“We work on real-life cases to make their transition from school to work rapid and successful!” Dr Moez Bennouri tells us of his experience with MBS’s MSc in Finance students.

 

An associate professor in the Finance Department at MBS, Dr Moez Bennouri teaches a number of courses in English, including ‘Fixed income, options and derivatives’, ‘Foundations of risk and asset pricing theory’, ‘Finance simulation’ and ‘Topics on valuation’, to the students making up the current Master of Sciences in Finance class. The goal of this MSc? To provide access to various finance careers (financial analyst, asset portfolio manager, financial risk manager, etc.) available on the international stage.

“At the beginning of the year, it was important to give some refresher courses so we could have a consistent class that was on the same page,” says Dr Bennouri. “Then we started the more advanced courses, which was when the students realised that this MSc really involves an in-depth study of the subject matter. From October to February, I was able to see their progress in class. They became increasingly interested because they no longer had this difficulty in understanding things. The aim is to go beyond the ‘purely educational’. So we started to get into hands-on cases. Right now, for instance, they’re working on a merger-acquisition case.”

In the second semester courses, ‘Finance simulation’ and ‘Topics on valuation’, specific cases are emphasised with a view to readying students for rapid and successful entry into the job market. “In ‘Finance simulation’, the exercise teaches them how to work as asset managers. They work as portfolio managers on behalf of a fictional client, a learning-by-doing situation that helps them understand the theory. They have to make the decisions, and have access to every market in the world to manage their clients’ estates ($1 million); the objective is a comfortable retirement. They have to show me their results at the end of the course as if I was the client. In ‘Topics on valuation’, it is corporate finance’s turn to look at a business’s various financial decisions (debt, mergers and acquisitions, going public, etc.). We also look at aspects of a business’s governance, and the behavioural aspects of decision-making. Following all this is fascinating from my point of view because the class is very diverse!”

“In fact, in the Master of Sciences course, the class is diverse in terms of both country of origin, and specialisation,” says M. Bennouri. “In my MSc in Finance class, there are 11 different nationalities. We have French nationals, of course, but also Moroccans, Chinese, an Afghan, a Colombian, a Lebanese-American and an Italian. It’s fascinating for us professors, too. Because this diversity is part of what’s special about teaching MScs. It’s another way of doing things because the students also come from different disciplines. We have to make the connection between these disciplines so that we can link what the students already know to what they will learn here. It’s very enriching, because each person comes with their own experience and their own culture; they aren’t all finance-formatted. We have engineers, for instance, and this gives us so much more valuable material to share.”

For MSc in Finance students at MBS, the curriculum involves exams in April and then four to six months of work experience (internship or employment).

Find out more: http://www.montpellier-bs.com/international/study-programs/msc/msc-finance

 
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