ifs Malta main collaborative organizational partners
The ifs School of Finance (UK) is a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter and has a remit to provide the financial services industry with skilled and competent workforce whilst also promoting a better understanding of finance amongst consumers.
The ifs is the only specialist financial education body that is able to award its own taught degrees, a status that reflects the quality of all its programmes. Its financial capability, regulatory licences to practise and higher professional qualifications are directly informed in terms of content and learning experience by the needs of those it exists to educate. It bridges the academic / vocational divide to provide students with essential practical skills and the conceptual and analytical abilities of academic study. It is this unique and innovative approach that makes the ifs the provider of choice for organisations and individuals seeking to improve knowledge, skills and career prospects in the area of finance and financial services.
The ifs School of Finance:
- has a heritage in the provision of financial education spanning 130 years
- is a modern dynamic organisation that demonstrates time after time its ability to respond effectively and speedily to the educational needs of a demanding industry.
- has a strategic remit to promote better understanding of, and confidence in, finance for all people
- is playing a vital role in the rebuilding of trust and confidence, both in the financial system itself and in the industry that operates it
- understand the educational needs of financial practitioners and builds programmes to meet them
- provides education that bridges the academic and the vocational, the conceptual and the practical
- helps individuals to improve their skills, performance and career prospects
CLT International has been dedicated to providing certified training programmes in the field of trusts and estates to delegates around the world for over a decade. Each CLT International qualification is underpinned by both academic and practical rigour to ensure delegates can progress with confidence to the highest levels of professional success.
- Broad range of certified training qualifications - CLT International delivers on a wide range of specialist topics and enjoys successful collaborations with business and academic partners
- Quality Provision - CLT International is committed to the provision of the highest quality training. With leading subject matter experts as authors and tutors, educational material is comprehensive and up to date with recent legislation and practical guidance. Its exceptional administrative team is committed to excellent customer care and supporting every delegate throughout their studies
- Variety of structured training mediums - CLT International's programmes are delivered through a number of media, each one carefully tailored to the individual requirements of a particular course. These mediums include face-to-face workshops, bespoke course manuals, online self-assessment materials as well as interactive webinars and podcasts.
The International Compliance Association offers a wide range of qualifications, appropriate to the financial services sector all over the world. The qualifications are offered in association with the prestigious University of Manchester Business School, under a quality assured educational partnership.
For beginners and experienced practitioners alike, ICA qualifications increase knowlede, improve skills and enhance understanding. Certificate programmes are designed for entry level staff, new to particular discipline. Content focuses on awareness and on the introduction of the key issues involved. These programmes form a solid foundation for future learning. Advanced programmes are available for those who wish to develop their understanding still further. Diploma programmes are designed for more senior practitioners, those who have already amassed a level of experience. Certificate, Advanced and Diploma programmes cover the following subjects:
- Anti-Money Laundering
- Financial Crime Prevention
The Association has invested time in developing relationships with a number of partners all over the world where there is a synergy of objectives in the pursuit of excellence. The programmes are offered across the world via a number of training centres in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, UK, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Barbados, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Uruguay and USA.
The CISI - Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of major financial centres around the world. Formed in 1992 by the London Stock Exchange practitioners, it now has more than 40,000 members in 89 countries. In the past year, it set almost 40,000 examinations in over 70 countries, covering a range of vocational qualifications. Members benefit from a variety of professional and social activities. In its latest financial year, it had almost 11,000 bookings at more than 200 events, from regular series of continuing professional development seminars throughout Britain and in a growing number of centres overseas, to its prestigious and highly-acclaimed conferences. It has strong regional presence in the UK, with 16 active branches across the British Isles, and a fast-growing presence internationally, served by offices in Dublin, Edinburgh, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the UAE.
First Finance is the leader in finance training, with offices in Paris, London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Since 1996, First Finance has trained more than 40,000 finance professionals around the world. After completing its training courses, more than 96% of people declared themselves satisfied or very satisfied. To confirm the quality of its training courses, First Finance publishes 10,000 of the most recent course evaluations that can be viewed online.
- offers unique expertise in financial training & consulting
- employes a team of 25 internal trainers & educational specialists, 7 of whom are Range Managers
- has on call 250 external trainers who are highly recognised finance professionals
- gives priority to the transfer of operational know-how
- conducts role-playing and other exercises to promote involvement and interaction among participants that generates better practical understanding on the subject
The MFSA is mindful that the Malta Financial Services sector if developing in a manner that it will require employees with enhanced skills beyond academic training. For this reason it has setup an Education Consultative Council. Membership in the ECC is open to training providers specialising in vocational development that is directly relevant to the financial services sector. Membership is also open to national agencies or bodies involved in the training and guidance of prospective employees in the sector. The Chairman of the Council is a professional educator with many years of experience in the field and has been nominated by the MFSA's Board of Governors. The MFSA is represented by the Director of its Human Resources and Development Unit, which is also the contact point on matters and issues related to the ECC and provides secretarial support to it. Besides the MFSA, members on the Council comprise:
- Malta International Training Centre (MITC)
- Institute of Financial Services - Malta (ifs Malta)
- Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP)
- Society of trust Estate and Practitioners (STEP)
- Institute of Legal Studies (ILS)
- Institute of Directors - Malta (IOD)
- Career Guidance Unit - Education Division
- Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
- Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA)
The principle objective of the Council is to act as a forum for debate, co-ordination and information sharing on matters relating to training and development for current and prospective employees within the financial services sector. The MFSA endeveours to seek the Council's opinion and input all matters related to training and development within the Financial Services sector. The Council will also debate policies and procedures themselves would like to see introduced or modified. The Council also reviews relevant local and international developments related to training development and co-ordinates initiatives towards filling any skill gaps that may be identified within the financial industry from time to time. In order to avoid duplication and unnecessary wastage of resources, training bodies represented on the Council are expected to focus on their respective competences when organising programmes falling within the scope of their membership on the Council.
The University of Manchester is a public research university located in Manchester, UK. It is a "red brick" university and a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities. The university was formed in 2004 by the dissolution of the Victoria University of Manchester (which was commonly known as the University of Manchester) and UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and the immediate formation of a single institution inaugurated on 1 October. The University of Manchester and the constituent former institutions combined have 25 Nobel Laureates among their past and present students and staff, the fourth-highest number of any university in the United Kingdom (after Oxford, Cambridge and London).
Following the merger, the university was named Sunday Times University of the Year in 2006 after winning the inaugural Times Higher Education Supplement University of the Year prize in 2005. According to the Sunday Times, "Manchester has a formidable reputation spanning most disciplines, but most notably in the life sciences, engineering, humanities, economics, sociology and the social sciences". In 2007/08, the University of Manchester had over 40,000 students studying 500 academic programmes and more than 10,000 staff, making it the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom. More students try to gain entry to the University of Manchester than any other university in the country, with more than 60,000 applications for undergraduate courses alone. In 2007 the University had an annual income of £637 million. The university has a very high quality research profile and is counted among the leading universities in the world.
The University of Kent campus covers 300 acres and is an elevated position just over 3 km away from the city centre. It currently has approximately 12,000 full-time and 6,200 part-time students and some 600 academic and research staff. The University grew at a rapid rate throughout the 1960s, whilst three colleges and many other buildings on campus being completed by the end of the decade. In 1982, the University opened the University Centre at Tonbridge (now the University of Kent at Tonbridge) for its School of Continuing Education, helping to enhance the availability of teaching across the country. During the 1990s and 2000s the University expanded beyond its original campuns. It now has campuses in Medway, Tonbridge and Brussels and works in partnership with Canterbury College, West Kent College, South Kent College and MidKent College. In 2003 the title was changed to University of Kent.
The 2011 Guardian Newspaper University League Tables (published in 2011) placed Kent's ranking at 27th in the UK, while The Time Good University Guide 2011 (published 2010) puts Kent in 39th place. According to The Guardian, University of Kent is ranked 9th in the UK for Business and Economics. The student population is quite mixed, with approximately 16% of students coming from overseas. No fewer than 128 different nationalities are currenly represented.
The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. Over the past few years, the University has reviewed its structures in order to be in line with the Bologna process and the European Higher Education Area. Concsious of its public role, the UNiversity strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. There are circa 10,000 full-time students including over 600 foreign/exchange students from nearly 60 different countries. Almost 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually. There are a further 2,800 pre-tertiary students at the Junior College which is also managed by the University.
The ifs Malta works in close collaboration in the organisation of various business talks, bringing together the academic and technical aspect under one common roof to discuss current topical economic issues. The Institute collaborates also with the offering of the BSc (Hons) programme. In past years, this collaboration was at its highlight by the major influx of students pursuing this qualification programme.
Since MCAST was set up in 2001, the College spent millions of euro to bring about the necessary changes and to allocate resources wisely. Stateof- the-art equipment, new and totally refurbished premises, investment for the professional development of staff and student success in securing a job are typical of the tangible outcomes which continue to bring about a constant increase in registration figures. Both the College full-time and part-time students are today confident that MCAST is offering them an opportunity for self-improvement and a key to success in life.
The ifs Malta works in close collaboration with the College and offers and awards through the same College, the Diploma in Banking and Financial Services (DipBFS) attracting student registrants up to 75 per year.
EXALTA is a Malta - based company specialising in 3D architectural rendering. It offers interior and exterior modelling, animation, light/sun studies, material studies, illustration, and general product needs. Its graphics and visualisations can be used and developed for subsequent promotions on video, brochures, posters and display stands. Exalta works closely with achitects, developers and interior designers to produce architectural renderings which are both visually-enhanced and photorealistic. The company offers a range of practical options for all marketing, advertising and creative needs. In every case it offers complete and cost-effective solutions.
ifs Malta collaborates a number of times in the setting up and delivery of video conferencing during its organisation of numeruous annual events. The Institute seeks the services of Exalta also for the development of video footages to further promote the Institute services and training offers. Exalta is very supportive of the Institute objectives and has been many times helpful to assist.