The design of the program draws on well-established experiential and cognitive and emotional learning methodologies to provide participants with an immersive and high impact learning experience. 

Blending frameworks, theories, and tools, with practical experiences and applied learning, participants will benefit from an approach to learning founded on Oxford University’s tradition of debate, discussion, reflection and critical thinking.

Classroom Learning

World class faculty from Oxford Saïd Business School, the Blavatnik School of Government, the Oxford Martin School, and visiting practitioner faculty drawn from governments and businesses around the world provide fresh insights into solutions to challenges facing the nation.

Each has their own teaching style and will provide an engaging blend of lectures, plenary debate, high impact experiential group work and field trips, featuring sessions that are grounded in a strong understanding of the regional context, and which bring together leading thinking from around the world. The classroom learning elements are designed to encourage critical thinking and reflective practice. They will help participant reframe the opportunities and challenges that they face and develop new approaches to their leadership roles.

The program is delivered in English (with simultaneous translation to Arabic).

International Locations and Benchmarking Visits

The opportunity to engage in discovery visits to broaden perspectives and to explore first-hand approaches and examples of other public service organisations that have relevance to the Omani context is a key component within the NCLP learning journey. It is widely recognised that learning is most effective when it is applied and experienced: with the modules being spread out between Oxford, Estonia and Australia, they will provide unique opportunities for the participants to engage in high impact discovery and immersion learning processes.

Module 1 takes place in Oxford, allowing participants to fully benefit from the wide range of University resources available and Oxford Saïd’s extensive networks. In addition, there will be group visits to government and private sector organisations to explore the UK’s experience with public-private engagement. 

In Estonia and Australia, the program will explore competitiveness drivers for productivity and prosperity, as well as how efficiency and effectiveness is developed and implemented in public service delivery, and how this has contributed to building a business friendly environment. The participants will also have the opportunity to study examples of strategic industries for Oman.

These experiences are designed to give participants a whole new perspective on Oman’s public sector capabilities and generate creative ideas for competitiveness and public-private engagement.


Individual Coaching

Coaching has been designed to bring individual support into the heart of the program and to support participants in their personal learning and development. It will provide a confidential space for participants to reflect on their practice, to deepen self-awareness, and to actively work to develop new capabilities facilitated and supported by an expert accredited executive coach. 

The confidential conversations allow for the exploration of leadership challenges specific to each individual. These might be centred on the development need of the individual, their team or their department. The coaches will ensure that each person identifies goals for learning outcomes and finds the most appropriate ways for achieving them.

All participants will receive four face-to-face coaching sessions, one in the UK and three in Oman, one between each module. 


Application Projects

As a red-thread running throughout the National Leadership and Competitiveness Program, participants will be working on application group project work. These projects will be focused on strategic competiveness opportunities or challenges for the Omani government or public service and to delivering impact through public and private partnership.

The application group projects will be supported through coaching and mentoring at three points during the program (inter-modular sessions). Groups of 5-7 participants will work together on issues arising from the principal themes. Participants will be holding presentations throughout the program, concluding with a formal final presentation to senior stakeholders.

Program content will also act to support the projects, introducing models and alternative perspectives to engage the delegates in new ways of thinking.