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In collaboration with the Al Rostamani group, Pan-European ESCP opens its 7th campus in Dubai



Marwan Al Rostamani and Philippe Houze have signed the agreement to launch the new ESCP Business School campus in Dubai. Hassan Al Rostamani, Frank Bournois, Christian Mouillon and Léon Laulusa were also present for the occasion. — Photos provided

Published: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 16:41

Last update: Thu 28 April 2022, 20:44

ESCP Business School, one of the oldest and highest ranked business and management schools in the world, is about to start operations in the United Arab Emirates, with the first group of students to enroll This year.

In association with Al Rostamani Group, ESCP will open its seventh campus in Dubai, the first outside Europe after Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.

The flagship inaugural program will be launched in May this year. A total of 200 of the brightest and most talented Emiratis, following a vetting process by the university, are identified as the first batch of cohort to be enrolled in the Master of Science in Big Data and Business Analytics.

The Al Rostamani Group offered grants for the entire lot on the occasion of the 50th Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates and in memory of the group’s founder, the late Abdulla Hassan Al Rostamani, who supported and believed in the power of the education and knowledge to advance societies.

Strong demand expected

ESCP management expects strong enrollment demand at its UAE campus, given that it is a favorite destination for young people and students from around the world. It is also a testament to Dubai’s reputation as a global destination for talent, creativity, knowledge sharing and unique capacity building opportunities.

Additional degrees will soon be added in a number of areas, including Masters in Family Business Management, Business Analytics, AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Digitalization, etc., with plans for the creation of a full-fledged campus in the future.

Philippe Houze, President of ESCP Business School, said the UAE’s dynamic ecosystem and the distinguished spirit of innovation, talent development, creativity and diversity for which Dubai and the Emirates are known, make it a unique destination for our municipality. innovation in education and capacity building.

“We are particularly pleased to announce the inaugural launch of our first secondary campus outside of Europe in conjunction with the Al Rostamani Group and the advent of our world-renowned business school programs in Dubai,” Houze said.

The flagship inaugural program will be launched in May this year.  A total of 200 of the brightest and most talented Emiratis, following a vetting process by the university, are identified as the first batch of cohort to be enrolled in the Master of Science in Big Data and Business Analytics.

The flagship inaugural program will be launched in May this year. A total of 200 of the brightest and most talented Emiratis, following a vetting process by the university, are identified as the first batch of cohort to be enrolled in the Master of Science in Big Data and Business Analytics.

“This strategic collaboration that we are announcing in association with the Al Rostamani Group and with the inaugural cohort designated as the ‘Abdulla Hassan Al Rostamani Inaugural Cohort’ in recognition of the late founder of the group, will encourage knowledge exchange and bring the best in- a class education closer not only to the young people of the UAE, but also to all budding young minds around the world who see Dubai and the UAE as a preferred destination for their innovative businesses, their cutting-edge businesses technology and their educational pursuits.These acclaimed course offerings and innovative programs will drive innovation and serve the learning needs of the financial services industry, the technology and innovation hub, and the broader business community. learners and aspiring talents in the UAE, the wider region and far beyond. there. ,” he said.

“We are grateful to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates for this opportunity. We are particularly pleased that our first campus established outside of Europe is being launched in Dubai, which deploys unique and distinguished initiatives, especially dedicated to the training of global talents and establishes itself as the hub for talent enhancement and knowledge sharing at world-class educational institutions,” said Houze.

Strong inaugural cohort

Professor Frank Bournois, Executive Chairman and Dean of ESCP, thanked the authorities of the United Arab Emirates for the particularly warm welcome extended to the school in the Emirates and expressed his gratitude to the Al Rostamani group in association with which the school’s branch campus was being launched. to Dubai.

He expressed his pride in the inaugural cohort of a unique force that the school had the privilege of hosting for its inaugural launch in Dubai, a commemorative batch of the UAE’s best and brightest young minds from across the UAE. . It also reflected an impressively balanced gender distribution of young men and women, which bears a wonderful testimony to the preparation these talented young leaders had received and their continued aspiration to learn and grow, excelling at being admitted into the the most reputable world-renowned institutions. , on par with their best and brightest counterparts around the world.

“I am convinced that young people from all our European campuses will aspire to join this recently inaugurated seventh campus in Dubai as a destination of choice,” said Bournois.

We work to promote our national talents: Marwan Abdullah Al Rostamani

Marwan Abdullah Al Rostamani, Chairman of Al Rostamani Group, said that commitment to supporting education, emiratization and talent development has always been part of Al Rostamani Group’s principles.

“The collaboration with ESCP and our contribution to attracting the school to the UAE and the region will bring great possibilities. We are grateful for this opportunity,” said Al Rostamani.

“This business comes in honor of our late father Abdulla Hassan Al Rostamani, the founder of the group, as the first inaugural cohort of the school’s educational program will be named after him. He completed basic schooling and started working around the age of 14 to help the family out of difficulties.All he learned was due to his persistent determination and personal aspirations.

“And this was reflected when he established the Al Ahliya Library in Dubai in 1954-56. It was the base to build his company which became Al Rostamani Group. Throughout his life, our father gave nurturing care and continued support in the belief that knowledge and education are essential to open doors of opportunity and progress for individuals,” he said. -he declares.

Al Rostamani concluded by saying: “As one of the leading local family businesses, and as part of our responsibility and social role, we are keen to work towards promoting our national talents, who have proven their ability to progress, grow, learn and compete, regionally and globally. We are also particularly proud of the ability of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai to attract this prestigious international educational institution, and express our sincere gratitude to the Government of the United Arab Emirates for hosting this stage and giving its full support to the school. . We would also like to thank ‘ESCP’ for their trust in the UAE ecosystem, and we are honored to be part of it as it is based on our fundamental belief that education is for all.

From library to university: Abdullah Hassan Al Rostamani remains a beacon

Born in the Shindagha region of Dubai in 1931, the late Abdulla Hassan Al Rostamani believed that education and knowledge are central to an individual’s growth as they fuel the progress of societies. He gave education special attention and unlimited support as it provided everyone with greater opportunities and possibilities in life.

Abdulla received a basic education at a time when formal schooling was not yet established in the UAE. He attended Al Falah School in Dubai and taught mathematics to his peers.

He started working at the age of 14 to support his family and to change the harsh living conditions of the time. Abdulla taught the Arabic language in exchange for learning English. He believed the latter was essential to reaching the world, a language he eventually mastered through practice and reading.

In 1949, he worked as an accountant and clerk for a salary of 30 rupees (the current currency at the time) for a major pearl trader, importer and supplier; Ali bin Abdullah Al Owais, father of the famous writer, poet and merchant Mr. Sultan bin Ali Al Owais, with whom he became close friends.

He realized early on that his ambitions and aspirations were broader than work, so he opened a kiosk with a capital of 200 rupees.

He then established the Al-Ahliya Library in Dubai between 1954 and 1956, as the first modern bookstore, after contracting with Farajallah Press in Egypt, to distribute Egyptian and Lebanese newspapers, magazines and books.

In the early 1960s, he researched and obtained multiple agencies to import several devices and electronic products. In 1957, the “Central Trading Company” was opened as a general trading company, which was the first building block in the establishment of the Al Rostamani Group.

He was recognized and honored by many educational and cultural entities and establishments, and was awarded the “Distinguished Person of the Year” award for the year 2000-2001, by the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for the excellence in education. The late Abdulla Hassan Al Rostamani passed away in 2006, after a life full of gifts.

Key points to remember

• Launch of the inaugural program in Big Data and Business Analytics

• Inaugural lecture to be held in the recently inaugurated Museum of the Future auditorium with the foundational cohort of 200 young Emirati leaders named after the late Abdulla Hassan Al Rostamani

• ESCP Business School, one of the oldest and highest ranked business and management schools in the world, is about to begin operations in the United Arab Emirates, with the first batch of students enrolling this year.

• ESCP Business School has been a pioneer in business, entrepreneurship and management for 200 years.

• The pan-European institution is consistently ranked among the best business schools in the world, with France recently issuing a commemorative stamp to celebrate its bicentenary

• The new ESCP campus outside Europe is the seventh for the school in the world, electing Dubai as a new global destination for a vibrant center for innovation and talent development

• The first cohort will include 200 of the the best and brightest Emirati talent from across the Emirates, and a balanced gender distribution of young men and women

• Selected from promising young talent from the most competitive talent hubs, such as MBRCLD, the UAE Young Economist Program, and AI Ministry Delegates, the inaugural batch will provide a unique set of learning opportunities in of co-development