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A global experience with a personalized focus

Frankfurt School is one of the leading business schools in Germany. We are proud of our long experience as a premier education provider with a strong focus on Finance and Management.

Here at IAS, we believe Education is one of the core pillars of sustainable and equitable development. Therefore, our competence centre strives to promote access to quality education for our partner institutions worldwide. We work with universities, bank academies and central bank training centres on topics such as accreditation, curriculum development, quality assurance, financial planning, as well as student education finance.

Our advisory services encompass all levels of education:

  1. The Product Level: We design professional, executive and academic curricula and course materials of international standard suited to local qualification needs.
  2. The Institutional Level: We provide support for staff development in academic and training institutions, the establishment of adequate infrastructure including software and the implementation of quality assurance mechanisms such as training impact assessment, evaluation and accreditation.
  3. The Sector Level: We tackle issues such as cost-sharing in higher education, the launch of education finance products such as student loans or school entrepreneur financing.

Flagship Projects

Barbados

Technical Assistance for the Development of Accredited and Professional Training in the Financial Service Sector in Barbados

As with many countries in the world, including the leading international financial centres, the global financial crisis exposed some weaknesses in Barbados’ regulatory architecture, particularly the existence of several overlapping bodies. Consequently, Barbados is setting up a unitary Financial Services Commission and the aim is to establish this in the second quarter of 2010.

A Financial Regulatory Conference on 14th October 2009, organised by the Central Bank of Barbados, emphasised the urgency and importance of these changes for Barbados to retain its reputation as the best regulated market in the Caribbean and to develop its competitive advantage. The establishment of the Institute of Financial Risk and Regulation (IIFRR) to improve the training and skills level of finance professionals in regulatory issues is a key component in Barbados further developing its reputation and competitiveness.

We [IAS] were contracted to assist in the establishment of a sustainable business model for the IIFRR in Barbados and to produce a menu of marketable, custom-tailored, accredited courses in the areas of risk management, anti-money laundering, corporate governance and supervision, targeted at young professionals, middle and senior management in the Caribbean and beyond.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Establishment of the Congolese German Centre of Excellence for Microfinance at the Protestant University of Congo, Kinshasa

The Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance (CCAM) is one of five Centers of Excellence in Africa sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Services (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienste – DAAD). Its aim is to promote teaching and research to train future leaders in microfinance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and beyond. CCAM pursues a vision based on four points:

  • To be a centre of excellence of education and research in microfinance in DRC and Africa.
  • To give DRC and, to a certain extent, Central Africa, professionals able to make a significant contribution to enhancing performances and impact on microfinance institutions.
  • To offer microfinance professionals in DRC the possibility to undertake training and/or to retrain in order to better accomplish their mission.
  • To contribute to training and/or provision of appropriate information to players in the field of microfinance in DRC while taking account of the real needs, challenges and opportunities in this sector.

The CCAM offers a two-year Master programme which has been designed in accordance with the demands of the Ministry of Secondary and University Education of the Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically the official programme of management courses (Business Management) but also conforms to the standards of the Bologna Accords. IT is equivalent to 120 points in the European Credit Transfer System.


The course built on four pillars: microfinance, finance and quantitative methods, economics and management taught by local and international experts. Each year the programme attracts 35 carefully selected students. Admission is very competitive: the application ratio is about 3:1. The graduates of the programme are highly sought after: the graduate placement ratio is >75%.
 

MENA Region

Development of Innovative, Demand-Oriented Approaches And Instruments For Financing Education

Access to high quality tertiary education is inequitable in many MENA countries. Governments are struggling to provide the educational infrastructure demanded by young people in the region. Many governments have introduced fees or other cost sharing instruments to cushion the resulting budgetary pressure. Yet this move has not been matched by the development of adequate financial instruments for students.

IAS has produced an arsenal of innovate, demand oriented approaches for financing education from the perspective of individual learners in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. The suggestions include performance indexed, Sharia compliant human capital contracts or interest-free student loans.

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