Malta Stock Exchange Institute Ltd
The Malta Stock Exchange Institute is a subsidiary of the Malta Stock Exchange and was set up in 2017. The Institute is the educational arm of the Exchange and leverages on the dominant market position it enjoys as Malta’s Exchange that has managed to attract over 53 entities to list on its Regulated Main Market, which current has a market capitalisation of over €13.3 billion. It also operated the Prospects MTF market that targets SMEs and has attracted 22 organisations to be admitted, with a total market capitalisation of €96 million.
The Exchange also operates its own central security depository and has over 70,000 mostly retail investor accounts.
The creation of the Institute was part of the Exchange’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy to increase the level of financial literacy amongst the public, as well as providing short courses that are relevant to the many practitioners who operate within the financial services sector in Malta. This has been a very successful venture, with over 1350 students attending the 90 courses organised in 2019, a significant increase on the 950 students who attended 65 courses in 2018. The Institute is an educational Institute authorised to provide educational courses and awards up to MQF level4, and is licenced by the Maltese authorities.
The MSE Institute is managed by Cliff Pace, the Director of Studies, who comes from a long career in financial services, and has an MBA from Henley Management College amongst other qualifications. He is supported by specialist units within the Exchange who come from Finance, HR, customer care, and has a network of highly capable lecturing staff who work in the financial services sector and who are able to pass on their experience and practical insights as well as academic knowledge in respect of their respective course subjects.
The Malta Stock Exchange Institute has actively enhanced the level of financial education in Malta in respect of individual investors and industry practitioners alike. The Institute has attained its objective of effectively entering into the educational sphere of operations through the organisation of short affordable and practical courses covering a wide variety of topics. In fact, in just 2 years, the MSE Institute has positioned itself as a leading provider of short courses that are focused on the needs of the financial services sector as well as the retail investor, and currently offers over 60 different courses covering a diverse range of subjects. The MSE Institute has also continued to support general financial literacy through the organisation of the Annual Investor Conference, aimed at retail investors and which offers attendees the opportunity to learn the principles and practical concepts of investing in the capital markets from qualified and experienced professionals. In this respect, the Institute is continuing to organise an ever increasing number of short courses on subjects that cover the various aspects of the capital markets as well as courses that fall within the wider scope of financial services and related areas like CSR, cyber security and GDPR amongst others.
The Malta Stock Exchange Institute will continue to focus on its target audience through the positioning of its courses that are aimed at participants with various levels of financial knowledge, from the small investor to students and practitioners, or simply those who want to know more about financial matters. The Institute offers both classroom as well as online courses in English, making it accessible to anyone interested in attending any of its many courses.
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Coopération Bancaire pour l'Europe
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FONDAZIONE LUIGI CLERICI
Fondazione Luigi Clerici is a private no profit foundation, established in 1972, operating in Italy by its 19 centres in field of training, services towards people, companies and social organizations.
It aims at giving a contribution to the social and professional inclusion in the world of work, paying special attention to disadvantaged groups (elderly people, migrants, people with special needs, long term unemployed etc), to promote an up-to-date qualification to the work, to speed up the effective concreteness of the right to study of each citizen and the rights to full employment and right to work.
Lidi Smart Solutions
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Lidi Smart Solutions’ key role in the Transition project is to lead development of a blockchain entrepreneur kit. By bringing our experience from other EU-funded projects, expertise in technologies, and devotion to the work, we aim to achieve high-quality training content. Furthermore, Lidi Smart Solutions will run a pilot testing of the developed materials and will disseminate the project outcomes to a variety of stakeholders.
The company is based in The Netherlands.