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Cass enters new partnership with Singapore Management University

Cass and SMU launch new joint MSc elective and degree

Cass has announced a new joint MSc elective and MSc degree with Singapore Management University (SMU).

The elective in Monetary Policy is open to part time students on Cass’s MSc in Finance and Investment and Executive MBA courses. Fifty students from Cass and SMU became the first to complete the module after it was launched in Singapore last month.

It comes ahead of a new joint MSc in Quantitative Finance due to be launched in September 2012 that will see 40 students from SMU study in London during their second term. They will be awarded a joint MSc degree from Cass and SMU.

“This is an exciting new international partnership that will cement the close research links we already enjoy with Singapore Management University,” said Cass MSc Programmes Director, Susan Roth.

“It is important that we continue to build global relationships with other academic institutions to promote new teaching and research opportunities.

“The joint elective and degree courses will offer students valuable experience in two of the world’s leading cities as well as teaching from the internationally-renowned faculties at both Cass and SMU.”

The first four-day elective on Monetary Policy involved a series of lectures by Cass Professor of Asset Management Andrew Clare and SMU Professor of Economics Kim Song Tan.

It included a new computer-based simulation which challenged pairs of students from Cass and SMU to play the role of a central bank, making interest rate decisions in response to changing economic data.

The course also involved external visits to the Monetary Authority of Singapore and DBS Bank, where the students received a presentation from the private banking division.

Ms Roth, added: “We’ve received excellent feedback from the first cohort of students who studied the joint elective in Singapore earlier this month.

“The course offers globally-minded professionals the chance to experience the diverse cultural and business environment of Asia. Since the majority of students taking the part-time MSc are also in full-time jobs, the elective proved to be a valuable career networking opportunity for them, and the companies they work for.”

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