Message from the Chairman
Welcome to the 3rd issue of the Department of Banking & Financial Management’s Newsletter. Our department publishes this newsletter to apprise our colleagues, friends and corporate supporters of events, research and other developments of interest at the Department.
As you may observe our research efforts continue and are expected to intensify over the future periods. After completing a very successful assessment process organized by the Government of Greece and a Committee with members from worldwide academic institutions, we are encouraged to continue and expand our research and teaching efforts as well.
The mission of our Department is twofold. First, to develop new venues in the Department’s program in finance that will afford exciting learning opportunities to our students. And second, to establish a leading core for modern financial research. The finance faculty is committed to sustaining excellence in teaching activities, research activities and helping our students succeed.
Our new Master’s Program in Finance suitable for people owning a degree from Law Schools enters the second year of presence. After a very tedious evaluation process and a pool of more than one hundred applications, the program sets off again in September 2012.
Department-affiliated faculty teach in all levels of our degree curriculum. Moreover, my bringing outstanding scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to give a lecture during our weekly seminars series, the Department is an ideal environment in which to conduct significant research in finance. The research output for the Department in finance has substantially increased over the recent years. Our Department also serves as a major venue where the leading experts in finance from the private sector can meet regularly to exchange views and information with people from academia.
The Department also encourages PhD students to conduct finance-related research by providing such services as funding through financial scholarships, providing research data from major databases and funding a single participation in an international conference on an annual basis. In another part of the Newsletter you may find out more information about the distinguished guest speakers for the academic year 2012-2013.
Our graduate programs (full-time and part-time) in finance are nearly unique in producing students with extensive training in finance. This set of skills makes our graduates highly sought after in the job market. Both programs are designed to be completed in three semesters, while the new graduate program for law graduates is designed to be completed in two semesters.
I hope you will find the new issue of our Newsletter more informative. My colleagues and I look forward to hearing from you and to your continued support.
Nicholas Apergis, PhD
Professor in Economics
Chairman and Director of the Graduate Program