It is proven that supplementing students’ learning, by value-adding to educational opportunities, enables more knowledge related takeaways for the students.
Reinforcing that adage, the Faculty of Business at the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) hosted two seminars with guest practitioners on the November 21, for students to gain relevant industry knowledge and best practices.
Khaled Al Marzooqi, Al Ain Branch Senior Manager of the Khalifa Fund, overseeing Entrepreneurship Development – Counselling & Monitoring, spoke at length about the all-round support provided to all prospective entrepreneurs in the UAE.
Khaled’s power-packed session held the rapt attention of the Business and Engineering students, as well as ensuring their active participation. He provided valuable input about the opportunities the students can avail themselves of to fulfill their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.
Many real life experiences were shared emphasizing the importance of a simple, yet impressive, idea that was funded and supported by the organization, so as to metamorphose each start-up into a successful enterprise. As a result, the students could understand the ‘hand-holding’ provided to the start-ups until they get established in managing the enterprise.
The second session was facilitated by Dipti Rane, SHRM-SCP, Manager, Global Business, SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) MENA, from Dubai Knowledge Park in Dubai.
The HR students were enthralled listening to the talk about new career opportunities offered in the areas related to Human Resource Management. She also spoke about the transformation that has taken place in the Human Resource domain and communicated the importance of continuous learning while on the job and through certifications.
Dipti’s statistics revealed why Human Resource is still a preferred career choice for women across the world, and also in the MENA region. During the session, the students were able to clarify any doubts they had regarding various areas of Human Resource Management.
Future collaborative opportunities between the AAW Faculty of Business, the Khalifa Fund and SHRM in the areas of entrepreneurship and HRM were proposed, and these included an incubation center, participation in an entrepreneurship club, sharing of learning resources, and student participation in regional and global events.
Hamda Al Hanaee, a student participant, summed up the success of the event when she said: “Hearing from the experts allows us to relate our classroom learning and also provide an opportunity to network for the future.”