Griffith University Finance Students to Benefit from Enhanced Scholarship Opportunities

Griffith University’s Finance students are set to benefit from a range of expanded scholarship opportunities in 2018-19, as the university strengthens its relationship with the globally recognised Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).

Through their recently established membership in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, undergraduate and postgraduate Finance students at Griffith University will see the number of available scholarships to sit CFA exams rise from 5 in previous years up to 16 this year.

These places are in addition to a range of other benefits to the program for both students and staff, including access to CFA academic resources (such as the CFA curriculum, Financial Analyst Journal) as well as professional and academic articles covering contemporary issues.

Continued opportunities are also available to host joint networking events/seminars and get involved in the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge, in which Griffith’s team has an outstanding track record – including two victories in the national competition in Sydney and a top 3 placement for Asia-Pacific in 2017.

As Banking and Finance Senior Lecturer Dr Alexandr Akimov explains, “I am very pleased with how our relationships with CFA Institute as well as the CFA Brisbane Chapter are developing”.

“Griffith participation in the new CFA University Affiliation Program opens opportunities to a larger number of talented Griffith students to participate in the CFA program”.

“This designation is extremely valuable to enhance prospects of securing top jobs in the industry for our graduating students” he said.

Griffith’s longstanding relationship with CFA has already led to success for past students, including BDO Brisbane Corporate Finance Analyst and Master of Finance and Investments alumnus Andrew Hack, who credits this scholarship as a major distinguishing factor in his post university career pursuits.

In describing the many benefits this scholarship gave him, Andrew said “Receiving a CFA scholarship from Griffith University enabled me to sit two of the three CFA exams prior to graduating. This not only gave me a competitive advantage when looking for graduate positions, but equipped me with a strong foundation of the principles and valuation techniques that I now use as a financial analyst.”

Griffith’s partnership with CFA dates back to 2013, when the university became Australia’s first to be admitted to the Institute’s University Recognition Program for Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) students, which has since been extended to include both online Master of Finance  and on- campus Master of Finance students.

Expressions of interest for CFA 2019 scholarships round are expected to be announced in July-August 2018, when there will be about eight scholarships up for grabs.