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Cass Business School becomes CFA Program Partner

Five MSc finance programmes receive recognition of relevance to financial services industry

Monday, 10 May, 2010

Cass Business School has joined a network of top global business schools by becoming a CFA Program Partner.  Dimitris Melas, Executive Director of the CFA and Cass MBA Finance alumnus, participated in the official signing ceremony after which he outlined a framework for the integration of stress testing in the investment process.  The partnership is official recognition of the relevance of the School’s finance MSc programmes to the financial services industry, and as rigorous preparation for the CFA exam.

The five MSc 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 as a CFA Program Partner 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 for the CFA exams.  The Economist ranks the CFA Program as the gold standard among investment analysis designations.

The CFA Institute has 113 educational partners globally, and Cass will join Europe’s 36 leading business schools which are also part of the network.  CFA Institute partners with globally diverse, high profile institutions which cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and which embrace the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct in their degree programmes.

Dennis McLeavey, Head of Education, CFA Institute (EMEA), said: Cass is an ideal CFA Program Partner thanks to several of its specialist Masters degree programmes in finance with which the collaboration is aligned. Each programme provides students with CFA Program background, including complete coverage of the CFA Institute Standards of Practice that delineates ethics in the financial marketplace.  In symmetry with the CFA Program, Cass’s  MSc courses integrate expert practical instruction and sound theory, thus giving its students a truly competitive, real-world edge in valuation as well as wealth and portfolio management.

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.  The partnership is also a validation of the relevant finance content which Cass specialises in and 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.

About the CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association for investment professionals. It administers the CFA and CIPM curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. CFA Institute has nearly 100,000 members, who include the world’s 88,000 CFA charterholders, in 136 countries and territories, as well as 137 affiliated professional societies in 58 countries and territories. There are currently 113 CFA Program Partners in the world.  More information may be found at

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