Wharton School’s Online Journal, Knowledge@Wharton, Launches Arabic Edition

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Articles in Arabic and English highlight the region’s business growth

ABU DHABI & PHILADELPHIA, PA. – Knowledge@Wharton, the award-winning online research and business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, today launched a new version of its website called Arabic Knowledge@Wharton  at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The new site, which is free and published in both Arabic and English, will include articles that focus on the Middle East’s increasing importance to the global economy.

“At Wharton we are committed to leading the world in the creation and dissemination of business knowledge. The launch of the new Knowledge@Wharton Arabic edition allows Wharton to bring new, regionally focused insight and analysis to the business community in the Middle East and around the world,” said Wharton Dean Thomas S. Robertson.

The inaugural issue will include articles about family businesses in the Middle East, the shortage of water in the region, challenges of recruiting and managing the regional work force, and marketing lessons from painter M. F. Husain.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr.Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology & Group CEO, CERT Group of Companies said, “The launch of the Knowledge@Wharton Arabic edition is a significant milestone in our efforts to provide access to world class research on innovation and entrepreneurship. Knowledge@Wharton, with nearly 1.4 million business professional members worldwide, is a significant online resource connecting local business community and students with experts around the world. We invite students and entrepreneurs to take full advantage of this portal and build their capacity to go global with their business using insight from Knowledge@Wharton.”

Founded in 1999, Knowledge@Wharton has long covered the emergence of the Middle East as a global economic force. Arabic Knowledge@Wharton will produce timely articles, podcasts, research papers and exclusive interviews with business and government leaders, among others for distribution to subscribers around the world. The content will draw upon the expertise of Wharton’s 11 academic departments, 25 research centers/initiatives and the broader faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in exploring topics such as private equity, family business, real estate and the impact of economic growth on the region.

“The recent financial crisis and its aftermath showed the interconnectedness of the global economy,” said Mukul Pandya, executive director and editor in chief of the Knowledge@Wharton Network. “The creation of an Arabic edition focused on this region will allow us to share analysis and insights about such issues with Knowledge@Wharton readers around the world.”

The new edition will be guided by an advisory board consisting of international business leaders. Chaired by Sheikh Nahayan, the board includes:

H.E. Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan (Chair)
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology
United Arab Emirates

H.E. Fatima Obaid Al Jaber
United Arab Emirates
Chief Operating Officer
Al Jaber Group
United Arab Emirates

H.E. Hussain J. Al Nowais
Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development
United Arab Emirates

H.E. Nasser Ahmed Khalifa Alsowaidi
Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
United Arab Emirates

H.E. Saeed A. Ghobash
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Ghobash Group
United Arab Emirates

Tayeb Kamali
Vice Chancellor/Group CEO-CERT
Higher Colleges of Technology
Central Services
United Arab Emirates

Shiv Vikram Khemka
Vice Chairman
SUN Group

Alaadin Saba
Chairman, CEO, and co-founder
Beltone Asset Management

Professor Raphael Amit
Robert B. Goergen Professor of Entrepreneurship;
Faculty Lead, Wharton Entrepreneurship and Family Business Research Centre at CERT
United States

According to Prof. Raphael Amit, who oversaw the formation of the Wharton Entrepreneurship and Family Business Research Centre@CERT, “The debut of Arabic Knowledge@Wharton is central to our ability to share state of the art business knowledge with readers in a vitally important region of the world.”

As the newest member of the Knowledge@Wharton Network, the Arabic version joins China Knowledge@Wharton (Chinese), India Knowledge@Wharton (English), Universia Knowledge@Wharton (Spanish and Portuguese) and the original English language Knowledge@Wharton. In addition, the Network includes academic partner sites at Emory and Arizona State Universities and soon the Australia School of Business. As of this month, the Network has approximately 1.4 million subscribers in 189 countries.

About the Wharton School, Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, the Wharton Global Family Alliance and Knowledge@Wharton

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4,900 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of  85,000 graduates.

In 1973, the Wharton School became the first school to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies. Today Wharton, through Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, supports and seeds innovation and entrepreneurship globally through teaching, research and outreach to a range of organizations through its many programs, initiatives and research centers. At the same time, Wharton students and alumni are helping to build entrepreneurial enterprises around the world and impacting virtually every industry.

Since its formation in January 2004, through an agreement between the Wharton School and CCC Alliance, the Wharton Global Family Alliance (Wharton GFA) has become the knowledge leader in family business research focused on family businesses, primarily in the areas of governance, philanthropy, and wealth management. Wharton GFA focuses on rigorous scholarly research in combination with the practical experience of successful global families to highlight the social impact of families worldwide. Wharton GFA has a robust research agenda and a wide variety of outreach focused on a global audience. 

Knowledge@Wharton is a free biweekly online resource that captures knowledge generated at the Wharton School and beyond through such channels as research papers, conferences, speakers, books, and interviews with faculty and other business experts on current business topics. The Knowledge@Wharton network – which includes Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Indian editions – has approximately 1.4 million subscribers worldwide.

About the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT)

The CERT Group of Companies began as the commercial arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates, and has grown to be the largest private education provider in the Middle East. CERT is also the largest MENA (Middle East North Africa) investor in the discovery and commercialization of technology.

Since its creation in 1996, the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) has been synonymous with quality in education, training, research, and socioeconomic progress. Over the years, CERT has helped thousands of professionals and companies meet their goals and achieve the next level in their development, and it is now the largest private education provider in the region. Included is an Executive MBA that has a concentration in Innovation & Entrepreneurship which features the best professors from leading institutions around the world.

Additionally, CERT hosts the regions premiere biennial Global Entrepreneurship Conference for students and regional entrepreneurs. The Conference features leading international thought leaders & entrepreneurs from around the world.

For more information, contact:

Peter Winicov
Senior Associate Director
Wharton Communications
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
mailto: winicov@wharton.upenn.edu
Web: www.wharton.upenn.edu

Dean Hoke
Head of Institutional Development
Higher Colleges of Technology
Tel: +971 2-6922-716
Email: dean.hoke@hct.ac.ae
Web: www.hct.ac.ae