Dubai-based port operator DP World has signed an agreement with a renowned Dutch university to develop the next generation of business leaders.
The company said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic skills development programme, which will focus on leadership and business management with Erasmus University, based in Rotterdam.
The joint initiative called Evolve, will develop aspiring business unit and regional heads across DP World’s global portfolio of 78 ports in 40 countries.
The partnership is with 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 conceptualise 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.”
Leadership development, business management and enabling industry growth are key components of the Evolve learning journey that will be facilitated with international modules in countries that are critical to DP World’s business performance and success.
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