I have never come across an institution that hit the ground running, with carrying out their mandate, as the Royal Academy of Management of the Sultanate of Oman, abbreviated as RAM.
Since its establishment by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik by Royal Decree 2/2022, it has embodied for me a model for high performing academy in three ways; it’s a buzzing hive for ideas and useful knowledge, it has expanded the boundaries of diverse partnerships, and finally the academy focuses on much needed future insight.
A buzzing hive
Every institution has a distinct vibe that almost resembles our unique fingerprints. This vibe or fingerprint can make or break the energy of the institution’s team and stakeholders.
The way RAM designs, plans, implements and assesses its programmes show keenness on innovation and building on previous achievements.
This is significant in a world facing a polycrisis of pandemics, conflicts and rising cost of living that normally discourages innovation. Introducing this consistent and constant search for better ways of doing things is apparent, whether in the first of its kind programmes that focus on sharing of international practices with senior government officials, or in the programmes carried out by a cohort of high-performance facilitators trained by top ranked universities in the world.
As technology is making our lives more convenient, it is also making relationships and networking in general more sophisticated. RAM has a balanced mix that represents graduates of national CEO and leadership programmes, youth programmes in addition to an international advisory board that has some of the global top minds in the world of academia and business.
Sensing the futureYouth plays a vital role in sensing the future and turning it into valuable insights, and the world of entrepreneurship and startups is only one example of this.
Topics like the digital economy, space exploration, biotechnology and clean technology initiatives are only examples of what needs to be properly studied and addressed by thought leadership institutions.
I truly believe that the Royal Academy of Management stands on the shoulders of past giant scholars, thinkers and leaders who developed houses of wisdom as a tradition.
Today RAM is an inspiring invitation to all stakeholders to engage to build a more polycrisis-resilient world, with meaningful partnerships with an eye for future insights.
Khalid Al Huraibi
The writer is a senior advisor to President of the Royal Academy of Management