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New academy puts banking and trade finance first

Thierry Sénéchal is senior policy manager of the Banking Commission at the International Chamber of Commerce

Thierry Sénéchal is senior policy manager of the Banking Commission at the International Chamber of Commerce

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched the ICC Academy – “setting a new standard for professional education”. Delivered via a digital platform, it will provide rigorous, relevant and applicable business education – “encouraging individuals to reach their highest potential with respect to professional competency and ethical conduct”.

The ICC Academy will draw on ICC expertise in specialist fields – starting with a faculty in banking and trade finance shaped by more than 600 banking experts from 110 countries.

The faculty features around 70 online courses and two global certificates in trade finance. Following this initial trade finance focus, the ICC Academy will broaden its scope – introducing new curricula, spanning all ICC competences from international law to anti-corruption.

The academy has been launched in partnership with International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the government agency that promotes international trade. Its aim is to serve as a centre of excellence and thought leadership for the global business community.

The courses are being designed and taught by ICC’s “unrivalled roster of experts and practitioners, incorporating insights from external senior business leaders and policymakers”.

They are delivered via a dynamic digital platform, using innovative tools to give the academy global reach, allowing “those in developing and remote regions the same access to world-class professional education as those in advanced economies – ie, developing skills even in the most challenging locations”.

“E-learning initiatives are being adopted as a means of maximising educational budgets as well as expanding the potential breadth of audience – without compromising on the quality or depth of learning,” said John Danilovich, secretary general of ICC. “Provided users have access to the Internet, distance learning means there will be no inequalities with respect to educational potential via the ICC Academy – no matter where an individual is situated.”

The use of a digital platform also allows ICC to centralise the academy in one location: Singapore, chosen as the location for the academy because of the country’s well-established business infrastructure, strong network of companies and large pool of skilled talent.

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