Professional Master in BANKING AND FINANCE
The Department of Banking and Finance aims at the qualification of new staff with general knowledge, alert to the challenges in finance, and able to work in banking sector as well as in the administration of local and foreign private companies. The student will be able to acquire the necessary knowledge to operate in Albania and abroad due to the learnt theoretical framework, banking system, Albanian economy, accounting, etc. The department?s objective is to qualify new financers and bankers, supplied with the field knowledge by benefiting from all the achievements of this discipline at the international level.
The degree conferred upon the completion of the undergraduate program is specialist in Banking and Finance/ Bachelor of Arts in Banking and Finance. The qualification from this department provides students with knowledge in Banking and Finance, and prepares them with the necessary organizational skills to serve in the public and private banking system.
The system of attendance is full time. A detailed information on the courses offered in the semester schedules are included in the academic plan. The list of departmental must, elective, restricted elective and free-elective courses is provided in details in the academic catalog, including the theoretical lessons, recitation lessons, credits, equivalent credits according to ECTS credit system, and workload of each course. List of courses offered each semester by our department and academic catalog correlate together.
The objective of this department is to fulfill the need for qualified members in the field of finance and in banking system, and to prepare skilled people to work in different banking sectors.
Our vision is to be recognized as a major banking and finance department at the country level and in the region in both research and teaching. The department aims to foster finance expertise and global competitiveness in students.
Program and Job opportunities
The first necessary requirement for the pursuit of studies in this department will be the High School Diploma in Albania or an equivalent diploma of a Foreign High School Diploma subject to the criteria established by Ministry of Education and Science. The Admissions for this department will be defined by the admission exam. The necessary documentation for registration and for admission is explained in the Regulation of Epoka University.
This department has the following advantages:
- Appropriate and comfortable spaces for students and academicians.
- Recent catalogs and educational programs based on the global trade of labour demand.
- Diversified staff (foreign and Albanian) with long educational experience.
- Possibilities for internships during the education in foreign and local banks.
- The spaces are supplied with wireless and cabled internet 24 hour that students can use to develop their research.
- The possibility of employment for the graduated is tightly connected with their academicals advances, courage, and conditions that will be provided by the University.
- The graduated students will have consolidated knowledge on finances, banking and economic processes.
- Students will be able to situate trade development and find relevant solution to the continuously appearing challenges.
- Through the gained experience, the graduated students will be among the most preferred staff in the specific disciplines due to their profession ethics, acquired theoretical framework, and applied methodology when employed.
- The department aims at encouraging and motivating the graduated students to organize and manage their private activities.
Academic staff evolved in the fulfillment of the academic program is expected to have the following patterns:
-The educational workload for these four years is 159 credits or 240 ECTS credits. Seven full time and part-time academicians are responsible to handle the course load. The foreign and the Albanian staff is totally dedicated to the well-functioning of the department organization, they are also highly qualified and supplemented with empirical experiences from important institutions in Albania and abroad.
-The basic instructive texts are the most recent editions of books. At the same time, registration in the most important on-line academic journals will facilitate the conduct of research by students, who can navigate freely in these sites. The course syllabus with weekly schedule of the lectures will be given by the instructor at the beginning of the course. Foreign literature will be used during the program studies.
-In addition to the course schedules, ?EPOKA? University will cooperate with important companies and banks in Albania to organize internship for students helping them to better perceive the use of theoretical framework in empirical conditions as well as to enhance their organizational and administrative skills. Moreover due to multimedia lab found in the University, students will be continuously attending video-conferences on various topics, held by distinguished international bankers and head chiefs of different organizations. The format of the academic curriculum of the Banking and Finance department is based on the model of the most well-known universities in the world.
The primary objective of the department is to equip students with a broad understanding of the concepts and principles of banking and finance. We also provide a comprehensive training in the basic analytical tools essential for making decisions in the fields of banking and finance. This department provides students with a wide range of skills and knowledge to equip them to meet the constantly changing challenges facing the modern financial sector and facilitate their achievement for time-to-degree. Our academic programs empower students to become leaders by providing the foundations of essential theory and practice. Graduates of the Department of Banking and Finance have excellent job opportunities in private and government institutions as well as in key ministries and agencies inside and outside of the country. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, students learn to value diversity, think critically, and integrate technology in their preparation for study at the graduate level and for lifelong work. Graduates of this program find that their specialist knowledge is in demand by international banks and finance institutions, legal practices, regulatory institutions and the academic world.
BANKING AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
|1||The students are gained the ability to look at the problems of daily life from a broader perspective. They gain the needed skills not only to understand economic problems in economics but also to construct a model and defend in meaningful way.|
|2||They have knowledge about the finance and banking.|
|3||They have knowledge about the money and banking.|
|4||They have knowledge about the international finance and banking.|
|5||They have ability to use mathematical and statistical methods in banking and finance.|
|6||They know how to use computer programs in both daily office usage and statistical data evaluations in banking and finance department.|
|7||They have necessary banking and finance skills that needed in private and public sector.|
|8||They are intended to be specialist in one of departmental fields that they choose from the list of general economics, finance economics, public finance, corporate finance, finance management, international finance markets and institutions, banking and central banking, international finance and banking, money and banking, international trade and banking.|
They have ability to utilize fundamental economic theories and tools to solve economic problems in banking and finance.
|10||They are aware of the fact that banking and finance is a social science and they respect the social perspectives and social values of the society?s ethics.|