Online Master of Finance Receives CFA Institute Affiliation Program Status
The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA Institute) has recognised the HSE online Master of Finance as part of its University Affiliation Program. The status was assigned this year based on the long-standing cooperation between the CFA Institute and the HSE Banking Institute and the confidence international experts have in the quality of education at HSE.
The HSE Banking Institute’s online Master of Finance, which is hosted by the global educational platform, Coursera, is one of eight new online Master’s degrees the University is launching in 2021. Master of Finance is entirely English-taught, and the curriculum is based on the CFA syllabus, which is developed in accordance with the skills required of financial analysts and updated annually based on a survey of leading employers. A graduate of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program has a certain set of skills and body of knowledge, and this is known to employers around the world.
Peter Watkins, Director of University Relations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CFA Institute
One of the most important advantages of online education is that it makes education accessible to a wider range of students. Very talented students, who previously for various reasons were not able to study in educational program offered on campus, now can freely improve their professional knowledge and skills. I have great respect for my colleagues from the HSE Banking Institute for taking advantage of new opportunities, showing flexibility, and developing an online-based master’s program.
Through affiliation, students know that the topics they are studying at university will cover some of the key content of the CFA Program. The CFA Program is challenging and requires a large commitment of study. Students on affiliated degrees know that they will be able to approach the CFA Program with confidence. For universities, the University Affiliation Program provides a global network for professors at better schools around the world delivering similar kinds of education programs. We also hold networking and research sharing events for professors at affiliated universities globally. We particularly value the links that affiliation can bring with the CFA Association (Russia). Contact with local working practitioners can be inspiring and motivational for students aspiring to similar careers.
We wish all HSE Master’s students success in their studies and invite them to become students of the CFA program in the future, as well as members of the CFA Institute and the CFA Association (Russia).
The CFA affiliate program status allows students to take the CFA qualification exams at all three levels during their studies at a 75% discount. These are exams for financial asset management professionals. Successfully passing the exams is a mark of quality for specialists, confirming not only that they possess a broad knowledge of financial analytics, but also comply with the highest requirements of professional ethics.
Vasily Solodkov, Director of the HSE Banking Institute
and Academic Supervisor of the online Master of Finance
We have long experience dealing with the CFA institute affiliation programs. The first one was MBA in Banking and Finance launched more than 10 years ago.
From the very beginning our instructors include CFA certification holders and members of the Board of Directors of the CFA Association (Russia).
The online Master of Finance is designed for recent graduates and aspiring professionals who want to take leading positions in the financial sphere as consultants, financiers, economists, managers, lawyers working in related fields, strategic managers evaluating investment decisions, start-up owners, and more. Applicants participate in a portfolio competition, and they must have demonstrated proficiency in English. The program has already drawn applicants from countries of the former Soviet Union, the Persian Gulf, India, China, Mexico, and others.
The online Master of Finance will hold an Open House Webinar on May 13 at 7 pm MST where prospective students can learn more about the program and ask questions. The event will feature talks by Vasily Solodkov, Program Academic Supervisor; Peter Watkins, Director of University Relations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, CFA Institute; and Vladimir Tutkevich, General Director of the CFA Association (Russia). The event will be in English. Please register here.
The professional body that became CFA Institute began in 1947 and initiated professional standards for the investment profession. The CFA® Program itself is nearly 60 years old. This long heritage of promoting professional and ethical standards in the investment industry has led to fully global recognition. With over 170,000 charter holders working in all financial capitals across the world, and more than 1/3rd of a million candidates registering for the CFA Program examinations last financial year, the CFA Institute is the long-established global leader in setting professional standards for financial analysts.
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