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Finance and Risk postgraduates receive prestigious Chartered Banker qualification

Qualification demonstrates commitment and professionalism, postgraduates say

Six recent graduates from the University of East London (UEL) have become the first in their programme to achieve an Associate Chartered Banker qualification from the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI).

UEL partnered with the CBI last year. It is just one of six universities to have its MSc Finance and Risk programme accredited by the institute, which is a member-led organisation representing qualified bankers and people working towards professional qualifications. 

Several MSc graduates returned to UEL in March to collect certificates from Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee, subject head for Finance, Economics and Risk at UEL. 

The group included Rebecca Fasasi, who works as a banking reconciliation analyst at currency transfer company WorldFirst.

She said, “The qualification is a mark of professionalism. It demonstrates commitment and will help me with career progression. It’s already giving me the confidence to start thinking about more senior roles.” 

Rebecca previously worked with financial traders at American Express. She said her UEL postgraduate degree is a welcome addition to her extensive workplace experience. 

She said, “I found the study of financial risk very useful. It’s a huge issue in the sector, and there are so many regulations that have to be studied and followed. 

UEL’s MSc Finance and Risk programme received the accreditation from the CBI in October 2017. It recognises the professional standards of UEL’s course and its ability to provide the skills and knowledge needed for a career in financial services.

Rebecca was joined by classmates Guy Bokole and Mirela Carstescu, Rounding out the group was Aurica Jalba, a computing tutor who plans to move into banking now that she has her master’s degree. 

Aurica said, “The MSc will help me with my career aspirations. It’s part of a wider career change for me.” 

Dr Roy-Mukherjee said, “I’m delighted to see our graduates achieve the postgraduate degree they wanted, and professional banker status. It demonstrates the quality of the programme here at UEL, which serves to help students pursue the careers they want.”

Students on the UEL course study a range of subjects, including investment management, international finance, risk management, and banking ethics, among others.

They also learn to use the ubiquitous Bloomberg financial terminals, which bring together real-time data on financial markets, breaking news, in-depth research and powerful analytics.

Simon Thompson, chief executive of the CBI, said, “The CBI has been delighted to work in partnership with our colleagues at UEL to accredit their MSc Finance and Risk programme, making it one of a select few UK programmes offering this level of recognition.

“This new programme and other similar ones we have accredited are crucial at a time when highly qualified, highly professional chartered bankers are in great demand.”