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The Indian School of Business (ISB) and Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi announced the commencement of their first joint executive education programme in Pakistan on October 16.

The programme titled 'leadership skills for top management' is currently underway in Karachi. This initiative is an outcome of the MoU signed between ISB and IBA, Karachi on April 13, 2012, aimed at bringing world-class executive education programmes to Pakistan.

'Leadership skills for top management' (LSTM) is the first among the planned series of programmes aimed at the business leaders in Pakistan. It has been specially designed to help CEOs, business heads and government officials to hone their leadership skills and drive growth through exceptional performance in a challenging and ever-evolving global market. LSTM is among ISB's most successful executive education programmes in India, having been delivered to more than 1,000 senior leaders in the last 11 years, a press statement stated.

Announcing the programme, Deepak Chandra, deputy dean, ISB said: "We are delighted to announce the commencement of our first executive education programme in Pakistan in association with IBA. As Asia rises into global economic prominence, it is critical that countries in the region and the business leaders seize the opportunity. We are confident that the ISB's strong international linkages and understanding of emerging economies will help in grooming high-performing business leaders and policy makers from Pakistan and equip them with global best practices that will enable them to lead the country in its next phase of growth."

Dr Ishrat Husain, dean and director, IBA said: "Pakistan can benefit immensely from its proximity to India which has established world class institutions of higher learning. The collaboration with the ISB will expose the Pakistani corporate managers to leading scholars and practitioners from the world and help in acquiring new knowledge and tools. Hopefully, this exposure will equip them to play a critical leadership role in the future."

The programme has been well received by Pakistani business leaders from both industry and the government. Participants include directors, CEOs and senior leaders from industries including banking and financial institutes, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, infrastructure development, power, MNCs, agribusiness as well as government functionaries.

According to a programme participant Mir S Talpur, general manager, operations, Pakistan State Oil, "I am excited about being part of first-of-its-kind program in Pakistan. With the increased economic growth and opportunities, business leaders like us are required to return to the classrooms and continually re-learn, refresh and re-asses various aspects of leadership and strategy."

All the forthcoming programmes planned under the ISB - IBA partnership will draw from ISB's network of faculty from around the world and share cutting-edge insights on various themes such as family business, entrepreneurship, business leadership, strategy and related areas.

This programme marks another milestone for the ISB's Centre of Executive Education (CEE), which has reinforced its position as one of the largest providers of executive education in Asia. Following its recent partnerships in Pakistan, Oman and Sri Lanka, CEE plans to further expand in the region to strengthen its mission of becoming a knowledge partner for the industry and catering to the business leadership needs of emerging markets.

In line with IBA's objective to be ranked among the top 10 Business Schools in South Asia and top 100 in the world, the Center of Executive Education (CEE) at IBA is collaborating with world's leading business schools. This programme with ISB is in line with that objective. The CEE plans to bring cutting-edge research-driven management learning for top and senior management, which is relevant and applicable in the Pakistani context.

[Source: South Asian Media Net]  

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