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Advanced Studies and Training Centre was established in the year 2000 to bring together local business individuals with professional international trainers, with a view to facilitate learning. Keeping in mind the cultural diversity in Dubai, we offer trainings in a variety of subjects in both English and Arabic languages.



It is our mission to engage people in learning that inspire them to be involved and take action.



To become the premier destination for ICT start-ups and entrepreneurs.



We are a solution provider, passionate in transformation and committed to create an environment of success and trust

CEO’s message

Mohammad Al Hashemi

“Seeing the profoundly growing infrastructure in Dubai and developments all around the Globe, one thinks of the needs to come up in this ever-growing competitive world.

Advanced Studies & Training Centre has come up in this competitive market to help those who require assistance to climb the ladder of success.

Our learning solutions are comprehensive and complete, result driven and development focus, based on the high quality content provided in the 21st century blended environment.

We hold the hands of our clients and help them to taste success, continue to transform their business and endeavor to develop their resource through our learning packs.

“I believe this is the place where you’ll start with endless journey of success and learning”

ASTC Three Pillars of Success for Enlighten Your Business
  • Qualiy Content
  • Customer Focus
  • Culture Of Trust

Our Training Partners & Members


The UAE Financial Market Association was decreed by the Ministry of Social Affairs in December 2011 and is the standard bearer for financial markets professionals in the United Arab Emirates; we have more than 200 members under the umbrella of the UAE FMA.

The UAE FMA is affiliated to ACI – The Financial Markets Association, the global umbrella body of national associations. The Paris-based body has more than 13,000 members worldwide in more than 60 countries. This makes ACI the largest international association in the wholesale financial markets. ACI – The Financial Markets Association was founded in France in 1955 following an agreement between foreign exchange dealers in Paris and London. UAE Financial market Association seeks to add value to the industry and its members by promoting continuous education and social awareness.

The main priorities of the United Arab Emirates Financial Markets Association are to keep members informed of the changes in the financial industry and provide a forum for discussion in organized events on issues affecting the markets, the UAE FMA enhances educational value and working experience and knowledge by providing appropriate educational services to those with a legitimate interest in the financial markets. UAE FMA also cultivate greater communication channels among members, markets, and other similar bodies so as to give members the opportunity to network through various events organized by the Association.



The ACI Financial Markets Association, the global umbrella body of national associations. The Paris-based body has more than 13,000 members worldwide in more than 60 countries. This makes ACI the largest international association in the wholesale financial markets. ACI – The Financial Markets Association was founded in France in 1955 following an agreement between foreign exchange dealers in Paris and London.


The training business was originally founded in 1987, and since 2005 has been established as Hastings Business Training. HBT is a provider of Corporate Strategy training solutions, including courses in Management, Financial/Auditing, Information Technology and Public Sector administration.

Organisations train their staff to increase their competitive advantage in their chosen market. In whichever industry, in whatever skill area, investing in expertise gives an organisation the ability to react faster to situations where success is critical to achieving business goals.

In the field of management information systems, the rate of technical development is so fast, and its implications so radical, that training in this area is even more vital than most. Increasingly, technology allows organisations to right?Size their internal systems and create mission critical computer networks.

Efficient, well-structured and resilient networks are therefore essential to business success, needing internal staffs that have the right expertise and experience. This ensures the organisationmaximises its return on Information Technology investment which is an extremely valuable asset.

Hastings Business Training helps organisationsrealise these objectives by providing a carefully designed specialised service for management, accountancy, auditing, and computer technology training requirements. Dedicated to delivering total customer satisfaction, Hastings Business Training has constantly developed and refined its training programmes to ensure that it is at the forefront in its field of expertise, providing excellent quality and value to customers.



RisXcel (UK) Ltd is a Corporate Management Training & Development Organisation designed to fulfil a need for organisations and individuals who have certain qualifications and experience and want to improve their career and person development through personal effectiveness. We create very well structured customised learning programmes that engage people, help build success and inspire people to empowerment and achieve shared goals.

RisXcel (UK) Ltd has established an enviable reputation for providing and delivering world-class trainings and development programmes in a variety of fields programmes in Brazil, Cameroon, China, Dubai, Ghana, India, Mauritius, Nigeria, The Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, UK, Vietnam and Zambia. Our team have a vast and rich experience. Together the trainers have, literally over 100 years of combined practical, relevant experience! And much of this experience has been gained across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

RisXcel (UK) Ltd is also actively engaged in partnering with a range of leading Universities worldwide. The nature of partnership varies and includes articulated delivery of Bachelors and Masters level degree programmes with UK, European and overseas partners together with student and staff exchange through numerous global links. The Academic Partner network gives RisXcel (UK) Ltd access to a wide range of markets. It addresses the demand for quality UK and overseas Higher Education to be made available to both local and overseas markets through these partnerships. We have always been at the forefront of education without borders, undaunted by the challenges that geographic, language or cultural barriers may present to discovery and learning.

RisXcel (UK) Ltd offers an all-round undergraduate and postgraduate study experience, to ensure learners get the best value from their time with us. We have the firm foundations, innovative approach and real world experience to offer the best in education. Our teaching is of the highest academic standard and is delivered by experienced and inspiring professionals who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm with learners as they progress through their course. And our highly trained learning support staff will provide learners with the advice, guidance and resources to make learning a pleasurable and rewarding experience, and help them achieve educational goals.


Dubai SME

ASTC is the member of SME.

Entrepreneurial Development

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive program that aims to favorably impact and influence the perception of Dubai Nationals towards entrepreneurship and lower the barriers of entry for new entrepreneurs.

The Establishment’s value-added platform includes:

Increasing social acceptability of taking an entrepreneurial path.
Raising awareness of specific entrepreneurial opportunities, and of the possibilities of starting a business through ongoing training and seminars.

Educating interested potential entrepreneurs on how to start-up a business and lowering the barriers to starting new enterprises.

Matching pent-up entrepreneurial demand with business opportunities relevant to the Dubai economy and investor community. This includes introducing UAE entrepreneurs to the world of franchising and providing ongoing education and support related to starting a franchise, growing a franchise etc.
Mitigating the risk associated with a new project via concerted Government backing and support.

Training Courses

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders is committed in providing world class training to the members and to all UAE nationals interested in benefiting from the programs and workshops offered by the establishment. Please contact the (Training Department) to find out the latest training courses and workshops offered.

Andre Kurten

André holds degree from UNISA and is a CAIB (SA) with the Institute of Bankers in SA. He has represented the Association of African Institute of Bankers as a subject matter expert in Financial Markets and the fellow of The Institute of Financial Markets and served as a Governor on the board for 9 years also worked in treasury at Nedcor. He has extensive knowledge of banking, Treasury, and finance product.

André worked for the SA Futures Exchange for a year as Assistant General Manager responsible for interest rate product development and lead facilitator for the South African Banking Treasury Operations Forum-SABTOF for their financial product training programs.

The ACI Financial Markets Association recognizes André as a training provider for both the ACI Dealing and Operations Certificate programs and his students have achieved excellent results in these examinations. He has facilitated workshops and training interventions for many of the large multinational financial institutions from introductory to advanced level in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Malaysia, China, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa.


Andre Kurten is an Expert ASTC ACI certificates Trainer.

Dr. Mahendra

Marketing Specialist

Dr. Mahendrais an International experienced finance  trainer, has been involved in consultancy and teaching on various financial topics focusing primarily on financial risk management, which includes market, credit and operational risk measurement, modeling, Risk mathematics, derivative pricing, valuation mathematics, analytics its management and modeling, Enterprise Risk Management, development and implementation of policies, processes and procedures in the businesses.


Dr. Mahendra is an ASTC expert Finance & Treasury Trainer.


David Rugby

Manager Administration

First working in the Middle East twenty years ago and with 25 years’ plus experience in a customer facing business change and process transformation projects his expertise as project manager, business analyst, and programs facilitator is clear. Gaining worldwide experience in 20 countries typically he has worked within financial services divisions of organizations such as Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte (PWC) and CSC Computer Sciences. He is a practitioner of Prince2, Managing Successful Programs. Qualified in ITIL, NLP, business mentoring and life coaching and a degree from London University in Mathematics David Rigby uses his communications and presentation skills both as a radio presenter and producer and working with ASTC as an expert Soft skills trainer.



SajiniIyerhas 11 years of comprehensive experience and relentless effort in the field of training and development, combined with a passion for working on people skills have allowed her to develop expertise in this field with specialization in Interpersonal Skills (Soft Skills), English Language Enhancement, Personal Development and Leadership training.

Sajini is an experienced ASTC soft skills Trainer.

Dr. Hend

Dr. Hend has Practical Experience of over 12 years in the areas of training and development, retail, banks, management, and institutional development. She holds a master of business administration majoring in banks and financial markets and Performance Advisor for some Egyptian Government ministries, banks, international companies and private organizations. An instructor approved by the Institute of Directors in Canada, holds a diploma in management and Member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Member of the Association of Arab trainers as well. Specialized instructor in leadership, team building and employee performance development, life skills, management, entrepreneurship, and a consultant in the field of job satisfaction and improve staff performance.

Dr. Hend is an expert ASTC bilingual English and Arabic trainer.


Ramzan carries more than 10+ years of experience in the field of IT Training & Project Management. After getting a Diploma in Information Technology from National Institute of Management, he did his MBA with Dual specialization in IT Project Management and a Microsoft Certified trainer and Microsoft office 2013 specialist.

He has experience of designing, managing & implementing large databases bearing very good understanding and extensive experience in Advance Excel, VBA – Macros; advance Power-Point & Excel Dynamic Dashboard.

He has trained more than 2000+ employees from executive to senior management in different companies across locations.


Ramzan travelled across the GCC and an expert ASTC Microsoft trainer.