American University of Sharjah wins 6th CFA Institute Research Challenge in UAE

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Published March 1st, 2015 - 07:52 GMT
CFAE - Research Challenge - Winning team
CFAE - Research Challenge - Winning team

American University of Sharjah became the 2014-15 CFA Institute Research Challenge winner in the UAE, beating competitor universities in a close final hosted by CFA Society Emirates, the local UAE member society of CFA Institute. The winning team will represent the UAE at the EMEA regional competition, to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on April 1-2, 2015.  The winners of the EMEA regional final will compete at the global finals in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in April.

The competition featured four teams from universities based in UAE and Oman, including the American University of Sharjah, Middlesex University Dubai, Institute of Management Technology Dubai and Sultan Qaboos University Muscat. Each team presented to a panel of judges an equity research report on Emaar Malls Group, the retail subsidiary of Emaar Properties, a leading property developer based in Dubai. Presentations were followed by a Q&A session led by the judges.

Amer Khansaheb, President of CFA Society Emirates, said: “This competition offers students an exceptional chance to learn about the financial industry from the most experienced professionals who are active within the sector. All of the judges were highly impressed with the quality of work and dedicated commitment displayed by each team. All of the students should be proud of their achievements in representing their respective university in a national competition. ”

He added: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the American University of Sharjah team for demonstrating excellence in both written and presentation components of the competition. For the sixth consecutive year, the research challenge presents students with an unparalleled opportunity to learn closely from leading industry experts from the world’s top business schools and gain valuable skills in corporate financial analysis and presentation delivery.”

Commenting on this year’s research challenge, Mohit Malhotra, CFA, Education Chair-Dubai of CFA Emirates, said:  “This annual educational and youth development initiative is designed to promote best practices in equity research. It is our pleasure to guide young talent towards fully understanding the role of a research analyst and the importance of maintaining integrity, ethical principles, and international best standards. We continually strive to educate young students about the field of investment research and promote the CFA program as the qualification of choice. I thank all of the teams and respective universities for their hard work and determination and wish the American University of Sharjah team all the best as they embark upon the next stage of the competition in Amsterdam.”

The CFA Institute Research Challenge, an educational competition for university students, offers participants the opportunity to assume the role of investment research analysts and subsequently develop and present an equity research report, which was based this year on Emaar Malls Group. Student teams compete on a global basis with peers from top business schools.

Each team was closely mentored by a professional research analyst and CFA charterholder during the initial research process. After drafting the report and receiving feedback from the designated mentor, each team writes a final research report which is presented to a panel of experts from top financial institutions.   

Background Information

American University of Sharjah

Founded in 1997, AUS is acclaimed throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the Middle East for its academic excellence and multicultural campus environment. We are an independent, non-profit, coeducational institution of higher education formed on the American model, which integrates broad-based liberal arts education with professional education studies. At AUS, all classes and administrative functions are conducted in English.


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