Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blue Ocean Students Receive International Certification




                       April 23, 2013                        




Promoted by Employers, Felicitated by Peers


Dubai: Euphoria marked the second Blue Ocean convocation ceremony of 2013 as more than 180 students converged at the Park Regis Hotel on April 19, to receive their much-deserved international certifications.

 The turning point of the event was when many of the students wielded mikes to share the good news with the faculty and the student network that they were being promoted or on the verge of receiving a hike in their salaries, following their certification at Blue Ocean.

Javed Rasheed, a Blue Ocean student who underwent Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt certification said that he had been promoted to the position of Vice President with two certifications under his belt. Blue Ocean’s Six Sigma programme is certified by the International Quality Federation (IQF).

Blue Ocean, UAE’s leading management training and consultancy organization has trained more than 40,000 professionals in the UAE. Eighty per cent of UAE’s top-notch companies are currently employing professionals groomed at Blue Ocean.

The students received certificates for becoming a Certified International Supply Chain Professional, Certified International Supply Chain Manager, Certified Business Administrator, Certified International Purchase Professional, Certified Professional Purchasing Manager, Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified International Commercial Contracts Manager, Certified Human Resource Professional, Certified Human Resource Manager.

Saqib Awan, a Blue Ocean student of Supply Chain Management spoke about Blue Ocean faculty who had made learning such a thoroughly enjoyable experience for him. However he noted that the warmth of the Blue Ocean family was what attracted him.

Saqib Awan, a Blue Ocean student of Supply Chain Management spoke about Blue Ocean faculty who had  made learning such a thoroughly enjoyable experience for him. However he noted that the warmth of the Blue Ocean family was what attracted him.

Apart from flexible timings and fast-track courses for busy professionals, Blue Ocean offers its past and present students an unique opportunity to continue hone their skills through free workshops and seminars held during weekends.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Abdul Azeez, Regional Marketing Director said: “Professionals employed in the Middle East are constantly looking to learn new skills, acquire international certification, to keep pace with the constant changes taking place in the infrastructure and workplace.”

“We at Blue Ocean have designed custom-made training solutions to enrich and empower professionals so that they can make valuable contribution to their workplace.”

According to Mr. Sathya Menon:“Blue Ocean is a name to reckon with in training and consultancy. We have sparked the careers of professionals employed throughout the world. Companies have benefited from business process re-engineering projects conducted by Blue Ocean consultants.”

“The success of Blue Ocean is measured by the professional achievements of our students. Most of our students have gone on to carve top-notch careers for themselves,” Mr. Menon added.



If you have any clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact:

 Debasree Banerjee
Corporate Communications Manager
Blue Ocean Academy
04-3367787; 050-1416435;

Invest in your Employees... They will pay rich dividends

Invest in Employees… It Pays


Employee Return on Investment


By Sathya Menon


We are a people company” – is a commonly made corporate philosophy statement.  Most people would assume that the company is drawing its strength from a large base of satisfied clientele. While this is partially true, a real people company is one that holds on to its “empowered, learned and innovative employees” as its pillars of success.


Indeed in today’s competitive world, people or the workforce make all the difference. Very often the thin line distinguishing companies that are struggling to stay in business and those who are striving is made by a team of efficient and engaged employees. It makes a lot of business sense for a management to invest on its workforce because it will pay rich dividends later.


In the Middle East where private companies depend on a largely mobile and floating expatriate population to drive their profits, managements tend to regard their employees as highly dispensable and are reluctant to invest in their training and development.  In most cases this has proved to be counter-productive and the last decade has seen a renewed thrust on employee enrichment and empowerment.


There is a growing understanding and consensus that people are a critical asset that needs to be cultivated and properly managed. Without the right employees, businesses will not grow, become profitable, or generate new ideas. A company's workforce is not merely a necessary expense, but also an investment in future competitiveness and earnings.


A lot of research studies support the idea that keeping employees engaged and motivated, as well as retaining the best performing employees over the long term, have positive effects on corporate financial results.


Investing in employees affects the bottom line in two ways. First, it reduces employee turnover, sick leave and healthcare costs. Second, investments in employee engagement programs, training, talent management, information and decision support, communication, wellness programs and technology all have a positive effect on workforce performance and productivity.


Empowering employees also augurs well for a company. Involvement and recognition generate positive energy and increase ownership of individual contributions. The freedom to act and take initiative within agreed frameworks motivates employees to reach their full potential and do a better job.




Mr. Sathya Menon is Director –Academics, Blue Ocean Academy, Dubai.