'Ideal training ground' for finance graduate

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 October, 2009, 12:00am

The special structure of PolyU's Master of Finance (Investment Management) programme, tailored to the requirements of students with little related working experience, makes it stand out from similar courses offered by other universities, says graduate Angela Kwan Nga-chung.

After completing a bachelor of social science degree course in psychology last year, Kwan wanted to develop a career in the financial sector and saw the need to equip herself with relevant and up-to-date professional skills and knowledge.

'I decided to apply for PolyU's full-time one-year programme because it admits students with various discipline backgrounds,' she said.

'The programme definitely gives me an edge in the competitive job market.' Kwan (pictured) now works as an analyst for Roma Appraisals and is involved in the research and development of calculation models for the valuation of financial instruments of individual enterprises.

The programme is designed to enable students, who have not had much knowledge about finance, to grasp the basic financial concepts quickly because it begins with some fundamental theories.

On that foundation, students were then able to build their more advanced understanding and practise the application of more complicated theories, said Kwan, who was also one of two recipients of full scholarship for the programme.

Meanwhile, the programme's curriculum covers more than 80 per cent of the content of the Chartered Financial Analyst examination. Kwan took level one of the exams and expects to sit for the level two exams next year.

Among the many useful skills and knowledge learned from the intensive programme, Kwan said the skills in Excel application to financial analysis and calculation was particularly helpful to her present work.

'I enjoyed the one-year programme enormously. The class gathered 40 full-time students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

'Compared with most undergraduate classes with over 100 students, this smaller class helped us build much closer relationships as we all attended the same courses and worked on projects together for an entire year.' Kwan also cherished the mutual encouragement experienced in her class.

'All courses featured a lot of group projects. We enjoyed group projects because they are the ideal training ground for us to enhance communication skills and co-operation with fellow team members,' she said.