UAE - The University of Manchester Middle East Centre and Johnson Controls Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Dubai branch have signed an MoU for a strategic talent partnership (STP).

Through this both organisations will endeavour to help identify management development needs and enhance skill sets by tapping into the University’s regional talent pool of students and alumni, who are all working professionals.

The University already works with some of the leading companies and public sector organisations in the region under the STP framework, and as corporate partners.

The University of Manchester’s STP programme provides a framework for collaboration and engagement between business and business education. It helps identify leadership and management skills development areas, and career opportunities for potential candidates among the University’s regional talent pool.

Multiple sectors

The MoU will enable access to the University’s experience and expertise across multiple sectors for Johnson Controls. Under the STP, Johnson Controls’ employees who are eligible will also benefit from fast-track access to the University’s portfolio of part-time master’s programmes, including the flagship Global Part-time MBA, which attracts large numbers of highly qualified working professionals across the region from a range of business sectors.

The University’s STPs also enjoy access to networking and faculty-led professional events organised by the University for students and alumni, together with its corporate partners in the Middle East.

“Johnson Controls has always considered talent development to achieve meaningful employee experience that enables business success. We are committed to develop our employees’ skills and competencies while helping them grow their careers,” said Talal Elhalabi, Senior HR Director, Middle East & Africa, Johnson Controls.

Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director at The University of Manchester, added: “Academic and industry partnerships are critical and we collaborate with our partners to develop programmes to meet different company requirements such as helping recruit and retain talent, helping staff to think differently, and to motivate all employees. This STP also connects a world-class company and its employees with our regional students and alumni, helping enrich their learning experience. We believe this collaboration will make a real difference and add practical real-world learning for our students, and open development and networking opportunities for alumni and Johnson Controls’ staff.”


The University of Manchester is ranked among the world’s top 50 universities and one of the world's leading universities for impact towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The University of Manchester Middle East Centre provides access to a dynamic portfolio of part-time master’s programmes for working professionals, including the flagship Global Part-time MBA, Kelley-Manchester Global MBA, and specialist master’s programmes in Educational Leadership in Practice, and Financial Management.

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