An Executive in Abu Dhabi at INSEAD

Posted By SWatts on Dec 31, 2014 |

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An Executive in Abu Dhabi at INSEAD

Of INSEAD’s three campuses, the Abu Dhabi campus is the school’s newest and is open only to executive education students and students in the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA).

Abu Dhabi has expanded into a large metropolis, making up well over 50% of the United Arab Emirates’ GDP. Not only is Abu Dhabi rich in natural resources such as oil and gas; it has also birthed a prosperous industry for retail, real estate and tourism. The improving city infrastructure and its central positioning on a port to the Persian Gulf have made Abu Dhabi a central state for economic development. The Middle East’s increasingly impactful role in the global economy inspired INSEAD to choose Abu Dhabi as the home of the school’s third campus.

INSEAD’s GEMBA program is divided into geographic sections across the world. While students attend all three INSEAD campuses in Singapore, France and Abu Dhabi, students whose main campus is Abu Dhabi spend six weeks on the Abu Dhabi campus, four to six weeks on the Singapore campus, and two to three weeks on the France campus, giving students the opportunity to meet and connect with sister students at other INSEAD campuses.

Besides GEMBA, INSEAD offers over 45 open enrollment programs and over 120 customized executive education programs. At the Abu Dhabi campus, these programs have included Transition to General Management, which equips senior managers to master the move from specialized to general management through decision making and leadership skills; Blue Ocean Strategy, which helps students create “blue oceans” of market space with minimized competition in a world presently characterized by cutthroat marketing and diminishing profit pools; and Finance for Executives, which introduces non-financial expert executives to a comprehensive plate of necessary basics about value-based management and strategic decision makings. Other open programs are region-focused or industry-focused, or include topics such as marketing, sales, family business, operations management, leadership, top management and strategy. Executive education students may also attend the INSEAD LIVE Series, a series of webinars presented by INSEAD professors and some of the world’s top thinkers on topics that will impact tomorrow’s businesses.

While the official language of Abu Dhabi is Arabic, fluent English is a prerequisite for all INSEAD applicants.