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Heriot-Watt students are among the first in Scotland to benefit from a host of rare employment opportunities thanks to an academic partnership with the global financial giants, Bloomberg.

Earlier this month, the University was named as a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner (ELP) in recognition of its role as a leader in delivering learning experiences that have real-life practical applications in the finance sector.

As an ELP partner, Heriot-Watt students can now upload their CV to the organisation’s vast network of contacts and gain access to job and internship listings, as well as thousands of alumni who already use Bloomberg.

This award shows how successfully the Bloomberg Lab has linked with our ambition to connect learning experience with real-life practical applications.

Dr Mo Sherif

Last year, the University began its partnership with the organisation following the successful opening of the Bloomberg Finance Lab. This included 16 state-of-the-art Bloomberg Terminals, giving students a rare insight into the hustle and bustle of a virtual trading room, preparing them for many of the challenges found in the industry.

Reflecting on how the Bloomberg Lab has impacted on the wider learning experience at Heriot-Watt University, Dr Mo Sherif, Deputy Head of Accountancy, Economics and Finance at Heriot-Watt University, said:

“This award shows how successfully the Bloomberg Lab has linked with our ambition to connect learning experience with real-life practical applications. The lab allows course leaders to better integrate industry-leading data, research, news, and analytics into teaching and it introduces our students to industry-standard Bloomberg services

“We are delighted that so many of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students have been able to receive an in-depth introduction to Bloomberg services through the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) certificate this year. BMC is a 10-hour self-paced e-learning course that covers five modules: Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income, Equities, and Getting Started on the Terminal."

With their ELP programme, Bloomberg aims to build an international community of peer institutions who provide innovative financial education to their students.

To be certified as an ELP university, Heriot-Watt was required to meet three criteria set by Bloomberg. Firstly, it had to have at least three Bloomberg Terminals where students could learn to use the financial software. Secondly, 100 students must pass the Bloomberg Market Concepts course. And thirdly, the use of Bloomberg terminals must be integrated with the curriculum.

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