DIFC Academy and Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies partner to enhance financial training and increase knowledge exchange

Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS and Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer at DIFC Authority, signed the strategic partnership agreement in the presence of senior management from the EIBFS and DIFC teams

Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer at DIFC Authority and Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS

Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer at DIFC Authority and Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS

Dubai-UAE: The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, and DIFC Academy, the provider of world class education in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the Middle East, Africa and South Asia’s leading global financial centre, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen financial training and expand knowledge exchange.

Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS and Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer at DIFC Authority, signed the strategic partnership agreement in the presence of senior management from the EIBFS and DIFC teams.

Under the terms of the agreement, the partners will work together to identify skills gaps in the industry, curate customised programmes and issue certifications for the professionals working in the financial sector in the UAE and beyond. The partnership will deliver cutting-edge learning solutions to enable professionals deepen their competencies in line with the UAE’s national objectives. Furthermore, the two entities will collaborate in hosting workshops and events to raise awareness of DIFC Academy’s schools and EIBFS’s training modules.

Speaking on the agreement, Jamal Al Jassmi said: “We are pleased to partner with DIFC Academy on this important initiative. Developing deep-seated competencies in the banking and finance space is now an important priority, and we believe upskilling existing employees is the first step in achieving this goal. Our rigorous annual training programmes, focused on 12 competency-based learning pathways and covering functional skills and soft skills development courses in banking and business-related subjects, can offer significant value for DIFC Academy’s subject matter experts in planning their course content.”

He added: “At EIBFS, it is our continuing endeavor to expand our portfolio with partners and colleagues in the industry to address the existing skills gap and thereby deliver on the UAE’s core priorities.”

Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority said: “DIFC is focused on shaping the future of finance and contributing to a knowledge-based economy. In part, we can do this by providing education opportunities for people who already work in the industry as well as the next generation who will contribute in the future. Through the DIFC Academy, we are pleased to be collaborating with EIBFS to develop the much needed talent in the financial sector across this region.” 



The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) was founded in 1983. As a leading independent training center, it offers world-class education, training and allied services in the critical areas of banking and finance. Based in the UAE, EIBFS currently has three campuses for education and training services located in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Institute has made substantial contributions to the careers of thousands of students and working professionals in the financial services sector. EIBFS is also a strong supporter of Emiratization and has launched various initiatives that have greatly helped to promote the careers of Emiratis. All academic programs offered by EIBFS are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Students who have successfully completed these programs have found productive employment at various levels in banks and financial institutions in the UAE and around the world.

About Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of USD 7.7 trillion.

With a 16-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of more than 25,000 professionals working across over 2,500 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance. Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.

Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations.

For further information, please visit difc.ae 

About DIFC Academy

DIFC Academy  launched in 2017 and curates a comprehensive range of impactful, regionally relevant executive education programmes developed in partnership with global business schools, professional development providers and internationally recognised training academies. The DIFC Academy supports the Centre’s vision to drive the future of finance through enabling executives to engage with a professional community of over 25,000 business leaders working across over 2,500 leading global and regional financial institutions and businesses.

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