Experts of the financial institution will prepare students in the Finance and Banking master's degree programme of the Faculty of Economics
2 June 2021
Postbank and Sofia University will cooperate in the training of future financial experts in the Finance and Banking master’s degree programme of the Faculty of Economics. The financial institution is the only bank to carry out two independent modules, which are fully developed and created at its suggestion, as part of the academic programme of the faculty. The modern disciplines Banking Management, and Investment Banking will be part of the 2021-2022 compulsory curriculum, as the training will be led by the bank’s experts. The goal is to provide students with theoretical training and an excellent opportunity to gain valuable practical experience and knowledge that will help them in their successful career development in a real work environment.
"Education is a key priority in Postbank’s corporate social policy, in which we constantly invest. For 30 years, we have created sustainable projects through which we fulfil our mission to participate in building an innovative educational model that meets the expectations and needs of future generations. In support of modern education, we are developing our strategic partnership with Finance Academy, we are implementing a series of innovative projects together with SoftUni, and we are adding value to students’ knowledge and skills through our mentorship programme at the National Trade and Banking High School. We have always strived to engage young people and support them with our experience so that they can quickly and successfully enter the real business. We are glad that we are able to contribute to the sustainable link between education and business through this partnership. The students in the Finance and Banking master's degree programme will receive our mentorship support and inspiration from our best experts," Petia Dimitrova, CEO of Postbank, said.
Over 20 experts from various Postbank departments will participate in the large-scale joint programme. They will hold lectures and practical classes in both disciplines, and will prepare the final exam in cooperation with the teaching staff of the Department of Finance and Accounting. The programme is designed so that the training of future graduates includes many practical classes, case solving and discussions of real life examples, which will bring young experts as close as possible to the environment that awaits them after graduation. All this will help them improve their knowledge in order to be even more competitive and get a better chance at career development.
The “Banking Management” training starts in October 2021, and the “Investment Banking” discipline will be included in the curriculum of the Faculty of Economics as of February 2022.
"The link between universities and the business sector have improved significantly in recent years. The preparation and update of the formers’ curricula with the participation of employers has become much more active and Sofia University deems this important. I am glad that as of the next academic year, the students in the two master's degree programmes of the Faculty of Economics will have the opportunity to receive theoretical and practical knowledge from Postbank’s experts", Rector of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski Prof. Anastas Gerdzhikov said.
The future master‘s degree holders will have the opportunity to continue their career development by enrolling in Postbank‘s year-round paid internship programme. The internship has flexible working hours – 4 or 8 hours, in accordance with students’ training schedule, and will take 1-3 months. Those of them interested in the internship programme, will work in Postbank’s Central Office in Sofia or financial centres in the country in Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna, Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Svishtov, Blagoevgrad, Stara Zagora, Shumen and Gabrovo.
More information about Postbank’s participation in the master’s degree programme is available at www.postbank.bg or the website of the Faculty of Economics with Sofia University.