Dubai – MENA Herald: Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), a leading research and educational institution specializing in public policy in the Arab world, held a special ceremony for the first graduates of its ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ program comprising 22 mid-tier executives from Dubai Municipality.

The ceremony was headlined by His Excellency Engineer Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Dubai Municipality, and His Excellency Doctor Ali Bin Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG). Other distinguished attendees included Professor Raed Al Awamleh, the Dean of MBRSG, and senior academics and officials from the MBRSG and the Dubai Municipality.

MBSRG’s nine-month program seeks to prepare and train potential future leaders in Dubai Municipality, combining the theory and practice of executive management. The courses are supplemented with field visits to leading government institutions in the UAE to give the students a chance to identify best practices and learn from them. The program also tackles examples of the major public administration challenges that can confront managers.

Featuring lectures, case studies, and face-to-face meetings with leaders from the public sector, the Leaders of Tomorrow program includes modules on decision making, negotiation and persuasion, and crisis management. The curriculum also includes a component on “management effectiveness and efficiency” addressing the issue of balancing work effectiveness with enhanced organizational capabilities and efficiency.

His Excellency Engineer, Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General, Dubai Municipality said: “We are proud to collaborate with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government in the development of the leadership capacity of Dubai Municipality staff. The Municipality makes every effort to develop the capabilities of its Emirati future leaders and always aspires to provide them with the best environment to encourage commitment and innovation. This is in line with the vision of Dubai to emerge as a preferred place to live, work and visit for creative and empowered individuals.”

On his part, His Excellency Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of MBRSG, said: “We are delighted to witness today the graduation of a distinguished group of future leaders from Dubai Municipality on the completion of their leadership development training. Our partnership with Dubai Municipality and other public institutions represents our commitment to supporting the vision of our wise leadership to build national capacities. We are helping to realize that vision through the education and training of future leaders who will take the national development process forward. Dubai Municipality and other public organizations are to be commended for their support in enabling future Emirati leaders to continue the journey of excellence in government performance.”

The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government is committed to promoting good governance through enhancing the region’s capacity for effective public policy. The school uses a four-pronged approach, which includes applied research in public policy and management, academic programs in public policy and administration, executive education programs and knowledge forums for scholars and policy makers.