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Launch of Deloitte University EMEA

16 December 2013

Deloitte has launched Deloitte University Europe, the Middle East and Africa (DU EMEA) to help staff – and ultimately clients – navigate market changes and stay on the leading edge of learning and innovation.  

Located in Belgium, the university builds on the success of Deloitte University (DU) launched two years ago in Westlake, Texas, USA, which has been attended by more than 50,000 Deloitte staff and clients from over 70 countries.

The DU EMEA opening ceremony took place on Monday 16 December with 350 people hearing from speakers including keynote speaker Bob Geldof, who provided insights on making a vision reality through challenge, collaboration and leadership, and Barry Salzberg, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), who spoke about the founding of DU in the United States.

DU EMEA courses will be led by current Deloitte leaders who will share their knowledge and experiences with staff and clients. DU EMEA’s curriculum is tailored to the region’s needs to deliver learning that will help Deloitte develop the next generation of international business leaders and advisers. The curriculum was designed to ensure that learning remains an integral part of the workplace and is practically applied in the most effective way to bring high value to business.

“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,” said David Sproul, Senior Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte UK. “We aim to develop comprehensive, innovative and impactful solutions to the challenges faced by clients and by society. DU EMEA is an important platform for sharing experiences and insights that will contribute to those solutions.”

“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 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.”

An example of the innovation and learning the university will deliver is the Deloitte Client Experience Labs, which also opened today at the DU EMEA facility. Along with the learning programs delivered at DU EMEA, the Lab will provide a semi-permanent environment for clients and staff to collaborate on innovative approaches to address complex business problems. Lab sessions will incorporate the use of expert facilitation, tailored engagement techniques, a flexible physical design space, and collaborative technologies.

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Notes to editors

About DU EMEA
•DU EMEA courses will be available only to Deloitte staff and clients.
•DU EMEA was developed through a network of member firms in the region including Southern 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 the UK, up to 600 employees will participate in DU EMEA programs in 2014.
•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 programs include sessions organised centrally, locally or virtually (online).
•In FY13, learning programs delivered at DU in Westlake, Texas, USA increased the organisation’s investment in learning and development by 40 percent.
•Dolce La Hulpe Brussels is the primary location for central DU EMEA training - a well-known conference facility in a city symbolizing the spirit of international cooperation on which DU EMEA is founded, and that is easily accessible to visitors from across Europe and beyond. DU EMEA will also make use of the facilities at Dolce Chantilly (France) to provide extra flexibility and options.

About Deloitte
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