Western delivers next generation of economics education with new graduate program

The strength of Western University’s Department of Economics program is clearly demonstrated by the awesome array of alumni leading and driving the world’s money markets and financial districts. For example, Stephen S. Poloz, MA’79 (Economics) and PhD’82 (Economics) serves as Governor of the Bank of Canada; while halfway around the world, the Australian Reserve Bank is led by Glenn Stevens, MA’85 (Economics).

Today, with the launch of the Master of Financial Economics (MFE) program, the Department of Economics officially partners with the Faculty of Science’s Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, Ivey Business School and the Faculty of Law to deliver the next generation of education to Western students, providing a novel, career-focused opportunity based in interdisciplinary collaboration.

A four-term, 16-month program, the MFE program consists of 12 one-term courses and a four-month summer internship in the third term. After developing a broad understanding of financial theory, economics, quantitative finance and securities law – all required for today’s complex and competitive financial world – graduates will receive a professional Master of Financial Economics degree.

Highstreet Asset Management, an investment advisor firm with headquarters in London, Ontario, is providing the lead scholarship gift, which will be presented at a special event today (Monday, January 13) in the Social Science Centre, Room 3036 at 4:30 p.m.

Event attendees include Western President Amit Chakma, the inaugural class of Western’s MFE program, MFE Co-Directors Jim MacGee and Alan Bester, and Ben Legge and Grant Wang from Highstreet Asset Management.

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