Grenoble: New Trading Floor and New Electives on the MSc Finance

Further to a new partnership with Bloomberg, Grenoble Ecole de Management has set up a trading floor on its campus, offering students real-life financial situations via Bloomberg’s financial software tools.

Grenoble, France, July 02, 2010 --( From March 2010, students at the Grenoble school have access on 12 dual computer monitors in this extraordinary classroom, to real time financial and economic data transmitted by the American giant, Bloomberg.

The objectives of Grenoble’s trading floor

1) Help students to familiarise themselves with this future professional tool, by offering them the same conditions as any professional in that area. Bloomberg is the most commonly used software in the banking sphere. Furthermore, the students will have the opportunity of graduating with the Bloomberg University Certificate – an online certification program.
2) Assist the research work carried out by professors in Finance at Grenoble Ecole de Management (access to financial data, study of stock market behaviour, etc.).

MSc Finance and Grande Ecole students (specialised in Finance and Banking) are expected to use this new facility the most.

The partnership will entail:
- Courses taught by Bloomberg; training days
- Opportunity for all students to study towards the Bloomberg University Certificate
- Participation of Bloomberg to recruitment fairs organised at the school
- Visits of Bloomberg offices in London and Paris
- Full-time positions and internships available at Bloomberg, highly publicised to Grenoble students
- Contribution by Grenoble research professors to Bloomberg research seminars.
- Joint research: Grenoble researchers will be bringing academic expertise to Bloomberg research on the foreign exchange market (forex), the worldwide decentralized financial market for the trading of currencies aimed at assisting international trade and investment.

New electives on Grenoble’s MSc Finance

Four new electives will be available to MSc Finance students of Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB) from September 2010.

Islamic Finance, covering Fundamentals of Islamic Finance; Islamic Banking and Islamic Capital Markets.

Micro Finance, covering Principles of Micro Finance, Financial management of a Micro Finance Institution (MFI) and Operational management of a MFI.

Corporate Finance, covering Cash Management & Bank Relations, Performance Management, and Control & Strategy.

Market Finance, covering Financial Modeling using “Visual Basic for Applications” (VBA) and Bloomberg Trading.

Stephanie Boyer, Professor and MSc Finance program Director said: “Further to new academic partnerships, such as with the College of Business Administration in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), we have an increasing number of students from the Middle East and Africa who are thoroughly interested in Islamic Finance.

“We have also a number of students from developing countries who wish to go back after graduation and apply their knowledge in micro-finance to help with the development of their countries.

“Both the electives in Corporate Finance and Market Finance are traditional choices. The Market Finance elective will be enhanced by the new trading floor facility which opened in the school in March 2010, where students have direct access to real-life financial situations via Bloomberg’s financial software tools.”

The MSc Finance prepares students for international careers in finance. The program provides a preparation to the Chartered Financial Analysts® (CFA) exams, as it is based on the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). It also covers related fields such as management control systems, business law, corporate governance, and private equity investment.

Run entirely in English in Grenoble and London, the course is open to students with a Bachelor degree. No past work experience necessary.

Grenoble Ecole de Management
Mary Zaccai
+ 33 4 76 70 61 87