About CEPPS

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.

VP’s MESSAGE

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.

Sincerely,



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
  • 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
BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES MANAGEMENT
  • 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, COMMUNICATION AND PRESENTATION SKILLS
  • Business Report Writing
  • Communicating with Impact (Verbal and Written)
  • Effective Presentation Skills
CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
  • Applications of Modern Protective Technology in Construction Design
  • Leadership and Management for Construction Professionals 
EDUCATION MANAGEMENT
  • Educational Outcomes Assessment
FINANCIAL ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT
  • 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
MANAGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • 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
MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL EFFECTIVENESS SKILLS
  • 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
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
  • Purchasing and Materials Management
  • Project Management Skills and Applications
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
SERVICES MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT
  • Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction

Consultancy

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.

Study Tours

As a major crossroads between East and West, Dubai is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and one of the busiest commercial, financial and transportation hubs. With its rich heritage and its many natural and cultural attractions, Dubai is also a destination of choice for tourists. Importantly, Dubai has also emerged as the higher education hub of the GCC region, with over 60 universities and colleges operating here and attracting thousands of students from all over the world.

Cognizant of Dubai’s unequalled positioning and the educational value of experiencing Dubai first-hand, CEPPS custom-designs two types of study tours that serve the needs of two distinct audiences: executive (corporate and public sector) groups from other countries, and student groups from international universities.


Main Features

The custom-designed study tour program combines interactive lectures by prominent speakers and faculty on topics that are current and relevant for each group, with site visits to selected corporations and/or government agencies, and visits to sites of historical, cultural or architectural interest. The tour program concludes with distribution of AUD-CEPPS certificates. Overall, each study tour is a unique educational experience that is designed to achieve each group’s learning objectives and at the same time provide participants with a flavor of the cultural heritage of Dubai and the GCC region.

For more information about our study tours, please contact us. We will be pleased to discuss your needs and design a study tour that meets your expectations.

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
MashreqBank
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)
RAKBANK
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"
January 27 – 31, 2019

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 January 27 – 31, 2019 (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.

PPP is a rapidly growing area of economic activity in the UAE and the GCC region which is now being incorporated into government policymaking and legislation. See for example the September 14, 2018 Gulf News article on PPP and the September 18, 2018 announcement by the Abu Dhabi Executive Committee (ADEC) of a “new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) law, which [will be issued soon and] will support local and international investment opportunities.”

Both the magnitude of existing PPP activity and its growth potential are huge; for example, ADEC’s announcement mentioned a “first wave of 3-5 PPP projects [valued at over AED3 billion which] will be tendered by Q1 2019.” By contrast, professional knowledge of the various aspects of PPP projects and their management is lagging behind. The collaboration between CEPPS and IP3, an accredited global leader in providing executive development and certification programs in PPP, will contribute to closing the knowledge gap in this important sector.


"BIM Revit Architecture Professional Certification Preparation and Certification Exam"
February 9 and 16, 2019

The Center for Executive Programs and Professional Services (CEPPS) at the American University in Dubai is pleased to announce the new course offering “BIM Revit Architecture Professional Certification Preparation and Certification Exam” scheduled for February 2019. Intended for practicing architecture professionals with a minimum of 400 hours BIM Autodesk Revit Architecture usage and application, the course serves to strengthen applicants’ knowledge of the key BIM Autodesk Revit Architecture topics required to pass the Professional Certification exam through intensive subject review and completion of sample exam questions. The preparation course will take place on February 9, 2019 followed by the certification exam on February 16, 2019. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. AUD is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC) to administer the BIM Autodesk Revit Architecture Professional Certification exam.

For more information about the course, and to register, click here. To learn more about the Professional Certification exam and the many benefits of certification, click here.


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