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Cass receives mark of distinction from the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association

Academic partnership status confirms excellence of Cass's MSc in Investment Management

Cass students pursuing a career in alternative investments will now have the edge over other business school graduates following the signing of a new partnership with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA).

Cass is the first business school in the UK and one of our four in the world to form an academic partnership with the CAIA, sponsor of the only globally recognised professional certification in the field of alternative investments.

Partnership status is only open to business schools that meet the CAIA criteria, which includes holding an accreditation and covering the CAIA's curriculum. Cass is accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB and the MSc in Investment Management course covers 60 per cent of the CAIA syllabus.

The status confirms Cass's MSc in Investment Management reflects the latest concepts and practices required by investment professionals working in the alternatives industry.

"As an independent and internationally recognised qualification, the CAIA designation is a mark of distinction in the alternative investment field," said Cass MSc Programmes Director, Susan Roth.

"We are pleased to become the first business school in the UK and only the fourth in the world to receive CAIA academic partnership status. This is a reflection of the high standard of our MSc in Investment Management course and its relevance to the alternatives industry."

Cass already covers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) syllabus as part of its MSc in Investment Management but the addition of the CAIA curriculum will strengthen it further according to Cass Lecturer in Finance, Dr Nick Motson.

"Alternative investments represent one of the fastest growing areas of the investment industry, and we are seeing more interest in this sector from students," he said.

"Our CAIA status means students will be taught from the curriculum that finance professionals study to earn the CAIA designation - the only professional qualification focused exclusively on alternative investments.

"This reflects our aim to prepare students with the professional knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the financial sector, and to address the industry's growing demand for qualified alternative investment experts."

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