The Center for Executive Programs and Professional Services (CEPPS) is the business and professional outreach arm of the American University in Dubai (AUD). CEPPS programs and services encompass the entire range of expertise resident at AUD, as well as a wealth of expertise made available through knowledge partnerships and alliances with leading international providers of executive education and professional know-how.

CEPPS Mission

The mission of CEPPS is to provide top quality
executive education, training, professional
development and consulting services to private
and public sector organizations in the UAE,
the GCC region and the wider Middle East.


At CEPPS, the executive and professional outreach arm of the American University in Dubai (AUD), we are committed to provide customized executive programs and professional services of the highest quality, that satisfy the learning needs of people in business firms of all sizes and in all industries, as well as people in government organizations.

Situated right here in Dubai, we are within close reach of customers in the UAE and neighboring countries. Thus, we can bring you the full range of know-how and expertise available at AUD, complemented, when needed, with the expertise of leading international providers who are part of the CEPPS knowledge network.

Through partnering with you, we can design and deliver relevant, application-oriented programs and services that address the specific needs of your organization and that will favorably impact the thinking, the decision-making processes and actual practices in your organization.

To look at examples of short professional development courses on topics in various areas that we can customize to suit your needs, please click here. CEPPS can also source and channel expertise on a much broader range of current topics to cater to your specific needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about our courses and other services, or to request a meeting. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you as a valued CEPPS partner.


Dr. Jihad S. Nader
Vice President for Institutional
Advancement and Development
American University in Dubai

Customized Courses

All CEPPS courses are customized to suit the specific needs of your organization. We design programs upon your request and according to your specifications, to ensure that we deliver professional development outcomes that closely match the results desired by your firm.

Course Leaders

To ensure that our courses add the highest value by imparting relevant skills and current know-how to the participants, CEPPS assigns the development and delivery of its courses to seasoned faculty and leading consultants and practitioners, both from AUD and from our wide network of knowledge partners.

External Consultants

If you have appropriate credentials and experience as a management consultant and/or leader of professional training and development courses, and you are interested in working with CEPPS, please email us at info@cepps.aud.edu and attach your CV.

CEPPS has openings for Executive Trainers (course leaders) to participate in the design and delivery of CEPPS programs and courses in leadership, management and related areas. For more information on required qualifications and how to apply, kindly review the position announcement here.

Examples of Past Course Offerings

  • Advertising Account Planning Fundamentals
  • Advertising Campaign Planning and Execution
  • Social Media as a Marketing Tool
  • Integrated Marketing Communication: State-of-the-Art Thinking and Practice
  • Credit Risk Analysis and Bad Debt Management
  • Bonds and Stocks: Characteristics, Valuation and Management
  • Understanding Financial Derivatives and their Applications
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Bank Financial Statements
  • Understanding and Managing Interest Rate Risk
  • Investment Analysis and Management
  • Understanding and Managing Foreign Exchange Risk
  • Business Report Writing
  • Communicating with Impact (Verbal and Written)
  • Effective Presentation Skills
  • Applications of Modern Protective Technology in Construction Design
  • Leadership and Management for Construction Professionals 
  • Educational Outcomes Assessment
  • Accounting and Finance Fundamentals for Non-Financial Managers
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Interpretation
  • Budget Preparation and Applications in Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Analysis and Decision Making
  • Information Security Issues for Managers
  • The IT Audit: What to Look for and How
  • Managerial Issues in Data Center Design and Operations
  • IT Infrastructure for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance Planning
  • Global Technological Trends: Impact on Management in the Digital Age
  • Emotional Intelligence and Adaptive Leadership
  • People Management: Evolution of the Workforce
  • Time Management
  • Building and Managing Teams Effectively
  • Effective Interviewing Techniques for Quality Hiring
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Managing Emotions and Stress
  • Management and Leadership Skills
  • Managing Conflicts
  • Human Resource Management Fundamentals
  • Strategic Plan Preparation and Implementation
  • Purchasing and Materials Management
  • Project Management Skills and Applications
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction


CEPPS provides consulting services to corporations and public sector organizations by utilizing the expertise available in AUD’s different schools and academic departments. This resident expertise covers a wide range of professional areas and specializations.

All inquiries and requests for consulting services should be addressed to the VP’s Office. We will respond quickly and set up a meeting for discussing your consulting needs in detail. This will be followed by a specific proposal for providing the consulting services you require.

A Partial List of Organizations We Have Served

Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)
Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC)
LG Middle East
Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company Limited (ADGAS)
Maritime Industrial Services Co. Ltd., Inc. (MIS)
Al Arabiya MBC
Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai
Mohamed Hareb Al Otaiba
Albawardi Group, Dubai
National Drilling Company (NDC), Abu Dhabi
Al Mansouri Group, Abu Dhabi
International Fund for Houbara Conservation, Abu Dhabi
Amadeus IT Middle East, Dubai
Nestle Middle East
Commercial Bank of Dubai
Nigerian Free Zones Executives
Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL)
Oman Shipping Company, SAOC, Muscat
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA)
DHL Express
Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co.
Eli Lilly
Schlumberger Technical Services
Emirates Flight Catering Company
Sofitel City Centre Hotel & Residence, Dubai
Etisalat Academy
Standard Chartered Bank
Valentine Maritime (Gulf) L.L.C., Abu Dhabi
The Executive Office, Dubai
H. H. The Rulers Court, Dubai
THG Sports, Dubai
Honeywell Middle East Ltd.
UAE Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
National Human Resource Development & Employment Authority (Tanmia)
General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai

About AUD

The American University in Dubai (AUD) is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1995 in the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). AUD has evolved over the years into a premier institution which offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates, and a very wide choice of majors, minors, concentrations, tracks and emphases in different academic and professional fields. For more information about AUD, click here.

AUD's Accreditation

AUD is officially licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs. The Ministry has accredited all the university’s programs. AUD is permitted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). AUD is accredited in the USA by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. AUD is approved to operate by the State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) . AUD has received specialized accreditation for its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The university’s undergraduate majors in Marketing Communications and Advertising have been accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) in New York. The Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs of AUD’s School of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Communication and Information Studies program, with majors in Digital Production and Storytelling, and Journalism, is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has granted AUD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), with majors in Advertising, Digital Media, Graphic Design and Studio Art, and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design the designation of Substantial Equivalency with accredited programs in the United States.


Upcoming CEPPS Courses

"PPP Strategies and Project Structuring Techniques"

Under the auspices of the Center for Executive Programs and Professional Services (CEPPS) at the American University in Dubai (AUD), the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, A Tetra Tech Company (IP3), will offer a five-day course on “PPP Strategies and Project Structuring Techniques.” Scheduled for November 11-15, 2018 (venue: AUD campus), this will be the first course to be offered in IP3’s GCC Executive Certification Program. Headquartered in the Washington, DC area, IP3 is a global leader in PPP advisory services and capacity building worldwide, training over 35,000 officials from 175 countries since 1994. IP3 is accredited by the American National Standards Institution (ANSI) / International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) in the USA. For further details about these PPP courses and the GCC Executive PPP Certification Program, and to register, please view the following brochure.

"Blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT): Basics and Applications"

The emergence and rapid adoption of blockchain technology has set in motion a transformative process whose scale, scope and magnitude are viewed by many business and government leaders as no less far-reaching than the advent of the internet in the late 20th Century. Private and public sector organizations worldwide are now faced with enormous challenges that arise from the pressing need to adopt blockchain technology and reinvent their systems and processes to make this technology work for them. Failure to rise to these challenges and adapt strategically to this trans- formation would put the very survival of firms at serious risk. Learning the basics of blockchain technology is, of necessity, the first step towards meeting these challenges.

Similarly, internet connectedness is rapidly expanding beyond the framework of computers and other electronic devices that are linked to the worldwide web, to a broader, all- encompassing “Internet of Things” (IoT). IoT technology allows the exchange of signals and information between people, machines, animals, buildings, and a wide range of everyday objects, all of which are linked through an integrated network. Along with Blockchain technology, IoT is another transformative force whose pervasive effects are changing the way in which businesses and other organizations generate and use the information they need to make decisions in an increasingly competitive world.

To meet this growing need to learn about these rapidly evolving technologies, and to assist firms in formulating their blockchain and IoT strategies, AUD-CEPPS, jointly with IBM, is planning to offer an application-oriented, highly interactive two-day professional development workshop titled “Blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT): Basics and Applications.”

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the workshop, issued by AUD and IBM. For further details about this workshop and to register, please click below.

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