The federation launched a new initiative aimed at helping member clubs develop to their full potential: the FIA University.
The FIA University was presented for the first time at the Membership Benefits Forum at the FIA Annual General Assembly in New Delhi, December 2011. The project grew in 2012 by listening to clubs’ expectations and demand. A grant from the FIA Foundation to the FIA Strategic Programmes on Road Safety and Capacity Building meant that the idea could be turned into a reality. 2013 has seen the delivery of two Emerging Leaders Programs and the Strategic Lobbying program in The Hague, with great feedback from participants.
The question is what exactly is the FIA University? What does the new programme hope to achieve and how will it operate?
“It is a bit like the corporate universities that a lot of companies now have,” says Agustí Milà, the FIA’s manager of membership Services and Business Development. “These are not like traditional universities, where students go to attend programs. Corporate universities are structures within companies that recognise that training is a key part of what it needs to do to achieve its strategic goals.”
FIA University – Progress Report, Nov 2014
The FIA University will have completed its second year of existence in 2014 with 3 new full courses delivered and participation in many other FIA events or elsewhere:
Third Edition of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in May, with 18 participants adding to a total of 65 students from 41 clubs, 32 countries and the 4 FIA regions represented in the 3 editions.
Latin American Leaders Program (LALP) Module I in October. To be noted this is the first adapted program for a Region (IV), fully delivered in Spanish. It is the first module of a series. 7 Clubs and 19 people attended, mostly general managers and part of their team, for a course intended to create the urgency of implementing action plans to improve the long term sustainability of their clubs. It will be followed by a series of Modules II delivered directly at the clubs, with the participants having attended module I and the rest of their managing team. New actions will include a presentation at the FIA Region IV General Assembly (Dec 2014) to raise awareness among club presidents of the need to improve governance in order to build stronger and more effective organizations
ACTA Learnership Program: support to its organisation by Region I and the AASA, Johannesburg Nov 2014.
The FIA University was present at CW in Melbourne, at the FIA Mobility Share Fair promoting its activities and with Prof Luis Vives facilitating the final session. The FIA University will be in charge of organising again the FIA Membership Benefits Forum at the AGA, Doha Dec 2014.
Some 100 people from Mobility or Motorsport clubs around the world have become FIA University Alumni, and many more have taken part in at least one FIA University activity.
Key elements 2015
The FIA University will run a fourth edition of the ELP in May 2015 and the FIA University LALP Module II from March. Senior Leaders are also a target group: a program for them is under preparation, and also a specific one for Latin American club leaders. Also new courses for Region I will be supported and courses for Region II are under consideration.
FIA University – Progress Report, Nov 2013
The FIA needs to remain relevant to its members, creating value for them through partnering. With that aim, the FIA University was created in 2011.
In 2012 the FIA University concentrated in developing contents for its 3 main pillars (1-Strategy & Leadership, 2-Lobbying & Public Policy as well as 3-Functional Expertise), giving priority to 1 and 2 for 2013, and participated in several FIA events (see Progress Report May 2013).
In 2013 Thierry Willemarck has continued to provide his mentorship, ESADE Business School has cooperated on a consultant basis and as a provider, and the FIA Foundation has also provided both financial support through the Strategic Capacity Building Programme and know-how on Road Safety teaching.
The FIA University has changed its status from a project in development into a reality present in the FIA family daily life. Region II has consistently supported sending students from clubs within the region.
The FIA University has run 3 programs in 2013:
Emerging Leaders Program, Barcelona-Spain March 11-15, (26 participants from the 4 FIA Regions)
Strategic Lobbying Program, The Hague-The Netherlands September 8-10, (17 participants)
Emerging Leaders Program, Barcelona October 10-14, (20 participants from the 4 FIA regions and both Mobility clubs and ASNs)
On top of that, the FIA University has participated in the following events:
GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) Leadership Conference, San Francisco-USA January 25:
Presentation on Corporate Universities and Their Role in Executive Education.
Workshop on Strategy, Lima-Peru May, for FIA Region 4 Managers
Foro Universidades Corporativas, Madrid-Spain June 5.
Presentation on new Corporate Universities
ASN development workshops,
Stand promoting the FIA University and ELP & SL programs.
Workshops: “Own the Client”/“Changing membership”/“The Car-what’s next?”
“Share fair: FIA University project status and participants feedback from ELP I”
FIA University Alumni get-together
FIA Sport Conference Week, Goodwood-UK June 25-28:
FIA Mobility Conference Week, The Hague-The Netherlands September 10-13:
Key elements 2014
Continue developing Curricula (capacity building for clubs, Road safety) and Governance for the FIA University. The proven programs will be repeated and/or adapted to regional level to facilitate participation (ie, travel or language).