L to R: Giles Cuthbert (Managing Director of the Chartered Banker Institute), Professor Samantha Punch (Dean of Graduate Studies), Supreet Sehmi (India), George Tsichlis (Greece) and Dr Theo Diasakos (MSc Banking and Finance Programme Director)
MSc Banking and Finance students Supreet Sehmi and George Tsichlis were presented with their Associated Charter Banker certificates ahead of their graduation on 24 November.
They were part of a second cohort of 16 students at the University of Stirling to obtain the dual qualification of an MSc Banking and Finance degree and Associated Chartered Banker status.
Supreet, 24, from India, and George, 25, from Greece, were presented with their certificates by Giles Cuthbert, Managing Director of the Chartered Banker Institute, at a special presentation ceremony prior to the main graduation.
“This qualification recognises them as Associate members of the CBI which is the oldest banking institution in the world,” he said. “It is recognised in 65 countries and so is an internationally transferable qualification.”
Dr Theo Diasakos, the director of the MSc Banking and Finance programme, said: “This innovative partnership provides huge opportunities for our MSc Banking and Finance graduates. It enhances the academic qualifications of our programme with the professional credentials of CBI, a powerful combination in our graduates’ quiver to pursue successful careers in banking and financial services.
“For those of our graduates who wish to attain the Chartered Banker status with the Institute, it allows also an accelerated route, requiring the study of just two further modules.”
The Chartered Banker status is the gold standard for professionals working in the banking sector, recognised globally as a measure of excellence and professionalism.
The Chartered Banker Institute formally accredited the MSc Banking and Finance programme of the University of Stirling in December 2015, making it one of a select few UK programmes offering this level of recognition.