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Curtin welcomed to CFA Institute University Recognition Program

Curtin University’s School of Economics and Finance has joined the CFA Institute University Recognition Program following an initiative led by Dr Lee Smales and Dr Elaine Laing.

Curtin is the first university in WA to join the program, which allows CBS students taking the Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) and Master of Finance to largely prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) program, one of the most respected and recognised investment credentials in the world.

Head of University Relations at CFA Institute Charles Appeadu said the program gives students a strong foundation of investment knowledge that will help them achieve professional excellence in the future.

“Students in these programs study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which includes the core knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by practitioners worldwide as essential for successful practice,” says Appeadu.

“By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Program as well as the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, these future investment professionals gain a strong foundation that helps prepare them well to join the growing CFA Institute community, dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence.”

Curtin’s course curricula are closely tied to professional practice. In semester one 2015, the Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) and Master of Finance incorporated at least 70 per cent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and emphasised the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. In addition, Curtin offers a number of scholarships to allow high-achieving students to enrol in the full CFA Program.

Curtin University’s Master of Finance and Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) can be studied full-time or part-time. The courses offer a mix of theory and practice, incorporating work-integrated-learning and collaborative teaching techniques that provide students with the rigor and analysis required in financial management. Students also have access to the only dedicated Bloomberg trading room facility in Western Australia.