PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapter

21 March 2019

Professional services firm PwC has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian branch of the Project Management Institute.

Following up from its recent deal with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, the Middle Eastern arm of global professional services giant PwC has signed another agreement – this time with the Saudi chapter of the Project Management Institute: PMI-KSA. The three year collaboration will seek to promote and advance the project management profession in the Kingdom.

Counting some 500,000-plus members worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit industry association for project management professionals, providing advocacy, research, education and the most widely accepted certification for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide. Among 300 international chapters in 80 countries, PMI’s Saudi branch is one of the largest in the Middle East.

“PMI-KSA is pleased to sign this strategic MoU with a prestigious company like PwC to promote the project management profession,” said PMI-KSA President, Nabilah Al-Tunisi, who is the chief engineer for Saudi Aramco. “We aspire through this MoU and other PMI-KSA programmes to further expand the membership and awareness of the project management profession.”PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapterAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by PwC and PMI-KSA, the two organisations will form a partnership of “community, knowledge, technical and cultural advisory” in a number of key areas to develop the strength of the profession in the Kingdom – including collaboration on “standards, educational institutions, events and special interests”.

In a press joint statement, PwC and PMI-KSI outlined a number of objectives, including; to support and encourage the adoption of PMI standards and increase their use for KSA’s Mega Initiatives; to increase the competency of local project managers through accredited training courses; and to share and leverage knowledge gained through publications, site visits and events.”

“For decades, we have been known for our practice to help our clients with their projects from strategy through execution; as well as supporting them in realising and reaping the benefits of each phase,” said PwC Saudi Arabia Country Senior Leader Riyadh Al Najjar. “It is in our heritage of creating trust and providing advice to help public and private organisations be successful.”

Al Najjar continued: “This partnership is another restatement to this effort, only cementing our mission; and we hope that together with PMI-KSA we can continue to support our clients in the best way possible and equip our people to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Together, we can bring forth the best of our combined knowledge and experiences and make an impact in the future of project management in the Kingdom.”

UAE banking and finance educators sign MoU with PwC's Academy ME

12 March 2019

The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies has formed a strategic partnership with PwC's Academy ME – the business education unit of PwC Middle East – to deliver courses on Fintech, Blockchain and Data Analytics.

The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies – EIBFS, an education and training organisation for the banking and financial services sectors in the UAE – has signed a strategic agreement with PwC Middle East’s educational wing, PwC Academy ME, to collaborate on delivering new professional certificate courses in the fields of Fintech, Blockchain and Data Analytics.

According to EIBFS, the new offerings form part of the organisation’s strategic initiatives to develop future skill-sets for the local banking and finance industry.  “We have conducted a holistic industry-driven multi-stage learning need analysis with an emphasis on techno-functional skills in order to prepare UAE nationals for a disruptive digital era,” said EIBFS General Manager Jamal Al Jassmi.

Established in 1983, with state of the art campuses in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and serving more than 26,000 trainees across a roster of 885 training programmes last year, EIBFS in its mission statement seeks to contribute towards emiratisation, promote scientific research, and upgrade and disseminate specialised knowledge in the banking and finance sector, in line with nation’s Vision 2021 agenda.UAE banking and finance educators sign MoU with PwC's Academy ME“Our strategic partnership with PwC’s Academy targets fintech, blockchain and data analytics to enhance future skills and aptitudes that bank employees have to adopt,” added Al Jassmi, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at an EIBFS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting together with PwC partner and Middle East Academy lead Amanda Line, a former ICAEW Chartered Accountant of the Year.

Line – who established the Middle East office of the ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, one of the world’s leading professional bodies for the accountancy and finance industry with over 150,000 members worldwide) – now leads a fast-growing PwC Academy unit which today has branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Riyadh, Muscat, Doha, Beirut and Amman.

Originally established in Europe nearly 20 years ago, PwC’s Middle East Academy is now part of a network of more than forty such institutions the Big Four professional services firm operates across the globe – locally offering a range of courses across three primary faculties; Finance and Tax, HR and Leadership, and Digital. In 2016, the Academy delivered over 55,000 participant training days for 15,000-plus professionals and students.

“Our strategic partnership with EIBFS provides a platform for creative, collaborative and value-driven learning,” said Line. With a focus on current and disruptive topics, such as data analytics, machine learning and human literacy, we can boost the success of UAE nationals as well as the growth of the financial sector in the UAE, true to our promise of supporting the sustainable growth of talent across the region.”

According to a press release, PwC’s Academy ME will handle the content and delivery of the three new certification programmes in collaboration with EIBFS, which, joining other existing EIBFS ‘techno-functional’ offerings in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity, will involve pre-course reading, intensive classroom sessions, post-course case studies, and the dreaded examinations.

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