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New education portfolio launched to accelerate growth and development in Malaysia
Innovative programmes will bring 100s of Malaysian SME and corporate leaders to Oxford to help drive the country’s future economic success.

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, has launched a major business education portfolio to build the capabilities and skills needed to meet Malaysia’s ambitious plans for economic growth and respond to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. This initiative is supported by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) of the Malaysian Government, and the GREAT Britain Campaign, led by the Department for International Trade.

The portfolio has been developed especially for Malaysia by Oxford Saïd, in partnership with leading Malaysian training provider K-Pintar, and responds to the key themes and learning needs identified by business leaders from SMEs and corporates in that country.

The Leadership 4.0 portfolio initially comprises three main elements:

The Oxford SME Exponential Learning Lab has been designed specifically for leaders in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop solutions to the challenges and opportunities presented by a complex mix of technological and social advances, geopolitical changes, established and emerging markets, and an increasingly mobile talent pool. Key to this programme is the objective of creating impact at scale. Between 100 and 150 SME leaders will attend each week-long programme in Oxford, with the aim of developing individuals at the same time as shaping the future SME ecosystem that Malaysia needs for success.

The Oxford Leadership 4.0 Programme is aimed at senior leaders in large corporations, multinational and international companies. It will transform their understanding of the critical role that leadership plays at the individual, organisational and systemic level in the context of the fourth industrial revolution and the advent of ‘Industry 4.0’.

In addition, Oxford Saïd will bring subject-matter experts to Malaysia for a series of Masterclasses on key themes including the future of work, brand and innovation.

Elaine Heslop, Director of Custom Executive Education, Saïd Business School, said: ‘The launch of the Leadership 4.0 Portfolio in Malaysia further demonstrates Oxford’s ability to provide Corporate Education that creates shareholder and stakeholder value, at scale across the globe, and continues our work with governments to accelerate public policy execution and national competitiveness. Malaysia is adopting an enlightened and proactive approach to dealing with emerging challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, recognising the importance of life-long learning, and the value of innovative educational interventions that drive outstanding performance at the level of the individual, the business, and the nation.’

Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, UK Department for International Trade, said: ‘The UK is home to world-leading education expertise and it’s welcome to see this recognised through the Saïd Business School and K-Pintar collaboration. Executive training programmes like this are essential to equipping business leaders with skills they need to drive future growth and economic success. As an international economic department, we are committed to promoting trade and investment ties with high performing economies like Malaysia as we look to global opportunities beyond Europe.’


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As Director of Custom Executive Education, Elaine is responsible for the portfolio of clients that the School delivers Custom Executive Education to throughout the world.