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Aga Khan in deal with Harvard to train executives

AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY GRADUATES FOLLOW PROCEEDINGS DURING GRADUATION CEREMONY ON FEBRUARY 15, 2017. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP.
AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY GRADUATES FOLLOW PROCEEDINGS DURING GRADUATION CEREMONY ON FEBRUARY 15, 2017. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP.  

Ivy League university Harvard has partnered with Aga Khan University to offer a series of courses for senior executives.

The courses aimed at sharpening the leadership and communication skills of the managers will be offered at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC). The programme targets senior leaders in business, government, civil society and media.

“The courses are designed to offer senior leaders a unique learning experience that will change the way they think about leadership and communicate in their professional and personal lives,” said the founding dean of GSMC, Michael Meyer.

The first week-long course begins in November, followed by a second module in February.

“We live in an era of accelerating change and unprecedented complexity. Organisational strategies today will be obsolete if not self-defeating tomorrow. Success requires agile leadership and intelligent communication,” said Mr Meyer.

“That is why we are proud to offer an extraordinary opportunity to sharpen two of the most vital skills demanded by these challenging times.”

To qualify for the course, one needs to be a proven, or emerging senior leader with a minimum of a ten-year experience, and “be in a position that involves leading others and making mission-critical decisions”.

The programme also accepts those who have a personal leadership challenges that they wish to address as well as those looking for the opportunity “to reflect, to connect with oneself and to re-examine their leadership in a global context”.

Upon graduation, the leaders will become part of a global network of leaders from a professionally and geographically diverse class and faculty.