News from Cass Business School

Cass becomes CFA Program Partner

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Cass Business School has joined a network of top global business schools by becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program Partner; this is in recognition of the relevance of the School's finance MSc programmes to the financial services industry, and as rigorous preparation for the CFA test.

The five programmes which have received the stamp of approval are:

 MSc in Finance
 MSc Banking and International Finance
 MSc Accounting and International Finance
 MSc Investment Management
 MSc in Finance and Investment (part-time)

Recognition from the CFA highlights to potential students, current students, and the marketplace, that Cass’s finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing students to sit the CFA exams.  The Economist ranks the CFA as the gold standard among investment analysis designations and Cass is one of only ten business schools in the UK to have their stamp of approval.

The CFA partners with globally diverse, high profile institutions who cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and who embrace the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct in their degree programmes.

Richard Gillingwater, Dean, Cass Business School, says: This is a prestigious honour which will add tremendous value to our finance courses, and we hope that the partnership will continue to attract more of the brightest and best students to Cass.  Credit goes to Professor Andrew Clare, the architect behind all our finance courses, who works hard to ensure that they reflect the latest practises in the world of financial services.

The CFA exam is a measure of competence and integrity, and students who pass the exam will benefit from the employer and client recognition, worldwide, for the experience that comes with the CFA charter.  They will also be able to join a global network of more than nearly 100,000 professionals who play leading roles in:
 Investment companies
 Mutual funds
 Broker-dealer/investment banks
 Consulting firms
 Insurance companies
 Pensions and foundations
 Research and academic institutions

About the CFA Institute
The CFA Institute was first proposed by Benjamin Graham in 1942 as a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts (NYSSA, founded 1937).  Founding members of CFA Institute include the world’s oldest corporate financial manager societies, the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago (founded 1925) and the NYSSA.

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