New Master of Finance program a cross-cultural experience
By Wanda Praamsma, Communications Officer
A new Master of Finance program launching this fall by Queen’s School of Business (QSB) will give students the best of two worlds. Studying in Beijing with professors from both Queen’s and Renmin University, students earn a Queen’s degree while gaining valuable international experience in the heart of China’s financial sector.
“The Master of Finance-Beijing program is a unique opportunity for Canadian and Chinese students alike,” says Wei Wang, Assistant Professor of Finance, QSB, and the program’s director. “The one-year program is taught in English and students will be learning from international experts from both Queen’s and Renmin’s Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance, while at the same time creating a global network with their fellow classmates.”
Dr. Wang says it’s a golden time for students to gain this kind of bilateral experience. With Canada and China as major trading partners, and China undergoing significant financial reform over the next few years, students in the Queen’s-Renmin program will boost their chances at jobs at home and abroad.
“Students will be immersed in the world’s fastest-growing economy. From the Canadians’ perspective, it will be an amazing opportunity to get to know the culture and gain exposure to a new market,” says Dr. Wang. “Canada is also a model around the world for its banking system and for Chinese students, learning the ins and outs of the Canadian financial world will be invaluable.”
The program is modelled on Queen’s popular Master of Finance program offered in Toronto and the curriculum consists of 10 courses, five taught by Renmin faculty and five taught by Queen’s faculty. Students are based in Beijing but have the option to travel to Canada for one of the Queen’s-led courses. In addition, Queen’s and Renmin-Hanqing will invite financial professionals from both China and Canada for workshops and seminars.
“This new program supports the School’s strategy to develop leaders with a global perspective,” says David Saunders, Dean, QSB. “We are very proud to be partnering with Renmin’s Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance to deliver this program and increase the international profile of Queen’s School of Business.”
Queen’s and Renmin representatives officially launched the Master of Finance-Beijing program last fall at a ceremony attended by Governor General David Johnston and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.
More information on the Master of Finance program