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Edufinet Project's International Congress inaugurated today

Edufinet Financial Education International Congress ‘Realities and Challenges’, organized by Unicaja’s Edufinet Project, was inaugurated today with a great public attendance. More than fifty speakers and moderators from different fields and from Spanish and European institutions will analyze the future of this subject.

22 NOV 2018

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This Congress, organized by the Edufinet Project –promoted by Unicaja Banco and Fundación Unicaja- includes the participation of representatives from national and international institutions such as the Bank of Spain, CNMV, Funcas, Cecabank, AEB or the EU Economic and Social Committee or the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Unitar); professors from national and international universities and business schools; analysts, auditors, financial advisors and consultants; representatives from business associations, as well as journalists specialized in economic information.

 

The goal of this Congress is to become a meeting point for the main agents involved in financial education to address topics such as the challenges faced by this discipline, the actions to be implemented to boost it or the efficiency of the existing training programmes.

 

Edufinet Financial Education International Congress ‘Realities and Challenges’, organized by Unicaja’s Edufinet Project, was inaugurated today with a great public attendance. More than fifty speakers and moderators from different fields and from Spanish and European institutions will analyze the future of this subject.

 

This Congress (www.edufinetcongress.com), organized by the Edufinet Project –promoted by Unicaja Banco and Fundación Unicaja- will be held in Malaga today 22 November and tomorrow, 23 November. Supplementary activities have also been organized this week.

 

In particular, participants include representatives from national and international institutions such as the Bank of Spain, Spanish Securities Market National Commission (CNMV), Funcas (Foundation of Savings Banks), Cecabank, AEB (Spanish Association of Banking) the EU Economic and Social Committee or the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Unitar); professors from national and international universities and business schools; analysts, auditors, financial advisors and consultants; representatives from business associations, as well as journalists specialized in economic information.

 

Today’s opening ceremony was attended by the General Director of Fundación Unicaja, Sergio Corral, by Unicaja Banco’s Deputy Chairman, Victorio Valle, by Funcas’ General Director, Carlos Ocaña, and by the Head of the Edufinet Project, José M. Domínguez.

 

Tomorrow’s closing ceremony is expected to be attended by Unicaja Banco’s Chairman, Manuel Azuaga, and by the General Director of Fundación Unicaja, Sergio Corral. Before the closing ceremony, the Head of the Edufinet Project, José M. Domínguez, will present the conclusions.

 

Edufinet Financial Education International Congress is hosted in Unicaja Banco’s assembly hall, in Avenida de Andalucía, 10-12, in Malaga. It is sponsored by Funcas and, among its goals, it includes addressing topics such as the challenges faced by financial education, actions to be implemented to boost it or the effectiveness of the existing training programmes.

 

In sum, the Edufinet Project intends to turn this date into a meeting point for the main agents involved in financial education, such as professionals, scholars and representatives from institutions. However, the Congress is open to the general public.

 

Ten sessions to address different realities and challenges

 

The programme of the Congress ‘Realities and Challenges’ is divided into ten sessions to be held today and tomorrow. As previous activities, on 20 November an exercise of behavioral economics was carried out and on 21, several workshops were organized.

 

With regard to the ten sessions, they focus on a choice of topics, organized under different subjects:

  • Level of financial education.
  • Didactics and methodology of financial education.
  • Effects of financial education programmes.
  • Good practices in financial education programmes.
  • Decision-making. The psychology of financial decisions.
  • Financial education and entrepreneurship.
  • Economic analysis of the effectiveness of financial education projects.
  • Economic-financial knowledge in the educational system. International experience.
  • Financial education and the digitalization challenge.
  • Financial inclusion.

A roundtable on financial education from the point of view of the media has also been organized.

 

Supplementary activities

 

The Congress has been completed with different activities organized at the Unicaja Financial Education Center. In particular, on Tuesday 20 November an exercise of behavioral economics was carried out, by means of a test to be completed by the participants in order to assess their answers to financial and economic questions with a behavioral component.

 

On Wednesday 21, in the morning, five workshops were organized about financial education proposals and initiatives from the basis of the training experience gained; basic concepts of Law for financial education; financial education as a tool for citizens and businesses to learn about the tax system; the role of the media in the dissemination of financial literacy; and financial education, mutual funds and pension plans.

 

Edufinet Project, eleven years of financial education

 

The Edufinet Project launched in 2007 its Internet portal, fostered by Unicaja, with the collaboration of the Andalusia International University (UNIA, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía) and of the University of Malaga (UMA).

 

However, its development began in 2005 within Unicaja, which became one of the first financial institutions to launch such an initiative in Spain. Currently, 14 universities and more than ten business institutions and organization collaborate with this project.

 

Throughout its eleven years of history, it has received several awards, and over 127,600 people have participated in the different workshops, seminars, courses and conferences organized. 89,000 of them have participated through the Conferences on Financial Education for Young People. The website www.edufinet.com, has registered more than seven million visits, with consultations and access from nearly 180 countries.

 

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