Meirc celebrates its 65th anniversary
Meirc introduces classroom/virtual integrated learning solutions
Meirc launches its virtual learning solutions
Meirc launches its Professional Qualification training and introduces Hands-on Automation and Process Control Courses
Meirc celebrates its 60th anniversary
Meirc introduces its blended learning methodology
Meirc relocates to its newly acquired HQ office in Bay Square, Business Bay, Dubai
Meirc adds PLUS Specialty Training, a new division providing technical and industry-specific courses
Meirc opens an office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Meirc opens an office in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Meirc is the 1st training company in the region to have its own website
Meirc becomes headquartered in Dubai, UAE
Meirc celebrates its 30th anniversary with its advisory committee (Aramco, Bapco, KOC, QPC)
Meirc builds its own office building in Beirut
Meirc is founded in Beirut by the late Simon Siksek
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”.
When Helen Keller, the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1904, made this statement she was not referring to the importance of physical eyesight but to that of having a vision – an ambitious dream that drives everything you do.
At Meirc Training and Consulting, we believe in Helen Keller’s saying and support it with words and deeds. That's why we work hard to define every vision that guides the strategies we adopt and then work harder to achieve those visions, no matter how challenging.
Since the firm was founded, 60+ years ago, all the visions that were collaboratively set by management and staff focused on providing the firm’s clients across the Middle East with quality training and consulting products. Despite the tumultuous periods the region went through, from regional wars to financial crises, Meirc’s quality products, steadfast leadership, and loyal clientele ensured that all set visions were achieved, if not surpassed.
Our vision is “To be our clients' most trusted partner in developing excellence for generations to come”.
What this means for our clients is that the utmost level of a trusted partnership, both earned and maintained, will be the foundation we will rely on to design, deliver and follow through on any training or consulting service our clients entrust us with. Be it a 2-day training workshop for improving interviewing skills or a year-long modular program for developing tomorrow's leaders, our clients can count on us – can trust us the most – to deliver the product or service that will meet their expectations on all fronts.
Meirc knows that a partnership with clients built on utmost trust is hard to earn and harder to maintain. That is why our new vision will be fuelled by a mission driven by five core values which will form the basis for every decision we take affecting our clients. These values are purposely reflected in the letters which make up the name of our organization: MEIRC.
The first of these core values is Mastery.
Meirc is quite selective when it comes to hiring team members, at any level. Although talent and expertise permeate the market, finding a subject matter expert who is competent in making subject matter experts out of others is not an easy feat. That is Meirc’s definition of Mastery; for what good is it to master a subject if one cannot pass this mastery to others? At Meirc, we demand from our experts to be masters in their fields and masters in developing others as well.
The second core value is Excellence.
Ever since the firm was founded, Excellence, in one form or another, was part of its credo. The prospect of doing a good job might help a company climb the success ladder but it won’t keep the company ‘up there’. For success to be sustainable, it needs to be built on Excellence. Whether it is the promptness with which we respond to our clients, or the engaging environment we create in our training programs, we strive for Excellence in everything we do. We did it since we were established. That's what kept us among the leaders in this crowded industry. We will do it again going forward.
Innovation is the firm's third core value.
Tom Peters (the global management guru) said it best when he proclaimed “Innovate or Die!”. At Meirc, we are strong believers in the importance of Innovation. We were industry pioneers on many training fronts and we will continue our pursuit of innovation and creativity to ensure we stay aligned with our progressive clients. Be it the new products we launch every period, or the novel learning methodologies we introduce into our programs, or the creative solutions we provide to our demanding clients, we work hard on maintaining our innovative edge. We do so because we know how critical innovation is, in pursuing our new vision of earning and maintaining our clients’ trust. Incidentally, our own periodic field research and publications ensure that our products and services are in line with the contextual and cultural environments of the geographical region we serve.
The fourth core value that will drive our mission is Reliability.
Personally, I don’t know of any training firm in the region who is as reliable as we are. I realize it is a bold statement to make but Meirc employs the highest number of full time subject matter experts in this region. We insist on this criterion when we hire because we know that freelancers and part-time staff, despite their cost effectiveness, cannot be continuously relied upon whenever our clients need them because they have their own agendas and plans. Our permanent professionals, on the other hand, are always at our clients' service. This is what sets us apart from the rest and makes us the most reliable firm in the industry. Our clients have relied on us for decades. Our reliability will ensure they continue to do so.
Client-Centricity is our last and most important core value.
In Meirc, every fiber in our organizational fabric is designed with our clients in mind. The modular structure of our training programs, the client-focused mindset of every professional we have, and the flexible pricing structures we offer make our ability to customize client-centric products almost endless. That is why many of our clients have been with us since we were founded and why we will stop at nothing to keep them with us for generations to come.
Mastery, Excellence, Innovation, Reliability and Client-Centricity or MEIRC for short. Going forward, these are the values we will embody in every action we do to remain at the forefront of the training industry in this region. These are the pillars we will rely on to become “our clients' most trusted partner in developing excellence for generations to come”.
Our strategic objectives (SOs) are directly linked to our VMVs and are there to ensure our vision is achieved by carefully executing our mission
Sometimes a few well-chosen words can change someone’s life. Here are some quotes we hope will touch and inspire you.
Meirc Training & Consulting was founded in 1958. In 2018, we celebrated our 60th birthday and took the opportunity to publish these 60 facts and milestones about Meirc’s rich and long interesting history.
In April 1958, Mr. Simon Siksek founded Meirc.
Its 1st offices were in Beirut, Lebanon.
Before founding Meirc, Mr. Siksek studied economics and law at Cambridge University, England and worked at Aramco in Dhahran (KSA).
When it was founded, the company’s name stood for Middle East Industrial Relations Counselors (M.E.I.R.C.).
In 1958, MEIRC’s total headcount was 2.
The 4 companies which were first to commission MEIRC with a comprehensive Industrial Relations (IR) project and later became MEIRC’s Advisory Committee were: Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Saudi Aramco, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and Qatar Petroleum Company (QPC).
In 1960, MEIRC pioneered the organization and implementation of Human Resources conferences in the region.
In 1962, Mr. Ted Abdo (MEIRC’s former Chairman) had his first assignment in the Gulf area heading a team of 15 interviewers tasked with conducting a Household Expenditure Survey in Kuwait.
In 1967, MEIRC built its own office building in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 1968, MEIRC conducted its 1st public (open) course at Al Bustan Hotel in Broummana, Lebanon; the course had 62 participants from different GCC states; it was titled “Successful Supervision” and its duration was 10 days.
In 1970, MEIRC began using its training through gaming methodology.
In 1975, with encouragement and assistance from MEIRC’s founder (Mr. Siksek), Dr. Farid Muna attended the London Business School (University of London) and obtained his PhD; his thesis was published in a book he wrote titled The Arab Executive.
In 1976, MEIRC relocated its headquarters from Beirut to Athens, Greece due to the Lebanese civil war.
In 1978, MEIRC conducted annual seminars in Japan for Japanese managers working with, or in, the Arab World. The seminars were coordinated with the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME).
In 1986, JCCME started sending Japanese managers to the Middle East to attend MEIRC’s seminar, which was titled Management in the Arab World.
In 1989, MEIRC opened a branch in Dubai, UAE; its offices were in the Arenco building in Karama.
In 1989, MEIRC’s founder Mr. Simon Siksek sadly passed away.
In 1989, Mr. Ted Abdo became the company’s chairman and Dr. Farid Muna its Managing Director.
In 1989, Dr. Farid Muna published another book on management titled The Making of Gulf Managers.
In January 1990, Dr. Farid Muna was the main speaker at the “Gulf Education and Training Exhibition” held in Dubai.
In 1991, MEIRC moved its headquarters from Athens to Dubai.
In 1991, Dr. Farid Muna became Managing Director of MEIRC.
In 1991, MEIRC completed a management buyout, changed its name to Meirc Training & Development and moved to a new building in Karama called Al Khaleej.
In 1992, Meirc started publishing a quarterly training newsletter.
In 1994, Meirc introduced the profit-sharing scheme aimed at motivating and retaining its loyal senior consultants and managers.
In 1994, Meirc launched an educational scholarship program in memory of its founder and targeted at children of Meirc employees.
In 1995, Meirc facilitated a training course on management and leadership in a wildlife safari in Tanzania.
In 1996, Meirc held its first “Women in Management” forum in Dubai.
In 1997, Meirc became the 1st training company in the Middle East to be ISO certified.
In 1997, Meirc changed its name to the current “Meirc Training & Consulting”.
In 1997, Meirc re-opened its offices in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 1997, Meirc became the 1st training company in the region to launch its own website.
In 1998, Dr. Farid Muna became the company’s Chairman and Dr. Ramsey Hakim its Managing Director.
In 1998, a major Libyan client requested several managerial courses to be conducted in Libya. Because of the boycott at that time, Meirc consultants flew to Malta and then went to Libya by ship to run the courses. The journey from Dubai to Libya took 3 days!
In 2003, Dr. Farid Muna (Meirc Chairman) wrote and published another book on management titled Seven Metaphors on Management.
In 2004, the training newsletter published by Meirc became electronic.
In 2004, Meirc opened its offices in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
In 2007, Meirc opened its offices in Jeddah, KSA.
In 2009, Dr. Ramsey Hakim became Meirc’s Chairman.
In 2009, Meirc introduced the Meirc Professional Certificate (MPC) courses.
In 2010, Meirc introduced training courses to help professionals prepare for international certification exams.
In 2010, Meirc recruited its first agent for marketing its services in Africa.
In 2010, Dr. Farid Muna (Meirc Board Member) and Dr. Ziad Zennie (Partner) published their book titled Developing Multicultural Leaders.
In 2011, Mr. Samer Taher became Meirc’s Managing Director.
In 2013, Meirc offered its 1st webinar.
In 2014, Meirc established PLUS Specialty Training, a new division specializing in technical and industry-specific courses.
In 2015, Meirc moved to its newly purchased 20,000 sq. ft. premises in Business Bay, Dubai.
In 2016, the number of Meirc’s clients exceeded 4,000 companies.
In 2017, the number of professionals trained by Meirc reached 400,000 participants.
In 2017, two Meirc consultants earned doctorate level degrees due in part to Meirc’s ongoing investment in developing its employees.
In 2017, Meirc pioneered its Course Selector, an innovative solution to help clients select efficiently their training courses.
In 2017, Meirc introduced blended learning to support course participants who wish to extend their professional education after completing the training course.
In 2018, Mr. Chaouki Eid became Meirc’s Managing Director and Mr. Samer Taher joined the company’s Board.
In 2018, Meirc planned 500+ public training sessions in 14 different cities spanning the GCC, Europe, Africa and Asia.
In 2018, Meirc celebrated its 60th anniversary and adopted a new slogan “Passionately Developing Careers for 60 years”.
2019: Meirc launches its Professional Qualification training and introduces Hands-on Automation and Process Control Courses
2020: Meirc launches its virtual learning solutions
Today, the name Meirc stands for the company’s 5 values which are: Mastery, Excellence, Innovation, Reliability and Client-centricity.
Meirc’s average employee tenure is 10.23 years.
Meirc today is truly a multi-national company with a team representing 17 different nationalities whom we call the “Meirc Family”.
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