Doha hub of HEC Paris activities in GCC region: Holan

Doha is the hub for all academic activities of the leading management education provider HEC Paris in the region, HEC Paris in Qatar Dean Dr Pablo Martin de Holan said on Sunday.
Talking to Qatar Tribune during a media tour of the new campus of HEC Paris in Qatar at Msheireb Downtown, Holan said, “Doha is the hub for all our academic programmes in the GCC region. All those interested in our courses in this region will have to come to Doha. We want to expand our presence in the region through the Doha campus.”
While HEC Paris in Qatar has already attracted a lot of executives from the GCC region towards our programmes, he said, the new digitally-enhanced Msheireb Downtown campus will be instrumental in attracting more executives and companies to go for our courses.
During the tour, the media experienced the most innovative campus assets, including its HoloPresence technology, which allows professors to instruct participants from wherever they may be.
Recreating a live classroom situation, with the positive effect of reducing the school’s carbon footprint, this technology enhances the breadth of expertise that HEC Paris can bring to the classroom.
The new campus, which has full access for the physically challenged, facilitates an enhanced learning and socialising environment for up to 250 participants across four classrooms.
The green building campus, which is certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), also has a large meeting and socialising areas and a dedicated co-working space made available to alumni of HEC Paris in Qatar.
“Our new campus demonstrates our support to Msheireb Downtown, which is transforming the center of Doha and recreating a lifestyle rooted in Qatari culture. It has taken HEC Paris to the heart of Doha’s new social and civic hub,” said Holan.
“This new modern campus captures the spirit and identity of Qatari heritage and architecture and HEC Paris in Qatar. It reflects our 11 years in the country and our strong connection to the local community and our 140 years of operations in France. It shows our promise for a future with even more impact and excellence, and it is an inspiring backdrop to our ever-expanding activities.”
“Being at the center of this smart city also gives us, and our participants, access to world-class connectivity. It demonstrates our lasting commitment to leveraging technology tools and methodology to improve learning outcomes and ensure greater impact within the business community,” he said.
Welcoming the media earlier, HEC Paris in Qatar Executive Director, Partnerships and Growth Joshua Kobb said, “We are delighted to welcome you to our new home in Msheireb which embodies excellence and thought leadership, helping our participants and alumni drive the growth and success of Qatar and the region”.
HEC Paris Senior Executive Director, Career Center Jean-Amiel Jourdan said, “I am very pleased to be here today to meet our colleagues in the Qatar campus. Knowing that the skills we are teaching at HEC Paris equip leaders to effect global change, our campus in Qatar contributes to the global opportunities, offering the same level of excellence to participants and clients in the region.”