CFA Society Singapore

A Member of the CFA Institute Global Network of Societies

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 About the CFA Society Singapore University Ethics Challenge 2018

 

CFA Singapore (CFAS) is ready to introduce a new approach to ethics pedagogy by educating young professional on ethics through experiential learning. The purpose is to bring the ethics curriculum out of the classroom. CFA Singapore wishes to expose the students to real world challenges and experience on ethical situation and dilemma. We believe such approach will result in students becoming more invested in the topic and more committed to successfully resolving ethical issues that confront them in the business environment. ​​

 

The CFA Society Singapore University Ethics Challenge embodies the mission of CFA Institute by promoting "the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence." In addition, it focuses on many of the elements of CFA Institute's Future of Finance initiative. Equally as important, it helps prepare those entering the investment profession for the ethical challenges that they will face in the workplace.

 

This will be the first Ethics Challenge to be organized in Singapore and in Asia.

 

The CFA Singapore University Ethics Challenge is designed to increase students' awareness of the ethical dilemmas and issues they may face when they enter the investment management industry. Teams consisting of students from finance or business programs are given an ethics case to analyze and evaluate. Each team then presents its analysis and recommendations, to a panel of judges, selected by the CFAS. Following a question and answer period after each team's presentation, the judges then select a winner. To determine the winning team, the judges use a grading rubric that is based on the identification and understanding of the ethical issues in the case, the recommendations provided, the depth of the analysis, quality of the presentation, and responses to the judges' questions. This rubric is then used to provide feedback to each team at the end of the competition.

 How It Works

The Ethics Challenge is designed for universities who are part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP).  If the university is NOT an affiliated school, the school is recommended to have a strong focus on ethics in their curriculum. CFA Society Singapore has the discretion on the eligibility of universities.

There is no limitation to the number of teams each university can send in to the preliminary round. Each team shall consist of between three and five members. In the preliminary round, teams will have 14 days to work on a case. Teams will submit a written report consisting of analysis and recommendations to CFA Society Singapore via email. The report shall not be longer than 5 pages, with appendix not more than 10 pages. A panel of judges will be grading the reports. Eight teams will be selected to enter into the final national round.

In the Final National round, students will have 24hours to work on a new case and then presentations are given live to a judging panel of CFA Charterholders. The competition is 100% presentation based; which includes: a 10-minute presentation and then 10 additional minutes to respond to questions from the judges.  A reception will follow, where one team is designated the ultimate Singapore University Ethics Challenge winner!

Teams are judged based on their recommended course of action and their ability to identify the violations to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics & Standards of Professional Conduct.​

 

 

 2018 University Ethics Challenge Timeline

Date

Description

22 September 2018

CFA Society Singapore University Ethics Challenge Kick Off Meeting

 

Ethics Workshop “Ethical Decision-making framework”

23 September 2018 - 1800hours

Registration deadline for University Teams

24 September 2018

Preliminary Round​ - Distribution of Case to participating teams​

7 October 2018 – 2359hours

Preliminary Round - ​Submission of Written Reports

15 October 2018 – 1800hours

Announcement of Results – Selected teams will advance to Final National round

25 October 2018 – 1700hours

Final National Round - Distribution of Case to finalist teams

26 October 2018 – 1700hours

Final National Round - Submission of P​resentation M​aterials

27 October 2018 – 0800hours

Final National Challenge presentation ​

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 Registration

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Register your team for the CFA Singapore University Ethics Challenge 2018 Today!
 
 
(Registration Closes on 23 Setpember 2018)

 Upcoming Events

22 September 2018 - CFA Society Singapore University Ethics Challenge Kick Off Meeting / Ethics Workshop

27 October 2018 - Final National Challenge​

 Related Information

 Benefits of Participation

  • ​​Increase awareness of real-world ethical dilemmas and prepares students for how to handle them.

  • Positive public relations and brand exposure for your school.

  • Improves student presentation and teamwork skills

  • Augments classroom learning by combining theory and practice

  • Provides professional networking opportunities for students and faculty.

  • Demonstrates the importance of strong ethics to tomorrow’s professionals.

 Required Readings

CFA Institute’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

 

Read more about: The Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

 

Online Course: CFA Institute: An Introduction to the Code and Standards (Video Series)​

 The Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct video series is a 22-part primer to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct (Code and Standards), the ethical benchmark for investment professionals globally. Participating teams will find the content helpful to learn about the fundamental ethical principles applicable to the investment profession and identify common ethical dilemmas and possible ways to resolve them. Each video conveys the key concepts of the standard, recommended compliance practices, and provides case studies to allow users to practice application of the standard to real world scenarios.