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41 North Business School aiming for Istanbul “hub”

A new business school in Istanbul is seeking to make the city a “learning hub” for business leaders in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, according to its directors.

Yeliz Kum Ezercan (centre) and Deniz Saral (second from right) hope to attract students from Middle East, Central Asia and Northern Africa, among other countries. Photo: 41 North

Programs will begin in December 2018 with the school's Woman Leadership Program

41 North Business School launched in October and provides courses to professionals from Middle East, Central Asia, northern Africa, Balkan countries and eastern Europe as well as Turkey.

“Turkey is a country with a bright future. We believe in long-term potential of this market “

“Our goal is to make Istanbul a learning hub for business leaders of Eurasia and the Middle East,” said Deniz Saral, the school’s founding dean.

“Regarding the digital transformation that is restructuring the business world, there is a long list of things to do for Turkey,” he said.

“It is important that [today’s business leaders] … increase their capabilities in technology and innovation to meet today’s business needs,” Saral added.

“It is important for their own career development, corporate success, and for the development of our country. 41 North Business School is established to meet this need.”

Yeliz Kum Ezercan, founding director of 41 North Business School, said the school will cater to the demands of a future-facing business culture, including all things digital.

“Business leaders want to consider proactively the opportunities brought by digital transformation, for their businesses and markets; they want to understand new technologies and see how they can adapt them into their corporate cultures and business processes,” she said.

41 North Business School will provide an international and updated program where students can make comparative analyses and gain management skills, Ezercan added.

Graduates will receive internationally recognised Executive MBA and business doctorate diplomas from 41 North Business School’s partners Grenoble Ecole de Management, and The European School of Management and Technology, and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Programs will begin in December 2018 with the school’s Woman Leadership Program, which the school hopes will boost support for gender equality, and Executive MBA and DBA programs start in June and  November 2019, respectively.

GEM will contribute to subjects like Serious Games and Experimental Learning, departments where it sees itself as particularly strong.

“Turkey and neighbouring regions have a very qualified and successful business profile,” Valérie Sabatier, director of Doctorate Programs at GEM, said.

Norbert Sack, Dean of Executive Education at ESMT added that the partnership aims “to bring our experienced academic faculty and our wide business and educational knowledge” in technology and digital transformation to companies of Turkey and neighbouring countries.

Marc Dellaert, CCL director for Russia, Turkey, Ukraine & CIS, EMEA, said the partnership is a “significant opportunity” to provide best leadership development training for Turkish companies.

“Turkey is a country with a bright future. We, as CCL, believe in long-term potential of this market and we believe that 41 North Business School’s new approaches to leadership development training and individual-centric education will be successful.”

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