Face to Face Workshop on Strategic Planning and Risk Management: An Integrated approach for Effective management of strategic risks for Higher Education institutions

Date: 28th - 30th November, 2023

Time: 09:00 AM – 17:00 PM UAE Time

Early Bird Fee: 2550 AED (694USD)
(for registration fully completed prior to September 30, 2023)

Workshop Fee : 3000 AED (816 USD)
(for registration after September 30, 2023)

Venue: Hotel Pullman Creek City Center, Dubai, UAE


Workshop Overview

A strategic plan is at the heart of any organization; it outlines the vision for the future and maps out the goals, initiatives and milestones needed to get there. Furthermore, it helps prioritize tasks, makes resource decisions, and gets everyone to work towards a shared vision and a set of agreed upon goal. Strategic plans must be understood and properly cascade to colleges, deanships and various units.

Through strategic planning, an institution can assess its internal and external environment using widely known tools such as PESTEL and SWOT analysis, articulate its vision and mission, formulate its strategies for the future, develop objectives, and set critical measures and actions for success. While doing so, an institution is expected to proactively identify, evaluate and mitigate risks that may prevent it achieving its strategic objectives. Managing risk has been widely acknowledged by scholars and professionals and a well-developed body of knowledge is available to guide efforts to do so. While traditional risk management approach may be siloed into operations and finance functions, the more holistic approach integrates with the strategic planning process to provide higher education leaders with vital information to address strategic and operational risks at various levels of the institution and facilitate decision-making.

Higher education institutions are still facing a perennial gap among academic and administrative staff in fully understanding the importance of strategic planning and risk management to their work, the crucial role they play in achieving their respective institutional and/ or college’ aspiration and what is required to implement and sustain their plans, which can collectively contribute to the failure in strategy execution.

This workshop is designed to provide a unique opportunity for executives in higher education institutions to learn and apply the process, tools, and techniques of the strategic planning process and how it integrates with risk management to provide an enterprise level perspective to effective risk-informed strategic execution and improved outcomes.


Workshop Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the 4-stage strategic planning process and its tools and techniques;
  • Understand the steps involved in the risk management process and its ingrates with strategic planning
  • Learn how to use risk management tools to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks that could affect your institution’s strategic objectives;
  • Learn how to formulate strategies for the future using value disciplines;
  • Translate the mission into measurable objectives and KPIs;
  • Learn how to cascade your institutional plan to other organizational units
  • Learn how to close the loop of planning through effective review and reporting processes.

Structure of Workshop

day 1

Session (1) Fundamentals of Strategic Planning

  • Strategic thinking and strategic planning: Why do we need both?
  • Why planning fails?
  • Strategic Planning Process: Ten (10) critical questions
  • Barriers to strategy implementation

Session (2) Understanding your Environment

  • P.E.S.T.E.L analysis
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Role of teaching and learning in driving AU strategy
  • Identifying risks and constraints
  • SWOT & TOWS Analysis

Session (3) Creating Synergies through strategy alignment 

  • Reflecting on the institution’s vision, mission and core values and envision the future for their college/ units
  • Cascading the institution’s strategic plan through the institution
  • Linking colleges/ units plans to the strategic plan

day 2

Session (4) Formulating strategies for the future

  • Defining your strategic priorities
    > Determining your strategy critical success factors
    > Defining your focus areas in the context of the institutional strategic themes
  • Translating your strategy into goals, objectives, measures and initiatives
    > Identifying strategic goals and objectives
    > Developing Key Performance Indicators
    > Determining key initiatives

Session (5) Integrating risk management with strategic planning

  • Understanding risk and risk management in the context of higher education
  • The risk management process: key steps and outcomes
  • Developing your strategic risk register
  • Monitoring and reporting your key strategic risks

day 3

Session (6) Creating Synergies through strategy alignment 

  • Cascading the institution’s strategic plan through the institution 
  • Linking colleges/ units plans to the strategic plan

Session (7) Implementing Plans and Closing the Loop

  • Keeping the planning process alive through effective governance, risk management and accountability 
  • Establishing a system for strategy monitoring and accountability 
  • Putting together your strategic plan

Target Audience

  • Directors and staff working in strategy development, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness
  • Vice Presidents, Deans of colleges and schools and heads of academic support and administrative units involved with strategic planning

Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou

Founder and CEO, CLICKS, UAE

Mr. Mokhtar Benhadria

CLICKS’s International Associate,
Head of Quality Assurance Division at
International Centre for Education
in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), Malaysia