The University of Birmingham has signed an Agreement with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), which recognises the University as a CISI Centre of Excellence in finance teaching.
The Agreement allows the University to develop a joint undergraduate programme as well as recognising excellence at postgraduate level. University of Birmingham finance students will be given student membership of the CISI when they enrol on a programme, allowing them access to a range of professional networking and career development opportunities.
The agreement allows students the opportunity to complete professional qualifications such as the CISI Investment Advice Diploma, whilst studying, as well as exemptions from the CISI Diploma at postgraduate level
The partnership between a Chartered Institute and a higher education institution is seen as an excellent opportunity for students to bridge the gap between academia and the work place.
Ruth Martin, Managing Director of the CISI, said; “We are looking forward to working more closely with the University and developing new initiatives to further advance finance education. In these challenging times a professional qualification, undertaken as part of a prestigious undergraduate programme, can ensure a student gains a competitive edge in the jobs market.”
Dr Paul Cox from the University’s Business School adds: “This is an exciting partnership that will offer Birmingham students the opportunity to work with one of the most widely respected professional bodies in the securities and investment industry. Our graduates will have access to outstanding professional qualifications, a greater understanding of the opportunities in financial services, and be ready to do business. This is a relationship that we believe offers huge benefits and which we hope will develop and grow in future years.”
Birmingham University has become the 20th university to partner with the CISI, in the 20th anniversary year since the Institute’s foundation in 1992 from the London Stock Exchange.