Abdulaziz bin Humaid Leadership Programme receives 496 applications

AJMAN: The Abdulaziz bin Humaid Leadership Programme, ALP, an initiative that aims to empower talented young individuals with essential leadership qualities, has received a total of 496 applications during its registration period, which closed on 7th June.

The 2014-15 edition of the ALP has been the first to invite applications from all GCC nationals between 25 and 35 years old. 389 applications were received from the U.A.E., 50 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 31 from Oman, 16 from Bahrain, and 10 from Kuwait.

The next stage of the application procedure, the interview process, commenced this month following the closure of the registration period, which had been extended for one week because of high interest in the programme.

Out of the 496 applicants, 115 have been selected to advance to the interview stage. Each interview lasts around 30 minutes per candidate, and is being personally conducted by ALP committee members.

Commenting on this process, Faisal Al Nuaimi, Head of the Committee at the ALP, said, “It is no surprise that the quality of interviews from candidates aspiring to join the second cycle of the Abdulaziz bin Humaid Leadership Programme has been very high but even so, we have seen our expectations surpassed.

The young people I have met from the GCC countries have really shone through their creativity, innovation, determination and initiative to gain modern knowledge particularly, effective leadership skills.” Following the interviews, the next stage in the application process will be to filter 40 successful candidates who will be invited to sit the final stage of the application process, a three hour written examination in English. Those who proceed successfully through the test will be invited onto the six-month long ALP, beginning in September, with graduation set for March 2015.