November 12th, 2017, Dubai (UAE): The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Dubai (RCSI-Dubai), an international leader in healthcare education, hosted a two-day executive leadership programme aimed at women in the healthcare industry from across the Gulf to support with their professional development.
Held at Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre in Dubai Healthcare City, the Women in Leadership programme provided the tools for women who wish to advance their learning, develop a compelling leadership vision, build self-confidence, create a strong personal brand and understand and leverage personal strengths so they can be better positioned to make an impact in their organizations.
Dr. Pauline Connolly, Programme Director, RCSI-Dubai said: “Whilst women make up a large number of healthcare professionals, I believe it’s important to encourage more females to take up leadership roles in the industry. Numerous of studies have shown that diversity leads to stronger business results and by supporting the development of these skills, whether through our Masters Degree or dedicated executive leadership development programmes, we are committed to making a difference in the Middle East.”
The World Bank estimates that over the next decade 75% of jobs in the MENA region will be created by women and according to the Harvard Business Review (February 2016) profitable firms that increased the number of women in corporate leadership roles experienced a 15% increase in profitability.
With 75% of its students being female since the institution opened in 2005, RCSI-Dubai is supporting recent trends and predictions of women in leadership roles. The World Bank estimates that over the next decade 75% of jobs in the MENA region will be created by women and according to the Harvard Business Review (February 2016) profitable firms that increased the number of women in corporate leadership roles experienced a 15% increase in profitability. With over 100 female students studying at RCSI-Dubai today and 40% of them Emirati nationals, RCSI-Dubai expects this to lead to further representation of women in senior leadership healthcare roles.
RCSI alumni and winner of the Inspirational Woman of the Year, Arab Woman Award 2016, Dr Alia Qassimi and Professor of Molecular Hematology & Dean for Wellbeing & Happiness, Dr Laila Al Suwaidi, spoke on the first day of the two-day programmes about their personal leadership journeys and the challenges and wins they experienced to get to where they are now.
Established in 2005, RCSI-Dubai offers a Masters Degree in Healthcare Management and a Masters Degree in Quality and Safety in Healthcare – these programmes are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education and by the National University of Ireland (NUI), Ireland’s largest university.
For further information on the courses, please visit www.rcsileadership.org/UAE or call +971 4 375 2116.
RCSI is ranked in the top 2% of institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016-2017). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide.