An institute within the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been helping executives and businesses meet professional challenges for more than 15 years by providing specially designed training programmes and management consulting. The Management and Executive Development Centre (MEDC), an Institute for Enterprise strategic business unit, provides consulting services to meet organisations' specific requirements and special programmes to support the executive and middle management development, according to Sidney Wong, Institute for Enterprise associate director and MEDC head. The centre concentrates on the financial and insurance sectors, and offers the six modules of the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK) registered Certified Financial Planners programme (CFP) to help students develop their theory and practice in financial planning. 'This is an area where we have seen significant growth activity during the past few years,' Mr Wong said. Students can then apply to sit for the CFP examination. The programme is also open to mainland students who want the CFP qualification. The centre also offers programmes for individuals who want to fulfil the annual Continuous Professional Development/Training requirements of the Mandatory Provident Fund Association, or renew their Securities and Futures Commission licences. MEDC also provides professional management consulting services, customised corporate training and executive development for sectors, such as the retail and restaurant industries and small to medium-sized businesses that have operations on the mainland and headquarters in Hong Kong. 'Management and executive development programmes offer industry-specific, executive development programmes designed to develop essential skills and build effective and profitable organisations,' Mr Wong said. Programmes provide education in strategy, marketing, finance, operations and management. Most programmes range from eight to 40 hours, as one-day programmes or are spread over several weeks. Evening and weekend courses are also available.