KFH-Bahrain, InJaz launch mentor programme
Manama, July 5, 2011
KFH-Bahrain, a major Islamic bank, and InJaz Bahrain, a non-profit youth development organisation, launched a programme that provides an opportunity for students to connect with mentors who are informed about the corporate world.
The sixth annual Bahrain Sophia Antipolis Mentorship Programme aims to ease the transition from academic knowledge to entrepreneurship spirit, a statement said.
This year, Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain (KFH-Bahrain) is sending a group of twelve Bahraini students on an intensive leadership training course to Sophia Antipolis Science and Technology Park located in the South of France, which is considered one of the largest and most important science and technology parks in Europe.
The students are selected by InJaz-Bahrain based on a criterion of academic excellence, distinctive scholastic track record, and perfection of both the Arabic and English language, achieving personal success in interviews in addition to other high standards that ensure the readiness of the participants to attend this unique programme.
Shaikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, executive director of InJaz-Bahrain, praised the quality of the programme, which provides the opportunity for the students to visit various types of companies and organisations.
The students will also have the opportunity to groom their leadership and managerial skills and gain various qualities such as self confidence, independence, team work, networking and other essential attributes.
“The benefits and knowledge achieved by the students who have participated in the programme in the preceding five years has been the main driver to continue the annual programme event as the experience has helped shape the students’ path in becoming future entrepreneurs and business leaders for the Kingdom,” said Abdulhakeem Alkhayyat, managing director and CEO of KFH-Bahrain.
“As with previous years, the students will be immersed in the global institutions, universities and research centres at Sophia Antipolis, and there will be many activities including interactive seminars on various topics such as leadership and management aimed to develop and nurture the students' skill set to prepare them for the upcoming stages of their academic and professional lives,” he added.
Throughout the mentorship programme, students will interact with professionals, academics and CEOs from these various centres as well as from science and technology related organisations.
They will gain the important experience of meeting world renowned personalities from scientific and industrial corporations, who will be dedicated to helping the students strengthen their ability to innovate through sharing industry expertise, refine their skills and provide the opportunity for valuable networking.
Meeting in groups and on an individual basis, students will also visit various companies to gain in-depth experience of a high-level corporate work environment. It is anticipated that the group will develop strong relationships that will forge a team spirit over the course of the Programme.
Philippe Mariani, coordinator of the programme and senior manager at KFH-Bahrain said: “These relationships can form a valuable network for the future.”
“The life span of the group will be extended beyond the programme and will be blended with the previous groups of students to maximize longer term learning opportunities,” Mariani added.
KFH-Bahrain and InJaz Bahrain have completed the selection process for the 2011 group of students who are currently preparing for this year's programme which is set to start soon, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service