Seminars to encourage university students to enrol in finance major
More than 20% increase, compared to 2013, in the number of students enrolling in finance post QInvest's seminars
QInvest, Qatar's leading investment bank and one of the most prominent Islamic financial institutions in the world, recently held two seminars for over 300 students from Qatar University to discuss the dynamics of the finance industry ahead of the students deciding on their College Majors.
Tamim Hamad Al-Kawari, QInvest's Chief Executive Officer, said:
Qatar has experienced significant growth in recent years. We believe that local talent has played an extremely important role in the country's development and strengthened the foundations upon which the economy is built. QInvest seeks to encourage the building of knowledge, excellence and success and allows students to gain expertise and grow within a professional working environment.
Al-Kawari Added: QInvest fully supports Qatar University's goal to encourage the creation and growth of Qatar's future leaders within the finance and business sectors. We are committed to participating in the preparation of a roadmap for sustainable growth in Qatar and encouraging the [further] diversification of the country's economy.
Over 300 female and male students attended the event which was held over two days. Duncan Walker, COO and CFO of QInvest, attended the two day seminar and talked to students about finance and its importance in the global economy. The students were also addressed by Essa Saud Al-Kawari, Head of Government & Community Relations and Administration Affairs; Bassel Hanbali, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations; Pascale Al Sabbagh, HR Vice President; and Dr. Hala Kassem, Legal Assistant Vice President.
Professor Nitham Hindi, Dean of College of Business and Economics at Qatar University, commented:
It was an honour for us to welcome industry practitioners from QInvest and it was a hugely valuable experience for our students. The visit deepened our students understanding of the finance industry and provided them with an overview of career trends and opportunities in Qatar and the region.
Duncan Walker, COO and CFO of QInvest, said:
Events like these are an effective way of supporting the Qatar National vision 2030 and QInvest is delighted to have had such a positive response from this group of inspiring students. Finance is a key part of the global economy and we are delighted that so many students from Qatar University showed such a keen interest in learning about the industry.
Essa Saud Al-Kawari, Head of Government & Community Relations and Administration Affairs at QInvest, commented:
Organisations like ours have a responsibility to inspire the next generation of Qatar's business leaders and we were thrilled by the enthusiasm shown by the students. We were particularly pleased to see such high numbers of female and male students attend the event and we will look for more opportunities to help develop the talent needed to support the economic growth of Qatar.
The seminar covered topics related to the investment banking industry including treasury, operations, marketing, human resources, legal and compliance. The session topics were developed by Bassel Hanbali and Dr Rami Zeitun, Chair of Finance & Economics, in cooperation with Assistant Professors of Finance, Dr. Mohamed Eissa and Dr. Mohammed Elgammal.
QInvest has developed a corporate social responsibility program which includes a variety of educational, training & development, social, cultural and sporting activities. QInvest also sponsors conferences, seminars and other initiatives that support the growth of financial services and further enhances the status of the State of Qatar as a leading financial centre in the Middle East.