During the 20th century, strategic foresight and future studies have developed toward methodological and scientific approaches. They have been utilized by governments, international organizations, and companies to anticipate and to plan for future trends of and changes.
The year 2020 has been announced to be the year of getting ready for the next 50 years in the UAE. This means that government and private organizations in the country should start planning for the next five decades. Such planning needs to be based on reliable understanding of envisaged trends and changes in the future.
This professional diploma is designed to equip participants with the needed knowledge, methods, techniques, and skills to conduct strategic foresight and future studies, so they can contribute to the long-term planning at the national and organizational levels.
Learners must complete all five units to achieve the qualification.
1 Introduction to Strategic Foresight and Future Studies
2 Global Future Trends
3 Foresight Techniques
4 Strategic Response to Future Trends
5 Final Project
By the end of this program, learners should be able to:
Explain the main concepts and applications of strategic foresight and future studies
Understand the role of strategic foresight and future studies in long-term national planning
Explain the major future trends that face humanity
Reflect on the challenges and opportunities resulted from future trends
Use several foresight and future studies methods and techniques effectively
Conduct a foresight study
Utilize foresight studies results to develop long-term national and organizational plans
Develop KPIs and monitoring mechanisms to monitor future trends
Assessment of learners includes two assessment methods:
Learning log to be filled by each learner at the end of each module. They should identify what they have learned in the module, how it is relevant to their work, and action points for implementation. The learning logs have to be submitted to the program manager at the end of each module. They will be reviewed by the assessor who will give each learner feedback on his/her log.
After the delivery of all modules, each learner should submit a project, in which they will show their ability to reflect what they have learned on work environment. Assessors will assess these projects based on pre-defined criteria and provide feedback to each learner. The assessment criteria are derived from the learning objectives. They will be shared with learners before working on their projects. There will be two chances to re-submit the project in case it does not meet the assessment criteria.
** Passing these two assessments is a pre-requisite for certification. **