Joint Scholarships for Hong Kong Private Wealth Management Professionals

The Hong Kong Securities Institute (HKSI) today announced the offer of three scholarships for Private Wealth Management (PWM) professionals in Hong Kong. The scholarships, each worth HKD42,000, are being jointly offered by the HKSI, Association of International Wealth Management (AIWM) and AZEK.

Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., April 14, 2012 --( Hong Kong has been playing a lead role as a PWM Centre for the Asia Pacific region. Market development has been fairly remarkable, largely a result of the professionalism of market practitioners, a supportive trading environment, and a robust regulatory framework. Fuelled by the rapid growth of the economies in the Greater China region, and the steady inflow of wealth from regional and global markets, the PWM industry in Hong Kong is enjoying a promising outlook as well.

To ensure PWM professionals in Hong Kong are well-equipped to ride on this wave of opportunities, HKSI took the lead last year in bringing in world class private wealth management qualification – the Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM®) programme. The structured programme, introduced in 2011, helps PWM professionals gain deeper industry understanding and knowledge.

As part of its commitment to nurturing talent for the industry, the HKSI’s new scholarship programme will allow for more professionals to be trained in the provision of advisory services in the wealth management industry.

Ms Julia Leung, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, is pleased to see the HKSI takes this initiative. “The HKSI has developed a set of competency guidelines for the private banking intermediaries and has built a pipeline of talents for the industry through the CIWM programme,” she said.

Chairman of the HKSI, Mr Anthony Muh, commented, “We are pleased to join hands with AIWM and AZEK to offer these scholarships for PWM professionals in Hong Kong. The scholarships require commitment from both sides: the awardees will need to commit their time for this advanced programme while the local and international institutes are committing financial resources for the nurturing of talents.”

Mr SF Wong, Chief Executive of the HKSI, added, “HKSI started offering annual scholarships to university students from 2004. Now, we are taking a further step by encouraging PWM market professionals to invest for their own career development.”

The joint scholarships programme is now inviting applications. The scholarships cover the fees for modules 1 and 2 of the preparatory course and papers 1 and 2 of the final examination for CIWM. The application deadline is 30 April 2012. For details, please visit

For media enquiries, please contact the HKSI:
Mr S F Wong, Chief Executive on 3120 6288
Mr Kao, Se Fong, Corporate Communications Manager on 3120 6159 /

About the HKSI
The HKSI is a professional membership organisation established in 1997 for the securities and investment industry in the region.

Our vision is ‘To be the leading organisation in Greater China in promoting the standard of financial services by offering the highest quality professional examinations and training, and most valued and respected membership in the securities and investment industry.’

Our mission is to:
- set standards of professional excellence and integrity for members and market participants, and to provide the means of attaining them;
- contribute to Hong Kong's role as a leading international finance centre; and
- broaden the membership of professionals and enhance the capabilities and reputation of members.

About the Association of International Wealth Management
The Association of International Wealth Management (AIWM) is the international professional organisation for wealth managers, portfolio managers, investment advisors, asset managers and trust and estate practitioners worldwide.

The Association’s main role is to award the Certified International Wealth Manager Diploma (CIWM®), the integrated education qualification which is delivered internationally in partnership with approved training providers.

About AZEK
AZEK (Swiss Training Centre for Investment Professionals) is the leading training centre for financial analysts, investment fund analysts, assets managers, investment advisors, wealth managers and relationship managers. In Switzerland more than 4,050 candidates have obtained the federal and international diplomas from its training centre.
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