Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), is to launch a programme on January 25, 2014 that is specially designed to create an in-depth understanding of the role of energy and resources in modern life – including their influence upon global politics, the balance between satisfying our energy needs and protecting our natural environment, and their capacity to drive international markets.
HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, Ph.D., President of HBKU, said:
HBKU was established as a center of academic excellence and to lead the evolution in Qatar of a knowledge-based society. This programme will prepare leaders across many sectors who will build our shared future. It will serve our country, as well as the organisations and individuals who participate.’
HBKU’s Executive Master in Energy and Resources will integrate the disciplines of geopolitics, public policy, technology, finance, management and strategy, and will prepare participants to conduct strategic analysis, reach effective decisions and manage their operations with a global understanding of E&R issues.
HBKU is offering the interdisciplinary programme in partnership with Georgetown University, Texas A&M University and HEC Paris, each of which will provide diverse but complementary perspectives on this vitally important area. Graduates will receive an Executive Master’s degree from HBKU, and will be eligible to receive certificates of completion from HBKU’s partner universities: Georgetown University, HEC Paris, and Texas A&M University, in accordance with the requirements of each of the partner universities.
The programme responds to the needs of organisations working in areas where the production, consumption, or environmental impact of energy and natural resources may significantly affect profits or policy. Participants are likely to be high-potential managers and executives.
The Executive Vice President and Provost of HBKU, Dr David Prior, said:
The new Executive Master in Energy and Resources is a good illustration of how HBKU is building upon its rich array of partnerships to offer programs that are uniquely suited to the needs of Qatar and the region. I look forward to the launch of further teaching and research programmes at graduate level which will enhance our impact, especially by exploring areas at the interface of traditional disciplines. Our unique collaborations, clearly reflected in continuously evolving, innovative academic programs, will present many exciting opportunities.”
The program, comprising five modules over a period of 16 months, will take place in January, April, and September 2014, and in January and April 2015. These intensive modules, approximately 10 days in duration, will be taught at HBKU and led by expert faculty who encourage peer to peer interaction and dialogue. These sessions will culminate in a capstone project where learning is applied to a real-life issue. Candidates can undertake this project individually or in groups, while having continued access to the dedicated online resources available to them throughout all stages of the programme.
Professor Antoine Hyafil, Academic Coordinator of the program, said:
Energy and resources are the foundation of development in this and other regions, and their importance directs political and economic strategy throughout the world. It is vital that leaders and future leaders and major organisations appreciate the complexity and interconnectedness of this area. This programme will give participants a complete and integrated understanding which will prepare them to be better leaders and decision-makers.’
The Executive Master in Energy and Resources is designed for high potential managers and professionals who have successfully completed an undergraduate education, have seven or more years of work experience in a relevant sector such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, power-generating or energy-intensive organisations, banking, consultancies, NGO’s or government.