Student development by Acer

Next generation of business leaders are offered the chance to gain work experience at Acer’s Middle East headquarters.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  March 10, 2005

Acer Computer in the Middle East will be partnering with AIESEC, the world’s largest student organisation, to provide tomorrow’s captains of industry with the opportunity to develop their business and leadership skills through paid employment at Acer’s Middle East headquarters. Continuing its commitment to furthering the educational needs of people around the world, Acer has signed up as AIESEC’s Youth Development Partner for the UAE. As part of this role, Acer is offering current and recent graduates from outside the country the chance to realise their potential and obtain valuable international experience while working alongside the company’s Middle East management team in Dubai. “Acer has a diverse and illustrious history of working closely with government ministries and education institutions across the Middle East,” says Krishna Murthy, general manager for Acer Computer (M.E.). “Participating in the AIESEC scheme enables Acer to play a part in shaping the region’s emerging workforce, and helps the next generation of business leaders gain valuable experience by living and working in a foreign country.” The first participant in the program, which is available through 800 universities in 89 countries, is 25-year-old Zineb Alaoui, a graduate in marketing management from Morocco. “This program has enabled me to grow both personally and professionally. Acer’s partnership with AIESEC has given me firsthand work experience in technology, one of the region’s fastest-growing sectors,” says Alaoui. After joining the company, Alaoui started work on Acer’s pre-sales help desk and so impressed Acer managers that she has now been employed on a permanent basis as a customer relationship management (CRM) account executive, with responsibilities for managing government tenders from across the region. As one of the world’s top five branded PC vendors, Acer intends to take a further two trainees over the coming weeks. Trainees are offered six-month rolling contracts as part of the scheme, with full training, expenses and salary paid by the company. Acer is committed to the AIESEC program and hope to nurture future business leaders, according to Murthy: “The enthusiasm and fresh perspective brought to Acer by Zineb and her peers are of enormous benefit to the company. The signing of several major deals in which Acer has committed to supply desktop and notebook PCs to education ministries and institutions across the Middle East in recent years further illustrates the PC vendor’s dedication to youth development. In 2004 Acer was awarded a US$12 million contract to provide 12,500 desktop PCs to more than 700 schools across Jordan. The company has also supplied more than 600 of its tablet notebooks to the Higher College of Technology in Abu Dhabi.

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