DP World ties up with Erasmus University Rotterdam to develop future leaders
Dubai-based port operator DP World has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Erasmus University Rotterdam to develop the next generation of business leaders. The partnership is with three subsidiaries of the university - the Centre for Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL), the Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics (Erasmus UPT) and the Executive Education department of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).
The joint initiative called Evolve, will develop aspiring business unit and regional heads across DP World’s global portfolio of 78 ports in 40 countries by offering a tailor-made maritime and logistics leadership development programme. The programme is a perfect blend of the latest research and insight of industry specific topics combined with leadership and change development. Dr Larissa van der Lugt, Executive Director of Erasmus UPT and academic director of MEL says: ‘MEL and Erasmus UPT have enormous experience in educating tomorrow’s business leaders in the complex, highly interconnected and dynamic industry of maritime economics, logistics and ports. They bring a deep understanding of the complexity and dynamics of global supply chains and combining this with the top-level experience of RSM in executive leadership education creates a unique environment for the development of our future business leaders.’
The relevance – and importance – of the MoU for the future development of business and trade between the Netherlands and Dubai was indicated by the attendance of Ester van Someren, the Netherlands’ Deputy Consul General and Head of the Dutch Economic Department Consulate at the signing ceremony.