Melbourne develops online finance specialisation with BNY Mellon

March 15 / 154

Corporate decision-making, financial analytics tools and the role of capital markets will be central to a new suite of online courses developed by the University for BNY Mellon.

Through a unique collaboration underwritten by BNY Mellon, the University will develop four publicly available courses along with a Capstone Project that will constitute a ‘Finance Specialization’, to be delivered to learners world-wide via Coursera.

BNY Mellon’s 50,000 employees will also have access to the new Finance Specialization through BNY Mellon University, the company’s corporate learning and development organisation.

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Educational Innovation), Professor Gregor Kennedy said, “We see this as a really exciting extension of our MOOC programs, and an endorsement of our expertise in this area.”

Professor Paul Kofman, Dean of the Faculty of Business & Economics and Associate Professor Sean Pinder will lead the development and teaching of the online course. Professor Kofman said the course “provided a unique opportunity to demonstrate the principles of corporate decision making in practice using BNY Mellon's vast network of global financial experts.”

Scheduled to go live in mid-2015, the course is designed to provide a firm understanding of the financial toolsets necessary to solve real problems in complex financial markets. It will cover the language and tools of accounting principles and financial analysis, how value is created by global markets, the choices firms face when making financial decisions and redefined attitudes towards risk and risk management.

“We see great potential in combining the best of university teaching with the insights of industry leaders,” said Daphne Koller, President and Co-Founder of Coursera. “BNY Mellon and Melbourne, by working closely to create flexible, affordable educational experiences for current and aspiring finance professionals, are helping us pave the way for a future where online education meets needs across a lifetime of personal and career growth.”

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Story by David Scott

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