Sydney, 2 July 2018 – 40 year 11 high school students from across NSW who have demonstrated an interest in finance have been chosen to attend the prestigious UBS Finance Academy to be held in Sydney next week.

“The UBS Finance Academy is integral to UBS's commitment to nurture Australia’s future talent," said Matthew Grounds, UBS Chief Executive Officer, Australasia. "We are proud that the Academy is in its 16th year. The UBS Finance Academy supplements our suite of educational programs which have provided educational guidance and assistance to more than 6,400 school students to date."

During the week long fully subsided residential course, attendees gain a first-hand insight into financial markets the operations of a bank and the many career paths open to them, some of which they previously wouldn’t know existed. Students meet key industry players as well as gain a practical and working knowledge of financial markets via workshops, ‘day in the life of’ presentations, mock case studies and a visit to UBS’s trading floor amongst other activities.

A number of previous students have gone on to pursue a career in finance, one of which is Jessie Zhuang who attended the UBS Finance Academy in 2014 and now works at UBS. "As my exposure to the world of finance was previously limited to economics studies at school, the Academy was an eye opening experience for me” she said. “The UBS Finance Academy gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizon with respect to finance and financial markets. By providing an introduction to various markets, concepts, and sectors including that of M&A, Fixed Income and Equities Research, this helped me shape my future career and study aspirations. Additionally, the leadership and public speaking content in the Academy helped me to develop the skills and confidence to pursue a challenging career in this highly dynamic industry.”

The Secondary Principals’ Council in NSW has supported the initiative since its inception and has assisted UBS in the selection process. Students are assessed on their aptitude for business, economics and other finance related subjects.

President of the NSW Secondary School Principals’ Council, Chris Presland said, “The UBS Finance Academy is a wonderful opportunity for bright young deserving students to gain a rare insight into the world of finance. The Academy highlights the breadth and depth of career paths available in the financial services industry. UBS’s commitment and dedication to supporting secondary school students is commendable and we are proud to have been involved with the Academy since its inception.”


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