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Kanaan on EMBA
A Platform for Exchange

In the new globalized knowledge- based economy, businesses are struggling on many fronts. From increased complexity of information to the developments of new innovative markets coupled with a meteoric technical revolution. “As a result,” says Emile Kanaan, Manager of Executive Business Education at the Faculty of Business and Management, “the business world is entering a new paradigm; a paradigm that we, at the University of Balamand, are committed to prepare our students for to tackle an unprecedented change.”
The Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) program at the University of Balamand, says Mr. Kanaan, will help students become aware of the effectiveness of their leadership at work, and will equip students with a broader perspective developed via exposure to different industries, disciplines and approaches.

“Our executive candidates are passionate learners. They bring with them an array of experiences from different industries, different careers and different countries.” That, he argues, “makes our EMBA a platform for exchange.”

Emile Kanaan has recently returned to Lebanon after a 30-year stint in Australia where he held senior executive roles at a number of global organizations. Holder of a master’s in commerce from the University of Western Sydney, he is currently engaged in researching the leadership qualities of Lebanese migrants in the West.

Since joining Balamand in 2014 as Manager of Executive Business Education, his role has been to promote the University of Balamand as a center of excellence in business education, in Lebanon and the Middle East. He says he wanted to fulfil his dream to come back to his homeland and serve his country through education.  “I share with Balamand the same passion for continuous education”, he said.

Following his long career in Australia, Mr. Kanaan says that he finds himself as a preacher, teacher and a researcher, because he believes in the importance of sharing his experience with students.

His philosophy as a teacher is that teachers need to prepare students to apply the learning objectives they learn in a classroom setting to real-life and complex situations.  The EMBA lecturers, says Mr. Kanaan, “are subject matter experts in their fields; they deliver actionable knowledge based on real learning and experiences.”
He lists the EMBA principles in this fashion: Enlightening experience, a platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas, systematic thinking, best practices, challenging to attain, up- to-date and relevant experience, learning enjoyment, competencies’ enhancers.
Mr. Kanaan believes that EMBA students will gain self-confidence in assessing options and making hard decisions. The program, he says, will equip students with analytical skills to question the status quo and value each decision’s impact on the entire organization. “This will allow students to become effective leaders and strategic thinkers.”

The EMBA program, says Mr. Kanaan, will offer many job opportunities for the candidates who can become mentors with leadership qualities, and effective executives with a sound business knowledge and global awareness, and can serve as a link in a regional network for sharing best practices.
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