CISI and University of Dubai partner for new financial exams

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The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), has partnered with the University of Dubai and its Centre of Executive Development to provide a series of internationally-recognised financial qualifications.

The University of Dubai is the first educational institution in the UAE to partner with CISI, and marks the first link-up in what the institute hopes will be aeries of many forays into the education and higher education sectors in the region.

The majority of the qualifications offered are mandated by the Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA), ensuring students are given the right tools to help them develop their careers in the UAE financial services industry.

On completion of the training, students will have the opportunity to be recognised as professionals in the financial services industry and upon passing the required CISI qualifications, they will be eligible for official ESCA licenses as brokers, trading/operations managers and financial analysts.

Matt Cowan, regional director, UAE, at CISI said that the move can help to re-shape financial services sector in the region.


“Working with educational institutions to train the next generation of financial professionals, this is an exciting and valuable collaboration through which students have the opportunity to develop their employability skills in the financial sector, network with likeminded individuals within the profession and begin their journey in the financial services industry,” he said.

Cowan added that CISI is looking for further partnership opportunities with educational institutions across Dubai and the UAE.

‘Big strides’

“With the country taking big strides towards an increasingly qualified workforce in the financial services industry, CISI aims to promote its qualifications amongst these professionals so they become more valuable in driving the industry’s growth while simultaneously building trust in the financial services profession in the region,” added Cowan.

Dr Eesa Bastaki, president of the University of Dubai said that the university has taken a number of steps to introduce initiatives that will improve the employability of working professionals in the region. “Introducing the CISI qualification at University of Dubai is also a step in that direction,” he said.

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