ICCI students up to ethics challenge

| 16/04/2019
CNS Local Life
(L-R, standing) Siddhant Jain Jaiswal, Melisa Hamilton, David Luu, Gamu Usai, Marcelo Suarez Castillo, Richard Maparura and Dr Aleza Beverly, with winning students Zytka Coleman, Tashae Lawson and Monique McGee

(CNS Local Life): Teams of International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) students took part in the college’s first-ever Ethics Challenge on 4 April, organised by the CFA Society of Cayman Islands (CFASCI), which days earlier held a similar event at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Representing CFASCI in hosting the event were Richard Maparura, education and membership chairman, and Siddhant Jain Jaiswal, audit manager at EY, stated an ICCI press release.

The Ethics Challenge tasked ICCI student teams to analyse and evaluate a case study identifying ethical dilemmas based on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics & Standards of Professional Conduct, with the goal of increasing knowledge and professionalism among the students as future leaders.

The two teams, which consisted of students from multiple disciplines, presented their findings and recommendations to a panel of four judges: David Luu, president of CFASCI, and a vice president at Harbour Trust Company Fiduciary Service; Marcelo Suarez Castillo, vice president of CFASCI, and a director of institutional asset management at Scotiabank; Gamu Usai, a chief analyst at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority; and Melisa Bent-Hamilton, the registrar at ICCI.

The winning team was determined based on their ability to identify and understand the ethical issues in the case, and provide in-depth recommendations based on their analysis, stated the press release. The judges also assessed presentation skills, and the ability to respond to the open-ended knowledge-based questions. Both teams “performed admirably”, ICCI, with the team of Monique McGee, business major, associate degree; Tashae Lawson, accounting major, associate; and Zytka Coleman, business administration major, bachelor, walking away with the top prize.

“We are indeed proud of the level of professional and in-depth analysis presented by our students, said Bent-Hamilton who was one of the coaches for the students. “The winning team brought creativity by not only identifying the ethical issues of the case, but offered solutions or the more appropriate ways to handle each issue as managers of the organisation.

Marco Calleja, a partner with EY, said of the event. “Integrity and sound judgment are pillars of our industry, and shaping ethical and critical thinking in students is key. It is also inspiring to see that the students are so well prepared for their careers.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to University! – A panel of 4 judges have the last say of what is ethical and what isn’t ethical. And for all you know, they could be wrong.