University of Bradford to host 'Leadership in the Age of Digital Era' workshop for education industry professionals

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 14:56 hrs
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New Delhi: With an aim to initiate a discussion with influencers of students, the UK based University of Bradford will be organizing the ‘Leadership in the Age of Digital Era’ workshop on 23rd November at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi.

The workshop will be led by Professor Vishanth Weerakkody, who is the Associate Dean at the University’s Faculty of Management and Law. It will focus on the need for leadership skills in a world that is moving forward at such a great pace and will emphasize on how leadership should be a part of the training modules of all educational institutions and should be promoted in organizations via professional development activities.

The event will witness participation from school counselors, school leaders, recruitment agents, representatives from various universities, corporates and financial institutions. The focus of the workshop will be on making the participants understand the different styles of leadership and educate them about the skills and attributes that good leaders possess. The workshop would also help them in recognizing the potential that disruptive technologies possess and assess the impact that they may have on leaders and their organizations.

As per Professor Weerakkody, “Becoming a successful leader in the age of digital era is not a straight forward journey, no matter your background. It demands the ability to spearhead transformative change that disrupts established organisational norms and culture and personal traits that can inspire others to share your common vision. This workshop is designed for those in, or aspiring to, a leadership position and will allow the participants to reflect on key themes they need to recognise when leading organisations in the age of digital era.” During this session, Professor Weerakkody will help the participants understand how to nurture innovative thinking and behaviour, and the management of outcomes rather than resources.

The workshop will be a part of the ‘India Engagement Symposium’, which is being organized by University of Bradford in order to initiate a dialogue with influencers of students from the National Capital about the key offerings of University of Bradford and why Indian students should opt for it. The event will be held from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. All the participants of the ‘Leadership in the Age of Digital Era’ workshop will receive a Certificate of Participation at the end of the session.

India is a fast growing economy and investing in leadership at this moment is like setting money aside for the future. More than 50% of India’s population is under the age of 25; hence the crucial need for leadership skill inculcation amongst the youth. The need of the hour is to identify Indians with the potential of being a leader and aid their growth so as to support the growth of the country too.

Professor Vishanth Weerakkody says, “Leading private sector organisations and governments across the world are already exploiting disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Block Chain to out-innovate and out-execute established standards and outperform their competition. This workshop is a small step by University of Bradford make the leaders of the Indian education industry appreciate the arguments and counter arguments for and against disruptive technologies and find answers to burning questions such as “will I be left behind if I don’t embrace disruptive technologies.”

Apart from the Leadership workshop, the India Engagement Symposium will witness a talk by the University’s Vice Chancellor Mr Brian Cantor as well as a presentation by Mr Mark Garratt (Director of External Affairs, University of Bradford) outlining why Indian students should choose Bradford as a university.

University of Bradford is one of the world’s great technology universities with over 50 years of cutting edge research experience that tackles the major global challenges of the current times. Located in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, it was originally formed in 1832 as a Mechanics Institute and was later given the University status in 1966 wherein it became Britain's 40th University. In 2015, it was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The University's mission is ‘Making Knowledge Work’ – making a real difference to people’s day-to-day lives is at the heart of all that the University does.

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