New MBA students at Middlesex University Dubai are elated after spending a weekend taking a bespoke two day team building and leadership Applied Learning Experience (ALE) here at our Knowledge Village Campus. The total immersion experience for the MBA students was conducted by Kathleen Harrison and Alan Birkett of Katalan UK. This very engaging 16 hour programme consists of tasks designed to bring out key learning points that parallel the workplace situation and provides a real testing ground for participants to develop new skills and practice them in safety. The team building and leadership session provided an ideal opportunity for our MBA students to understand their personal leadership styles, the importance of teamwork as well as giving and receiving, feedback.
Dr. Alun Epps, the MBA Centre Programme Coordinator here at the Middlesex Dubai Campus states that “We deliberately keep the information to a minimum when telling the MBA students about the Katalan experience and even looking at these images can give the game away to a certain extent.” The program helps to establish and develop interpersonal and group relationships as well as to and facilitate the breakdown of different backgrounds and cultural and barriers. Dr. Alun adds “I merely tell the students to wear comfortable clothes, flat outdoor shoes and be prepared to be challenged. By taking them out of their comfort zones, the Middlesex MBA students learn invaluable insight into themselves and the team. This will stay with them for the rest of the MBA and their working lives.”
The Middlesex MBA which was ranked as the Top MBA in Dubai by Forbes Middle East in 2012 is a challenging and yet very rewarding experience .Students can study the programme full time (One Year) or part time (2 Years) and all classes are held on weekdays 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Knowledge Village. Events like the Katalan Team Building and Leadership ALE , set the tone for what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable Middlesex experience!