On March 30 – 31, CFA Association Russia made a two-day trip to Rostov-on-Don, the capital of Russia’s Southern Federal District, within the framework of the outreach program.
Last year, CFA Russia started the outreach program seeking to familiarize and promote the mission and values of CFA Institute, as well as build ties with universities and financial professionals across Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union.
During the outreach trip to Rostov-on-Don, Neil Withers, President of CFA Russia, and Vladimir Tutkevich, the association’s executive director, were accompanied with Mikhail Tyutyunnik, the director of the Rostov-on-Don branch of the Moscow Exchange (MoEx).
Neil, Vladimir, and Mikhail met with students at the city’s two major universities, the Southern Federal University (SFU) and the Rostov State University of Economics (RSUE).
It’s worth noting that SFU students participated in the 2016-2017 CFA Institute Research Challenge. That’s why some of the students and faculty staff at the university knew about CFA Institute and were eager to find out more about both the organization and student competition. Around 60 students attended CFA Russia’s outreach meeting at SFU.
Almost twice as many people came to meet with the CFA delegation at RSUE. Students and faculty came to learn about the CFA program and the advantages a CFA charter can bring in one’s future professional career.
Besides meeting with students at the two universities, the CFA Russia representatives held an evening business dinner with members of the Rostov finance community. Many among the present were eager to find out how much time it takes to get a CFA charter, how exactly having the charter may help them advance in their career and other typical questions CFA candidates usually ask.
The CFA charter is “a golden ticket to the world of global finance,” Vladimir said during the dinner. Once a person gets the CFA designation, he or she becomes part of the elite group of professionals who have globally relevant knowledge and can find employment anywhere in the world, he added.
Since the start of the outreach program, Neil and Vladimir already visited St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, and Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Throughout 2017, CFA Russia plans to visit more cities, including Perm, Kazan, and even reach as far out as Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East.