Thwaites endorses JSE e-Campus
The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) e-Campus received another boost last week, when it was endorsed by Minister of Education, Reverend Ronald Thwaites.
The JSE e-Campus is the first institution in the English Speaking Caribbean to be CPD certified. Its Post Graduate Diploma is also approved by the Financial Services Commission.
Speaking at a press conference last week, Thwaites said there were tremendous possibilities for the JSE e-Campus platform. According to the minister, the Ministry of Education supports the contribution of the JSE to the professional development of practitioners in the financial and allied sectors through the programmes offered by the e-Campus.
"We commended the management of the JSE for providing this innovative and First-World method of delivering continuing education to busy professional and stated that of note, your e-Campus has been registered by the University Council of Jamaica as a tertiary institution to develop and deliver courses and programmes," he said, adding "This means that your e-Campus is a bona fide member of the education sector and is expected to operate according to the requisite standards governing tertiary institutions and the quality of their programme offerings."
The minister said that he anticipates opportunities for partnership with the JSE, in strengthening the competencies of financial and accounting personnel at central office and the larger educational institutions.
He also said that the advent of the International Logistics Hub in Jamaica provides an opportunity for the JSE through the e-Campus to help retrain financial and accounting professionals in the demands or requirements of, for example, the Maritime Logistics sector.
"Your organisation is well placed to undertake such an initiative with your established international links. In this regard, the ministry congratulates the JSE e-Campus on being the first Caribbean learning organisation in the financial sector to be recognised by the London-based Continuing Professional Development Certification Service," he said. "Commendably, this achievement places the JSE e-Campus in the auspicious company of the London Stock Exchange, UBS Global Asset Management and London School of Economics & Political Science to name just a few providers of continuing professional development."
JSE general manager Marlene Street-Forrest in her welcome address stated that the e-Campus has the benefit of a 'Best in Class' portal, personnel and programmes.
"The JSE e-Campus has the support of a well-qualified Board of Governors, an Academic Review Committee, a Dean of Studies and seasoned lecturers who are themselves practioners in the industry. We understand that there is strength in collaboration and as such we have also signed Memorandums of Understanding with the Northern Caribbean University and the Mico University as we believe that the sharing of knowledge and resources will enhance our product offerings," she said.