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CASE STUDY

Saudi women’s leadership programme

Increasing opportunity

Increasing career opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia brought about by gradual liberalisation, mean there is a growing demand for appropriate leadership and development courses.

This is an exciting programme which has never been previously available to women in Saudi Arabia...

Durham University Business School’s Centre for Global Learning and Executive Education has applied its experience and skills to meet this demand. Working in collaboration with the British Council, we have developed a leadership and management programme, specifically geared towards Saudi women who want to develop their professional careers.

Dr Julie Hodges, Programme Director, says: “This is an exciting programme which has never been previously available to women in Saudi Arabia, giving them a unique opportunity to expand their management skills for use in the business world.”

Understanding leadership

The programme provides participants with an understanding of leadership and management and its impact on workers; skills for managing change in a time of transition; improved communication, organisational problem solving and analytical skills.

“The group of women that the programme has attracted are capable, determined individuals who are looking to acquire the skills necessary to lead and achieve more prominent leadership positions,” says Dr Hodges. “By collaborating with the British Council we have created a programme which is specifically designed to help these women meet this objective.”

Established in 2010, the Centre for Global Learning and Executive Education is Durham University Business School's dedicated department for worldwide delivery of distance learning and continuing education programmes.

"The programme equipped them with the right skills of leaders, the ways to overcome obstacles and make the right impact as women. It is great to witness the ability of this partnership in making an impact on women’s lives, supporting them in this exciting moment of development and giving them the right tools to develop and move higher in their careers."
Mariam Daher-El Ghaziri, Regional Manager, Social Development, MENA, British Council