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Belgium selected as home to Deloitte University EMEA

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Deloitte launched Deloitte University Europe, the Middle East and Africa (DU EMEA) in Brussels, Belgium. The university builds on the success of the first Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas, USA, launched two years ago and which has been attended by more than 50,000 people from over 70 countries.

Brussels, 16 December, 2013 –Deloitte today launched Deloitte University Europe, the Middle East and Africa (DU EMEA) in Brussels, Belgium. The university builds on the success of the first Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas, USA, launched two years ago and which has been attended by more than 50,000 people from over 70 countries.

DU EMEA’s curriculum is tailored to the region’s needs to deliver cutting-edge learning that will develop the next generation of international business leaders and advisers.  

“Deloitte University is more than a physical location—it represents the global expansion of a different, and we think better, way of doing business. As a professional services organisation, we need smart, well-trained people to serve our clients across borders. Deloitte professionals are the greatest asset we have, and we’re committed to investing in them and developing them as leaders,” said Barry Salzberg, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL).“We launched the first DU in the U.S. two years ago. In that short time it’s become successful beyond our highest expectations. This second university builds on that success and satisfies a need in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

“Competition for talent in the coming years will be challenging. Deloitte University EMEA will help the organisation attract and retain talent by distinguishing Deloitte from its competitors.”added Rik Vanpeteghem, Deloitte Belgium CEO. “We aim to develop comprehensive, innovative and impactful solutions to the challenges faced by our clients and by society.”

In selecting a site to be “the home of DU EMEA”, the Deloitte member firms in Europe sought a high-quality location that would reflect the positive spirit of international cooperation on which DU EMEA is founded, and that is easily accessible to potential participants. Brussels was the ideal fit - a cosmopolitan city with a variety of cultures, styles and nationalities, and extensive public transport connections – and notably the international rail links – that make the country easily accessible to visitors from all over Europe and beyond.

Deloitte is partnering with Dolce Hotels and Resorts for the hosting of centrally organised training - Dolce La Hulpe Brussels is the primary location for DU EMEA, with facilities at Dolce Chantilly also being used for some courses. Deloitte and Dolce have worked closely together on investments in specific facility requirements in order to deliver an outstanding Deloitte learning experience.

The programmes within the DU EMEA curriculum were designed to ensure that learning remains an integral part of the workplace and is practically applied in the most effective way.  The curriculum was developed to bring high value to business and includes business development, leadership, functional, and industry learning. As with DU Westlake, Texas, USA, DU EMEA courses will be led by current Deloitte leaders who will share their knowledge and on-the-job experiences in a tailored classroom setting.

“The development of an international curriculum at Deloitte University EMEA has been a collaborative effort between Deloitte member firms to ensure that the training truly reflects the global environment that we work and live in,” said Jorrit Volkers, Dean, DU EMEA. “Deloitte University EMEA is a place for current Deloitte leaders to inspire and develop the next generation.

About Deloitte University EMEA

  • DU EMEA was developed through a partnership among member firms in the region including South Africa, Belgium, Central Europe, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, and Austria.
  • In FY14, nearly 4,000 people are expected to participate in the DU EMEA curriculum. In FY14 in Belgium, more than 200 participants will participate in DU EMEA centrally-based training. Participation is expected to more than double in the next 3 years.  
  • DU EMEA participation is expected to be close to 10,000 training days in FY14, rising to at least 30,000 training days annually in the next three years.  Training programmes include sessions organised centrally, locally or virtually (online).
  • In FY13, learning programmes delivered at DU Westlake, Texas, USA increased the organisation’s investment in learning and development by 40 percent.
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