Emirates Institute for banking and financial studies' 2021 annual training plan to spur Emirati banking professionals towards acquiring future skills

ATP 2021 focuses on reskilling existing employees, stepping up digital skills of fresh graduates

Jamal Al Jassmi

Jamal Al Jassmi

  • 2021 edition to include 360 courses, 1,168 programs scheduled, represents 91% Y-o-Y increase in courses added 

Dubai-UAE:– The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), a regional leader in banking and finance education and training, today announced its 2021 Annual Training Plan (ATP) that prioritizes progression pathways and courses required for future jobs in the banking and finance industry.

Finalized by Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Chairman of  EIBFS, along with the Board of Directors, the framework has been developed to support the UAE leadership’s vision to transform the current educational system and teaching methods through a focus on new ways of learning to reskill existing bank employees. In addition, the new plan aims to support Emiratis in the sector to enhance their career prospects and also to better position financial institutions for growth.

The 2021 Annual Training Program (ATP) features a library of 360 courses and 1,168 programs scheduled including certified blended learning pathways, micro-learning modules, artificial intelligence courses and self-learning materials. The figures represent a 91% Year-on-Year increase in the courses added. Created through meticulously charting out competency-specific learning pathways, the 2021 course portfolio covers key banking related areas. Finance professionals can look forward to financial analysis, risk management and credit documentation programs, among others. Leveraging this skills-based approach, EIBFS is transforming the continuous learning model through enabling banking professionals to top-up modules based on their areas of expertise and interests. 

Speaking on the approach followed in ATP 2021, Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the banking and financial services industry, compelling all of us to rethink the ways in which we operate. To this end, at EIBFS, we directed our energies towards creating new ways of learning to empower financial professionals to function effectively in a post-COVID-19 world. Our renewed thinking has guided our 2021 framework and we hope the digital-first approach will complement the UAE’s efforts in realizing its vision to develop a pool of Emirati talent to take on leadership positions in the banking sector.”

For his part, Jamal Al Jassmi, General Manager of EIBFS, said: “Despite the disruption the education sector has faced in 2020, we were quick to adapt to a digital model and were able to train over 30,000 professionals. Going into 2021, we seek to build on this momentum through introducing a new competency-based learning experience. Given the growing focus on digital transformation in financial services, we hope through our courses to enhance digital skills through artificial intelligence and gamification, among other tools.”

In 2020, EIBFS launched ‘Insight’— the first-ever specialized online learning platform in the MENA region that facilitates best-in-class financial education. The platform currently boasts 10,000 users, offers over 100 functional skills and soft skills development courses in categories including fintech, data analytics, corporate banking and management, trade finance, compliance and anti-money laundering, risk management, Islamic banking and business communication. Furthermore, to enhance its leadership development program, EIBFS also partnered with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.



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.

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