Dubai – United Arab Emirates: The University of Manchester Middle East Centre and Johnson Controls Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Inc – Dubai branch of a global leader for smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings - have signed an MoU for a Strategic Talent Partnership (STP) through which both organisations will endeavour together 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.

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. We are pleased to partner with The University of Manchester through a comprehensive MoU that will serve our purpose to grow our talent,” said Talal Elhalabi, Senior HR Director, Middle East & Africa, Johnson Controls.

Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director at The University of Manchester, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Johnson Controls to our STP programme in the Middle East. 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.

  The Middle East has developed into the largest and fastest-growing centre in the University’s international network comprising five hubs in key business cities around the world. It is also the most diverse, with students of over 100 nationalities. The Middle East Centre has supported more than 3,000 part-time master’s students based in the region and graduated around over 2,000 since opening in 2006.


About Johnson Controls

At Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), we transform the environments where people live, work, learn, and play. As a global leader in smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings, our mission is to reimagine the performance of buildings to serve people, places, and the planet.

Building on a proud history of nearly 140 years of innovation, we deliver the blueprint of the future for industries such as healthcare, schools, data centers, airports, stadiums, manufacturing, and beyond through OpenBlue, our comprehensive digital offering.

Today, with a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls offers the world's largest portfolio of building technology and software as well as service solutions from some of the most trusted names in the industry.

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About The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and is one of the UK’s largest single-site universities with more than 40,000 students on campus – including more than 10,000 international students. The University is consistently ranked among the world’s elite institutions for graduate employability and world-class research across a diverse range of fields including cancer, advanced materials, global inequalities, energy and industrial biotechnology. 25 Nobel laureates have either worked or studied at the University, which is the only UK University to have social responsibility among its core strategic objectives, dedicated to making a positive difference in communities around the world.

About The University of Manchester Middle East Centre

The University of Manchester’s Middle East Centre at Dubai Knowledge Park opened in 2006 and is the largest and fastest growing in the University’s international network comprising five hubs in the key business cities around the world. The Centre has supported over 3,000 Manchester Global Part-time master’s students in the region and graduated more than 2,000 MBA students. The Centre also works in regional collaborations with a range of industry groups, professional bodies and companies, and supports a regional alumni association with over 2,800 members.

Issued on behalf of The University of Manchester Middle East Centre by WPR.
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