Manchester Business School joins world's elite as CFA partner - MIDAS

Manchester Business School joins world's elite as CFA partner

4 July, 2008 – Manchester Business School joins world's elite as CFA partner

Manchester Business School (MBS) has joined an elite worldwide group of educational institutions and become a program partner with CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals that award the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation.

Four of Manchester’s undergraduate programmes in accounting and finance have been recognised by CFA Institute, which partners with a limited number of globally-select institutions, all of which cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge in their degree programmes. These programmes prepare students to take Level One of the qualification and provide them with the knowledge needed to begin work in the investment profession.

MBS intends to strengthen the relationship between the two organisations by inviting guest speakers from CFA Institute to deliver lectures on campus during the next academic year. The partnership also gives MBS students the opportunity to benefit from scholarships to undertake the CFA Institute qualification.

"The CFA Program has become the gold-standard qualification for the investment industry. Combining this investment standard with the courses at MBS places students in an excellent position to pursue financial careers," said Dennis McLeavey, CFA, Head of Education (EMEA).

"The partnership with MBS brings together the highest academic standards with a comprehensive approach to financial practice in the investment industry. This year more than 175,000 candidates worldwide are enrolled in the CFA Program."

To mark the CFA Institute partnership a formal signing ceremony will take place at the School later this year.

Emma Apps, teaching fellow in accounting and finance at MBS, explains:

"We’re delighted to have been selected by CFA Institute, which is widely considered to be the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing programme. It signals to the marketplace that the curriculum is well suited to preparing students for employment in the finance industry. MBS already incorporates a strong practical element into all of its teaching and the accreditation will further benefit students in terms of developing career opportunities with the extensive network of CFA Institute members."

Having secured level one accreditation, MBS now intends to work towards securing partnership status at levels two and three, for the eligible specialist masters programmes in 2009.

Ranked the world’s leading university for accounting research, by Accounting and Finance journal, MBS has recently made several high-profile professorial appointments to ensure that it continues to generate world-leading research and teaching.

Source: Manchester Business School


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