The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for people around the world, leaving no one unscathed. It has ensured far-reaching implications for businesses and communities across sectors, especially for those in the finance domain. As the economic fallout continues, banks are bracing themselves to weather the storm and realign their priorities to overcome this crisis at the earliest.
During this challenging period, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) took directed our energies into creating learning tools that will allow finance professionals to function effectively in the current market and gain a competitive advantage in the future.
This renewed thinking led to the agile delivery of the digital learning portfolio of live courses, where we trained all time high of around 30,000 learners in 2020, despite the unprecedented disruption. EIBFS also took a futuristic move in this period with the launch of our own E-learning MOOCS platform Insight, featuring a major library of courses in Banking and Finance making learning more accessible and on tap.
In 2020, EIBFS also partnered with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford to design and deliver a new leadership program focused on strategic leadership in the era of disruption, aimed at developing a strategic Emirati talent pool for the leadership roles in the Banking sector. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend my appreciation to the University of Oxford and EIBFS for this collaboration and the new synergy in the learning domain.
On behalf of EIBFS Board of Directors, I would like to place on record our appreciation to the industry for the continuous engagement in the multistage learning needs analysis and trusting your learners with EIBFS in 2020.
I wish the learners a highly rewarding learning experience in 2021.