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Tailor-made training for future leaders

Dr. Najah Ashry, Vice President for Saudi Affairs speaks about the journey of KAUST with the KSLP participants.

-By Lulwah Shalhoub, KAUST News

KAUST held the fifth annual KAUST Saudi Leadership Program (KSLP)—a training program for leaders and academics at Saudi universities—in collaboration with the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley. KSLP aims to develop the capabilities of Saudi leaders, improve the working environment of national academic institutions, build high-level strategic professional networks and enhance self-development.

The 2018 edition of KSLP included workshops and a six-day training course for 25 Saudi female academics in leadership and deanship positions from around the Kingdom. The list of invitees included academics from Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman UniversityKing Saud UniversityAl-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University and King Abdulaziz University.

Faculty members from Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley participated in the 2018 edition of KSLP which included workshops and a six-day training course for 25 Saudi female academics in leadership and deanship positions from around the Kingdom.

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KAUST created a strategic partnership last year with the University of California, Berkeley to provide bespoke trainings for female leaders from Saudi universities. Berkeley faculty members went to great lengths to understand each participant through extensive questionnaires and interviews before the program got underway.

KSLP 2018 included two main areas of interest. Participants reviewed the latest scientific literature related to strategic planning, analysis and communication; managing teams; and drawing road maps for effective executive leadership. Participants also enjoyed an interactive lecture series offered by the senior leadership of KAUST. Senior members of the University's administrative and academic leadership spoke on the professional and technical aspects of leadership in a large, multicultural academic institution.

Faculty members from Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley participated in the 2018 edition of KSLP which included workshops and a six-day training course for 25 Saudi female academics in leadership and deanship positions from around the Kingdom.

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The program gives trainees the tools to create change and redraw the map of the local academic environment to suit the requirements and challenges of the current time period. The relationships created at KSLP extend far beyond the program. KAUST and the participants continue an open door relationship long after the program has concluded. Program graduates return to attend enrichment programs and various academic events held by the university throughout the year, and specialized meetings are held to follow up on the progress and development of the graduates in their home institutions.


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