Master of Science in Banking and Finance

Quality assurance

People who dare to think about the challenges of tomorrow, that is what we aim for. That is why education at our university is firmly anchored in six major objectives.

  1. Think broadly. Thinking as broadly as possible and offering the opportunity to question oneself. Not only Dare to Think, but also dare to change the way of thinking.
  2. Keep researching. Research is the foundation of our education. Ghent University keeps linking its way of educating to the dynamics of science.
  3. Support Talent. Everyone starts with equal opportunities. Every students gets the opportunity to develop their talents, regardless of gender, cultural or social background.
  4. Build with us. Students, staff, the government and the corporate world all get the chance to contribute to the contents and form of our high quality education. Ghent University is known for its particularly active students in student participation, of which we are very proud.
  5. Push boundaries. We want to prepare our students internationally and interculturally. We give them the opportunity to gain experience across borders. We also open our doors for students from all over the world and welcome teachers and academic staff from abroad.
  6. Choose quality. Constant quality assurance and improvement is an integral part of our culture and we communicate about it openly. We are proud of the level of our university.

Ghent University sees the quality of education as an internal self-evaluation process, in which faculties and programs compare the goals they have set themselves to the achieved results and adjust the policy accordingly. The portfolios constitute an important link in this process. The achieved results are based on quantitative and qualitative information from relevant stakeholders (students, teachers, professional field, international experts, alumni, etc.).The ‘peer learning visits’, the yearly quality meeting and the Education Quality Office (‘OKB’) make sure the PDCA cycle is closed at various policy levels and help to keep the improvement policy sharp.

A detailed description of how Ghent University is constantly paying attention to quality assurance and quality culture can be found in the Ghent University Conduct of Educational Quality Assurance (ERGO).

 

Quality of this study programme

This quality assurance system provides information on the assets, the strengths and the points for improvement for every study programme. A summary for this study programme can be found below:

 

Assets of the study programme

  1. Acquire state-of-the-art advanced knowledge in banking and finance within a selected group of master students with the necessary economic and quantitative background.
  2. Analyze the interactions of banking and finance with risk management and with macroeconomic conditions.
  3. Focus on the development of quantitative and econometric skills applied to banking, finance, risk and portfolio management.
  4. Stimulate intellectual and research competences by promoting independent thinking and creative problem solving.
  5. Develop communication and presentation skills through interactive classes, group assignments and a real-world graduation project.
  6. Link theory and practice by organizing cases, business games and interaction with the financial industry.

 

Quality assurance: strengths

  1. The admission procedure makes sure that we have a homogenous group of students.
  2. The broad range of teaching and work formats creates a stimulating learning environment.
  3. The Master in Banking and Finance performs a bridge function between academic work and practical tools.
  4. The quality of the programme is proven by the challenging jobs the alumni land.
  5. The mission of the programme is clear and ambitious. Both the alumni and the financial sector testify that the goals of the programme are achieved.

 

Quality assurance: focus points with action plan

  1. We should and will broaden the horizon for econometric and statistical software packages that become standard in the financial industry (i.e. next to Matlab, use R and Python).
  2. The relatively low number of international students remains a point of attention. Efforts are in place to increase this number
  3. The alumni network should be strengthened. In terms, of both quality and quantity, the network is impressive. It remains our task to link the different people in the network.