared to monthly average, says IH Dubai
Dubai, UAE, 13 July 2014: International House Dubai (IH Dubai), a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation, has reported a 15 percent increase in admissions to training programs during Ramadan, compared to the monthly average in the first half of 2014.

The company attributed this rise to the reduced working hours in the public and private sectors, which allows more executive trainees to enroll in training sessions for career development.
Clair Hattle, Director, IH Dubai said: “Business continuity and performance are the main challenges for employers during Ramadan, but soft skills improvement for employees can bring benefits for both employers and employees, especially if the programs offer certificates with international accreditation.” 
Hattle added that these qualifications are preferred mainly by UAE nationals because they hold value in the Emiratisation drive, opening new doors to rewarding careers in the private sector.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for management programs and English, and we responded by developing a flexible schedule during Ramadan until July 28. We expect the higher demand for such programs to continue until the end of 2014,” Hattle said. “The UAE public and private sectors have a better understanding, nowadays, of applying international standards to the local workplace by investing in the soft skills of their employees during Ramadan.”
A majority of trainees during Ramadan are middle managers who are climbing up the ladder in their professional career paths. They choose Ramadan because of reduced workload in their workplace, and this leaves room for pursuing skills development programs.
Failan Saleem, Marketing Director, IH Dubai added: “We reduced the registration fees by 15% until the end of this campaign on the 28th of July, however training can commence anytime before the 31st of December, 2014. Our aim for this offer is to encourage companies in the UAE to consider this period for employees’ skills improvement.
Saleem concluded: “We take pride in enjoying a significant share of the training sector in the UAE. We notice that language, soft skills and ILM programs are among the top choices for local trainees during the Ramadan period.”

IH Dubai has been operating in Dubai for the past 10 years. It is part of IHWO, a 61-year-old body that represents a network of institutions worldwide committed to implementing high quality standards in education and training. 

Demand for Leadership training rose 15 % in first quarter of 2014, compared to same period last year.

More UAE businesses focusing on developing their leaders from inside instead of exporting from overseas says International House Dubai
Dubai, UAE, 8 June 2014: International House Dubai (IH Dubai), a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation, has said that demand for leadership training in the UAE has risen 15 percent in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the corresponding period of 2013, thanks to the rebound in UAE economy.

“There is a significantly high demand for leadership and management training amongst UAE businesses across different industries,” says Clair Hattle, Director, IH Dubai. “UAE businesses are more challenging to training companies and centres to develop up to date programmes specifically tailored to boost the leaders practically and intellectually.”
IH Dubai believes that owning proven skills and practices in leadership helps in acquiring soft competencies in decision making, coaching, issues management, mentorship and inspiration and many other independent areas.
Hattle added: “The success of the leadership and management training disciplines in the UAE can be attributed to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who has injected a culture of excellence and competence in the public and private sectors, thus setting a customized practice for these two very similar yet delicately different disciplines.”
“Producing competent management leaders in the private sector is crucial. Exporting executives to run businesses might not be the right strategy as leveraging on the current workforce of any entity is better than getting new executives from overseas who would not be aware of the market context,” emphasised Hattle.
Hattle said: “We pride ourselves as a certified centre for the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), the UK’s largest management body, combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services.”
ILM is founded on the principle that skilled managers and leaders hold the key to creating productive workforce that delivers organisational and economic success. Their qualifications and membership services combine to drive up the standards of leadership and management and improve individual and team performance. 
Hattle said: “Last year 90,000 people enhanced their leadership and management skills with an ILM qualification, while over 30,000 ambitious management professionals secured increased professional recognition and support through ILM membership.”
She added: “We specialise in providing lifelong learning and vocational courses to a large cross section of the UAE community, including leaderships in entities and we believe that this sector will be more maturing in the run-up to EXPO 2020 to meet the needs of local private businesses for competent leaders.”
IH Dubai has been in existence in Dubai for the past 10 years. It is part of IHWO which has been established for 61 years as a network of institutions worldwide that is committed to implementing high quality standards in education and training.

Hattle concluded: “Developing leadership characteristics hold the key for UAE businesses’ competencies.”

Lack of proficiency in English language is one of barriers to Emiratisation, says International House Dubai.

Of the 50 million people learning English in MENA region, 5 % do so to boost business communication skills
Dubai, UAE, 30 April 2014: International House Dubai (IH Dubai), a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation in the UAE, has revealed that more than 5 percent of the 50 million people currently learning English in the MENA region, are doing so in order to enhance their business communications skills with the goal of boosting their career growth.

Clair Hattle, Director, IH Dubai said: “Many of our trainees are UAE nationals. The courses we offer are very crucial for the success of Emiratisation, as lack of proficiency in English is one of the barriers to Emiratisation, according to many studies.”
In the UAE, nationals make up just 1% of private sector workforce. A good grasp of English language is one of the key factors to enhance Emiratisation and this could be achieved through intensive English courses conducted by experts.
Hattle said: “We at IH Dubai are highly committed to maximizing the number of UAE nationals working in the private sector. Equipping them with the right skills in English language will ensure their quick integration into the private sector job market. Our ‘National Development’ programme is one of the courses that have been created with this goal in mind.”
IH Dubai specializes in delivering lifelong learning and vocational courses to a cross section of UAE community, as well as English language training.
Hattle added that IH Dubai delivers courses that are developed by international experts in international business communication across cultures which train executives to operate in an international business environment.
IH Dubai develops tailor-made corporate language courses. The experienced IH Dubai teachers design high-impact language training programmes targeting companys’ specific needs and with flexible schedules.
She said: “IH Dubai has dedicated English teachers with business experience who push the students to achieve optimum results. The company also offers specialised English training, including courses in banking and finance, law or human resources and one-to-one specialised courses. Our courses in marketing, HR, leadership and management and accounting are accredited and designed to offer maximum efficacy to our trainees.”
A member of International House World Organization (IHWO), IH Dubai has been operating for the past 10 years, and has served more than 10,000 trainees who have progressed remarkably in their careers.

IHWO has been in existence for 61 years as a global network of institutions committed to implementing high quality standards in education and training. 

EIBFS reinforces support for UAE’s Emiratization initiative with roll out of 480 training programs in 2013

    Institute’s ‘Annual Training Plan’ to include e-learning and leadership development programs
      2013 will witness official launch of Dubai Academic City Campus
December 10, 2012
The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), the sole provider of specialized knowledge and enhanced learning experiences for the UAE banking and financial sector, has announced details for its ‘Annual Training Plan’ for 2013, during a press conference held today (Monday, December 10th) at the EIBFS campus in Sharjah. The ‘Annual Training Plan’ includes the addition of 14 new program offerings to the institute’s 480 offered courses, which have been designed to comply with training requirements presented by UAE-based banks while also targeting newly graduated UAE Nationals. The 2013 plan shows an 18.5 per cent increase in the number of training programs as compared to 2012.

According to EIBFS, the creation of the new ‘Annual Training Plan’ was based on several key objectives, which include the move to elevate the performance of employees in the banking and finance segment, particularly workers in middle and upper management positions; to provide further support and help in the move to promote human resource development trends and to support the country’s bid towards Emiratization. A major factor considered in developing the program is the opening of the new EIBFS campus in Dubai Academic City, which is strategically located within a large gathering of banking and financial institutes. In addition, the plan is also the result of a review and evaluation made on the previous year’s program. In a bid to create a plan that could meet current training demands, the institute conducted a series of meetings with training managers and HR directors from banks across the UAE.
155 training programs, representing 32.3 per cent of the 2013 ‘Annual Training Plan,’ will be offered at the new Dubai Academic City campus; 18 training programs will be offered in the Al Ain campus; 14 training programs will be offered in the Fujairah campus and three pioneering programs in the Ras Al Khaimah campus. One of the highlights of the new ‘Annual Training Plan’ is the opening of 65 e-training programs.
“We are very confident that the 2013 ‘Annual Training Plan’ will play a significant role in the efforts to raise the level of national employment in the UAE banking and finance segment. The success that we are expecting to achieve for this new series of remarkable course offerings will rely heavily on the support and collaboration of all officials, industry players and the technical and administrative departments of EIBFS,” said Jamal Al Jasmi, General Manager, EIBFS. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the officials, trainers and HR personnel who have helped in providing us input and feedback—giving us a better understanding of the country’s current training requirements for banking and finance.”
EIBFS will also be launching new professional certification programs in partnership with several international banking institutions. These new course offerings are being positioned to act as a catalyst for undergraduates and job seekers wishing to embark on a career in banking. Some of these programmes include Credit Card Management (CCM) – Certification with Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB); Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS) – Certification with the British Institute of Financial Services; ACCA Certification with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and many more.
“2012 was a good year for us as we have witnessed a dramatic improvement in our offered financial diploma and Baccalaureate programs. This strong positive response has led us to the creation of a Master’s Program in Banking, which has been designed based on criteria set by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. This new program will be offered in collaboration with some of the world’s leading educational institutions. We will be announcing this new Master’s program once it gets approved by the Ministry,” concluded Al Jasmi.
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About the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS)
The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) is the UAE’s sole provider of specialized knowledge and enhanced learning experiences for the local banking and finance sector. Established in 1983, the institution offers a wide range of both training and academic programs that have been developed to meet the needs of the country’s banking, insurance and finance sectors. Bolstered by its vision to become a leading institution that provides world-class education and training in banking and finance at local, regional and international levels, EIBFS has also forged strategic partnership with leading international institutions abroad. With campuses located in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the institution continues to remain true to its three-fold objective of raising the standard of performance of the banking workforce; qualify UAE nationals for successful careers in the industry and strengthen the country’s pool of skilled nationals.    

Direct English – Learning English in Dubai (video)

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Certificate In Succession Planning And Career Development – Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai, June 10 – 13, 2012

Succession planning has been identified as a key issue that “keeps CEOs awake at night”. Organisations that implement effective succession planning and career development ensure business continuity while motivating and retaining their talent. In the GCC region it is a key driver of localisation by ensuring that there are strategies in place to meet our challenging localisation targets.

3 Key Business Benefits:
* Ensure business continuity by planning succession into key organisational positions and preparing people appropriately to step up to leadership roles

* Identify talented employees and provide structured career development opportunities to enable them to take on higher level and broader responsibilities

* Attract and retain the top talent you need to meet your organisation’s current and future objectives
Who Should Attend?
This course has been specifically designed for all management professionals with an interest in ensuring business continuity and improving performance, motivation and loyalty of employees. It is an essential course for Department Heads, Directors, Senior Managers and Section Heads. HR professionals, People Development Officers and Career Development Specialists will also benefit from the outcomes of this course.

Certificate In Succession Planning And Career Development | Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai | June 10 – 13, 2012 | Dubai Events: Training:

Event Name: Certificate In Succession Planning And Career Development

Event Category: Training

Date: June 10 – 13, 2012

Venue: Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Details:



Certificate In Succession Planning And Career Development
General Enquiry:

Janet D’Souza

Tel: +971 4 335 2437

Fax: +971 4 335 2438
http://www.iirme.com/succession
Venue Contact:

Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai,

United Arab Emirates.

Phone: +971 4 343 3333

Fax: +971 4 343 4222
http://www.dusit.com/dusit-thani/dusit-thani-dubai.html
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Essentials Of Internal Audit -TBC, Dubai,| September 2 – 6, 2012

This course covers everything you need to know as a newcomer to Internal Audit regarding the most effective audit practices. There has never been a more interesting or challenging time to be an internal auditor. The function has changed significantly from the basic compliance and checking function it once was.
Internal audit in the 21st century should be vibrant and exciting; adding real value to the organisation and operating at the highest levels.
The reputation of many audit functions is soaring – it is increasingly recognised as a catalyst for change and a business partner. If you have staff who are new to Internal Audit you will want them to learn the best audit practices and be able to apply them efficiently. The course will introduce you to the worldwide best practice and how to apply it.

Maybe you have auditors who are returning to the function, or staff who are to be seconded to you for a period of time? You will want them to learn about the changing role of the audit function. Perhaps you work in a line function with responsibility for providing assurance to the board and need a fuller understanding of the internal audit role.

Details:
What You Will Learn?
* What it means to be an internal auditor

* A thorough understanding of modern internal audit

* Responsibilities of the function and its professional standards

* The different types of audit and how to apply them

* How to plan and complete an effective audit

* The skills you need and how to plug the gaps

* How to write a report with impact

* How to persuade management to accept your recommendations

Essentials Of Internal Audit | TBC, Dubai | September 2 – 6, 2012 | Dubai Events: Training:

Event Name: Essentials Of Internal Audit

Event Category: Training

Date: September 2 – 6, 2012

Venue: TBC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Essentials Of Internal Audit
General Enquiry:

Janet D’Souza

Tel: +971 4 335 2437

Fax: +971 4 335 2438
http://www.iirme.com/auditcertificate/course-overview/agenda/course-one
Venue Contact:
TBC – Turkish Business Council Dubai

Al Barsha Business Center Building

2nd Floor, Office 227

Dubai – UAE

Tel: +971 4 371 3327

Fax: +971 4 371 3330 / 31
http://www.tbcdubai.org
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Certificate In International Compliance: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, July 8 – 11, 2012

The goal of this course is to provide compliance officers and managers with skills that can be immediately used upon return to the organisation. You will learn to appreciate the extent to which organisations and their public officers are exposed to in the ever-increasing regulatory environment, how to identify the compliance issues that have the most significance for you and how to introduce a compliance management programme within your organisation.

Business Benefits:
* Define the meaning of compliance for your organisation and be capable of developing an organisational response to its demands

* Appreciate the relationship between corporate ethics, governance and compliance, including the market expectation of that relationship

* Know what drives your compliance exposure both at home

and abroad and understand the risk consequences of noncompliance

* Recognise the implications of corporate accountability in

developing a culture of compliance

* Understand how to produce a corporate compliance programme tailored to your own organisation and learn how to optimise your organisational structure for compliance
Who Should Attend?

This course is designed to provide a holistic overview of compliance. All professionals with responsibility for compliance will benefit by attending, specifically:
* Directors and Senior Managers

* Company Secretaries

* Compliance Professionals

* Risk Managers

* Legal Advisers and Lawyers

* In-House Corporate Counsel

* Auditors and Audit Managers

* Compliance Officers and Managers

Certificate In International Compliance | Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai | July 8 – 11, 2012 | Dubai Events: Training:

Event Name: Certificate In International Compliance

Event Category: Training

Date: July 8 – 11, 2012

Venue: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Details:

Certificate In International Compliance
General Enquiry:

Janet D’Souza

Tel: +971 4 335 2437

Fax: +971 4 335 2438
http://www.iirme.com/compliance
Venue Contact:

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Tel: +971 4 330 0000

Fax: +971 4 330 3030
http://www.jumeirah.com/hotels-and-resorts/destinations/dubai/jumeirah-emirates-towers/
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