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Caledonian first university worldwide to receive ‘gold standard’ financial backing
Chartered Banker Institute support MSc Financial Services suite of programmes
Collette Cullen
Monday, 05 March, 2012 | 19:00

Glasgow Caledonian University has united with the Chartered Banker Institute to secure a ground-breaking partnership in financial qualification.

The institute’s endorsement has long been held as the industry gold standard and will now be attributed to GCU’s MSc Financial Services suite of programmes.

With the backing of both the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the Institute of Operational Risk already secured, the selection of courses have become the first ever to be accredited by three of the worlds’ most influential banking and finance bodies.

The stamp of approval will mean all future students on MSc Financial Services programs at GCU will be eligible to have Chartered Banker status.

Professor Robert Webb of GCU’s school for Business and Society, hailed
the partnership, which he says will boost student employability in an increasingly tough jobs market.

He told The Journal: “It’s an excellent and unique opportunity for our students and indicates the practical nature of our provision here at GCU.

“By working so closely with Chartered Banker both our staff and students will remain industry relevant.

“Obviously, being the first MSc to offer this qualification on successful graduation shows the quality of our offer- ing and builds upon our already strong links with industry – we are a ‘Centre of Excellence’ as designated by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.”

The Chartered Banker Institute is dedicated to restoring confidence in banks and bankers and raising the stand- ards of professionalism at all levels of financial services.

It is the only body of its kind in the UK, and the oldest in the world.
Professor John Wilson, executive dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Institute has not only accredited the MSc programmes, giving our students the fantastic opportunity to gain Chartered Banker status alongside their MSc, and their own members the opportunity to obtain an MSc, but will also be making use of the University’s excellent campus in the heart of the city of London.”

Giles Cuthbert, managing director of Chartered Banker Institute, added: “The global banking industry needs talented individuals with cutting-edge knowledge and skills supported by a solid foundation of ethical professionalism.

“The award of Chartered Banker status to GCU Banking, Finance and Risk Management MSc students recognises the excellence of the MSc programmes offered in both respects.

“The dual award will equip GCU graduates with the academic and professional credentials needed to pursue successful careers in financial services.”

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