Strategically located on the thriving financial and business district, INSEAD’s fully equipped campus based in Abu Dhabi offers an immersive learning experience and curriculum that gives participants access to a global network and business degree. Discover what the Executive Director of the INSEAD Middle East campus - Roger Bassoul and the Director of Executive Degree Programmes - Samia Ali have to say about the INSEAD GEMBA experience on the Middle East campus.
With the various tools and activities designed to support professionals to reach their career goals, Head of Employer Engagement APAC/MENA - Henrik Jonson who is based at the INSEAD Middle East campus breaks down what INSEAD Executive MBA participants can expect from the Career Development Centre to maximise their professional opportunities during and after the programme.
Taking place each July, participants from the GEMBA Asia, Middle East and Europe section join together with other Executive Degree participants to complete their electives. The elective courses offer GEMBA participants the opportunity to to delve deeper into their topics of interest as they continue to expand and strengthen their global network.
The INSEAD GEMBA plants a fire in your heart, challenges your status quo in many ways, and makes you reach for more, while making friends for life.
The GEMBA is a truly unique experience. In our increasingly globalised world, it undoubtedly enhances one’s ability to conduct business across cultures.
INSEAD’s leading Global Executive MBA programme (GEMBA) offers an unparalleled experience for senior executives looking to hone their general management skills with a focus on developing a unique leadership style that helps enable careers to progress further. The programme is delivered in a modular format across three fully integrated campuses: Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (UAE) allowing participants to learn from each other and build a close-kint yet globally distributed network.
Five months into INSEAD GEMBA programme, I have been challenged from all aspects: academically, socially, personally, and professionally – all in terms of pushing me out my comfort zone and breaking those limiting boundaries. Things like managing priorities, researching, managing self and group work, engaging with wider audiences, looking inwards, and unlearning things that held me back are examples of enablers in this journey.
In spring of 2016, I created a folder in my personal files called “Project INSEAD” – which holds all what I need to know and do to apply for an MBA at INSEAD. With the momentum starting on building my application, it had to be halted mid-way for personal reasons, yet the idea of attaining my MBA never went away, in fact, it remained strong and engraved in my mind – as a component in a plan to achieve my career and personal aspirations.
Participating in the Middle East section was a great opportunity for me to get to know a new region and also understand a different way of working.
I'm a very direct, outgoing person. I had to learn patience and collaboration.