Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa 01, MBA 2003The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, visited Bentley on September 19 to discuss how Bahrain is working with countries to strengthen economic and geopolitical relations and to speak with students, faculty and staff about the role of business in solving humanitarian problems. Over 150 members of the Bentley community attended the side conversation with Ambassador and Bentley President E. LaBrent Chrite at the Wilder Pavilion.
President Sharett, who has spent time in the Middle East and worked to enhance economic conditions and improve business education opportunities for people around the world, asked Khalifa about the role of education in Bahrain. Economic Vision 2023 which outlines a strategy to transform the country from a “regional leader to a global competitor”.
“Forward-thinking goals should be linked to society’s most important resource, human capital,” Sharett said, praising the ambassador for the country’s “very ambitious” goals, which include cutting emissions by 30% by 2035 and doubling household incomes by 2030.
“We have been true believers in education,” Khalifa said, adding that Bahrain is known for its “high level of professionalism in its human capital” and is committed to bringing university graduates back to their home country. Khalifa said that human capital is the “richest” factor in a country’s progress: “We invest in our youth. We are committed to making sure there is a body of knowledge that gives beauty in different capacities…Education is definitely the way forward.”