London: Professional services group Deloitte this month launched a new university in an effort to improve the knowledge of its employees and business clients.
It says the facility, called Deloitte University Europe, the Middle East and Africa (DU EMEA), will provide staff with the opportunity to learn more about how they can deal with market changes.
The opening of DU EMEA in Belgium follows the success which the firm has enjoyed with its Deloitte University site in Texas.
More than 50,000 members of staff and clients, from over 70 countries, have attended courses at the US facility.
Political activist and musician Bob Geldof was among the speakers at the DU EMEA launch ceremony, along with Barry Salzberg, the global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
According to Deloitte, DU EMEA will help to place learning at the core of its workplaces.
Deloitte leaders will share their knowledge and insights as part of the courses offered by DU EMEA. The university will seek to improve the skills offered by the next generation of global business leaders.
David Sproul, chief executive of Deloitte UK, said the university is designed to help the firm attract and retain talented members of staff.
"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", he said.
Building on US successes
Salzberg said the professionals employed by Deloitte are the "greatest asset" the company possesses.
"We launched the first DU in the US 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", he added.
Deloitte unveils Client Experience Labs
Deloitte also announced that new Client Experience Labs are to form part of the DU EMEA campus.
It says it hopes these labs will provide a semi-permanent environment where the firm's clients and employees will be able to come up with solutions to difficult business problems.
Deloitte said expert facilitation and tailored engagement techniques are among the features which will be offered by the labs, along with flexible design space and the use of collaborative technologies.