University’s Titus Center for Franchising to Offer Seminars in Middle East

August 2019

Dr. John P. Hayes, director of the University’s Titus Center for Franchising, will teach franchising seminars in Bahrain early in 2020, marking the first time the Titus Center has offered education internationally.


The Titus Center and American Global Consulting signed an agreement to provide the franchise education in the Middle East. AGC is a Bahrain-based firm that prioritizes education and connects students in the Gulf with unique and innovative academic programming.

Training includes four, two-day professional education seminars covering the A to Zs of: Buying a Franchise, Franchising a Business, Master Franchising and Franchise Training and Support. Students who complete these seminars earn Certified Franchise Executive education credits offered through the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.

The agreement between the Titus Center and AGC will give entrepreneurs, professionals and scholars the opportunity to obtain a high-quality franchise education without traveling thousands of miles, said Dr. Alsadig Khalafalla, AGC’s president.

“Their study will surely enable them to excel in their professional careers and open doors for them to work in leading franchise companies that achieve substantial profits,” Khalafalla said.

Khalafalla and Mohamed Faiz Shaban, AGC’s director of international training, visited the University in August. They met with TBC Corporation executives, Titus Center Advisory Board members, United Franchise Group executives and University executives and faculty.

The Titus Center’s seminars are geared toward business professionals working in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

“People in the Middle East are eager to learn more about how to use franchising to acquire their own businesses, as well as how to expand their existing businesses,” Hayes said. “There are already many American franchises expanding in the Middle East — the Titus Center’s courses will help bring many more executives into franchising and give them the opportunity to build their personal wealth.”

Photo: University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr., American Global Consulting President Dr. Alsadig Khalafalla, AGC Director of International Training Mohamed Faiz Shaban and Titus Center for Franchising Director Dr. John P. Hayes, pose for a photo in the Titus Center for Franchising following the signing of an agreement for Hayes to teach franchising seminars in Bahrain. Khalafalla and Shaban visited PBA on Aug. 20 and 21, 2019.

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