World-class financiers educated in Poland. Kozminski University continues to be high on the “Financial Times” ranking of best studies in finance.
Good profession for tough times
"If you want to have a good job and make decent money your entire life – study finance and accounting" – such advise is given to this-year’s high school graduates by their older colleagues on the net and throughout social media. Others add: "choose the right school, get an ACCA certificate, and learn professional English". All such expectations are met by finance and accounting studies at Kozminski University, which have been ranked 18th worldwide by the "Financial Times" in its annual "Masters in Finance 2016" list.
The “Financial Times” ranking, published on June 20th, 2016, features 55 top universities from all over the world that offer Masters programs in finance. Kozminski University is the only university from Poland that is present in the current edition of the ranking. The list is led by two France-based schools: HEC Paris that has retained its no. 1 position for six consecutive years, and ESCP Europe (also headquartered in Paris, and conducting strategic cooperation with Kozminski University, e.g. Master in European Business), followed by IE Business School of Spain. Famous MIT with its Sloan Management School is ranked no. 5.
The annual “Financial Times Global Masters in Finance” ranking is based on data provided by the business schools and their alumni who graduated three years ago, concerning their professional advancement within this period. Other ranking’s criteria – in addition to salaries – include seniority and international mobility of graduates, and internationalization of university staff, their academic background, and share of female professors among lecturers. The “Financial Times” list shows also employment prospects for alumni just three months after graduation, which is a clear sign where demand for financiers is strongest, and where it is still weaker. Jobs for finance graduates are abundant worldwide, from the UK to China, with one notable exception of the US, where only around a half of graduates land a position within three months after finishing their studies.
As reported by www.pracuj.pl, a Polish job-hunting site, in May 2016 there were more than five thousand openings for finance specialists in Poland. It is the second best – after sales people – profession sought after by employers.
- Our graduates do not experience any problems with landing a job, and they can only have a problem with which to choose. Finance and Accounting studies at Kozminski University enjoy a good reputation among employers, who try to lure our alumni using different methods – comments Professor Witold Bielecki, rector of Kozminski University, and mentions cooperation with firms and institutions, job fairs at school, and joint programs with companies to meet their needs. Examples include setting up of corporate finance specialization, accredited by CFA and co-created with KGHM, a Polish copper mining conglomerate, or anti-money laundering program, conducted in cooperation with Citibank.
Due to the enormous demand from Polish employers for finance specialists, Kozminski University has decided to open Masters in Finance and Accounting program in English also as a part-time program. – A majority of our student take jobs while still at the University, so to make them match and balance work and studies, we are now offering – in addition to full-time courses – also part-time ones – stated Professor Bielecki.