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UBS Lecture Series launched at Keio University
UBS is to endow a lecture series at the Faculty of Economics at Keio University. The one-year program, which begins on 1st April 2008, is the first sponsorship by an international financial institution at the Faculty and UBS's first such endowment at a university in Japan.
The series aims to provide third and fourth-year economics students with a practical financial primer to excel in an increasingly global financial environment. Conducted in English, the series will offer a combination of the study of world markets and academic theory. Senior executives from UBS will join academics from Keio University in delivering lectures, and in participating in panel discussions and fieldwork.
"Keio University and UBS agree that a pipeline of specialized and globally minded talent is essential if Japan is to maintain its competitiveness in world financial and capital markets. The UBS Lecture Series will help develop a pool of talent which has the potential to consolidate Japan's status as a major financial center," said Professor Shuhei Shiozawa of the Faculty of Economics "
The UBS lecture series will also be open to students participating in the university's Professional Career Programme. Launched in 2005, the programme caters to third and fourth-year students via small-group sessions and is also conducted in English.
"Developing high-caliber talent is a core value at UBS and nurturing the next generation of financial specialists is a demonstration of our commitment to the Japanese market," said Susumu Omori, President of UBS Securities Japan. "We are honored to have the opportunity to be part of this exciting initiative and look forward to contributing to the development of the next generation in the financial services industry. "
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Keio has a proud history as Japan's first private institution of higher learning, which dates back to the formation of a school for Dutch studies in 1858 in Edo (now Tokyo) by founder Yukichi Fukuzawa. Since the school's inception, the students of Keio have risen to the forefront of innovation in every academic field, many emerging as social and economic leaders.
In today's internationally interdependent world, Keio seeks to maintain the finest teaching faculty and superlative facilities. Based on the knowledge and experience of their predecessors, today's Keio students strive to develop the leadership qualities that will enable them to make valuable contributions to tomorrow's society. Now in 2008 the University celebrates its sesquicentennial 150th anniversary.
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