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 course 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 courses. 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 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 courses 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 courses.
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 courses will be repeated and/or adapted to regional level to facilitate participation (ie, travel or language).