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St. John’s University and The Digital Insurer Partner to Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Technology by the Insurance Industry

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2023

St. John’s University and The Digital Insurer Partner to Accelerate the Adoption
of Digital Technology across the Insurance Industry

New York, January 23, 2023 – St. John’s University (SJU), a recognized provider of executive education for insurance through its Peter J. Tobin College of Business Center for Executive Education (CEE) and The Digital Insurer Pte Limited (TDI), a  leading global platform for exploring, learning, and delivering digital across the insurance industry, are joining together in a new strategic educational partnership designed to further develop and distribute digital learning and development (L&D) programs for insurance executives around the world.

Wendy Cohen, Director of The Tobin Center for Executive Education at St. John’s University, said: “St. John’s University’s Tobin Center for Executive Education is delighted to partner with The Digital Insurer to deliver educational content that builds digital literacy in the insurance industry. This partnership is important and timely. The insurance industry, one of the world’s largest, is embracing digitalization and other advanced technologies. Doing so has raised important questions for industry leaders: How do they best use these new technologies to serve their clients? And how do they best prepare their people to provide that service? The CDI+ Global Program being launched in partnership with St. John’s University’s Tobin Center for Executive Education provides answers to those questions by thoroughly covering the concepts behind digitalization and giving course takers the opportunity to gain expertise in the technological revolution taking place today.

TDI, which is run by a team of specialists “from the industry, for the industry,” has established an impressive market position in the provision of cutting-edge digital insurance L&D. The new partnership will see SJU and TDI working together, beginning with a new initiative called CDI+Global, a four-month digital insurance certificate program designed for U.S. professionals interested in acquiring global insights on transforming the insurance industry in a digital word.

Hugh Terry, CEO of TDI said: “TDI has been uniquely focused on how new technologies can improve the global insurance industry for the last 10 years. Since launching TDI Academy in 2020, we have seen increasingly strong demand for our unique digital insurance programs across Asia, Europe and Latin America. We are delighted to now be further extending the availability of these programs into the U.S. (as well as internationally), through our partnership with SJU.”

“TDI is a platform business, and our market-leading digital insurance L&D programs are built for scale,” Mr. Terry continued.  “By partnering with SJU, a top-tier, world-class university with deep insurance expertise, including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as executive development programs, we will be further leveraging our platform to help more insurance professionals engage in how new technologies can improve our industry, for the benefit of all.”

About CDI+ Global

Participants in the CDI+ Global Program earn a cobranded Certificate of Completion from The Tobin Center for Executive Education and TDI, along with a Digital Badge. The CDI+Global program in the U.S. consists of 50 online lessons, biweekly discussion groups, and a group project each with four to six participants. The program is 100% virtual; all a participant needs is access to the internet. The cost is $3,250 per participant and includes 50 hours of online education delivered by industry experts, study group participation, and the group project.

All lessons are designed and delivered by industry experts, and facilitators for study groups are industry-experienced teacher-leaders.

Further information on the new program is available here.

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About SJU 

The Tobin Center for Executive Education (CEE) is part of St. John’s University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business and is affiliated with St. John’s Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science. St. John’s is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic University founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians), with its main campus located in Queens, NY. St. John’s University also has campuses and locations in Staten Island and Manhattan; in Rome, Italy; and in Paris, France. St. John’s University is comprised of six colleges, including the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business (including the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science), the School of Education, and the School of Law.  As of Fall 2022, the University has more than 1,400 full-time and part-time faculty, 15,652 undergraduate students, and 4,011 graduate students who come from 48 states and 118 countries. St. John’s offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, including 16 doctoral programs. 

About TDI

TDI (The Digital Insurer) is a platform for exploring, learning and delivering digital across the insurance world. It is a market-leading global resource, set up and run by a team of specialists from the industry, for the industry, whose purpose is to help individuals and companies across the industry explore, learn and deliver digital, for the benefit of insurance professionals, employers, the broader industry, insurance customers, and society as a whole.

Launched in Singapore in 2012, it has grown into a market-leading global platform serving the insurance industry. It enables its 50,000-plus members to explore, learn and deliver digital through:

  1. TDI Academy: Modern certified learning programs:
  2. DTS Corporate Membership: Tailored digital transformation support for insurers, reinsurers, and technology service providers
  3. Insurance Knowledge and Resources: Free-to-use across the industry:

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Tobin Center for Executive Education at St. John’s University

  • Program & Partnership Inquiries
    Lawrence Pistell , Senior Associate Director of Corporate & Industry Relations at St. John’s University’s Tobin Center for Executive Education, at [email protected] or by phone at 908-591-6024
  • News media
    James Stephen Smith, Director of Media Relations, at [email protected] or by phone at 516-313-4568


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