Published On: Fri, Aug 17th, 2012

University of Curacao introduces international high-quality course

WILLEMSTAD - The University of Curacao and the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) will soon start the course ‘Executive Masters in Financial Management’ again. The last information afternoon at the university takes place tomorrow, which includes intake-conversations, and evaluation of CV’s of interested parties. “There is certainly  place for five to ten students”, professor Joop Spronk said.

The first students, who have already registered, can start as early as next week. Also those yet to complete their entry can take part. The second module for the 1½-year course is scheduled to begin in October.

Normally, interested parties for such course are to live abroad for more than one year. This is therefore a perfect chance to follow the course here. Although there’s a rather high price tag on the course, there are special loan and tax facilities. “There are also sufficient employers, who understand the company benefits when their personnel follow this course”, said Spronk.

Spronk is a professor Financial Management Science in the Erasmus University for thirty years now and since the past five years also associated with the Rotterdam School of Management, which is a part of Erasmus. “The RSM has a good reputation internationally. A course at RSM stands surety for a large international network. The students receive a strong basis, according to international standards. RSM is a partner of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the United States and accepted internationally.”

Spronk’s affinity with Curaçao began in 1989. At the time he worked on a plan for ‘venture capital’ for Curaçao under the then minister of Finance, Cornelis ‘Chucho’ Smits. Spronk began the courses through the relations with Curaçao and the personal bonds with
The course is organized every two years. The first course ended in February. Eighteen students of whom four from Aruba, passed this course. The program only starts when sufficient qualified students have entered.program-director Renny Maduro (associated with the University). The program is offered worldwide, from the Middle East to South Africa, and an excellent one for this. With a diversity of subjects, students can anticipate specific local situations. In the previous program, the first one held on Curaçao, there were excursions to Beirut, New York and London.

Spronk: “Reputation and quality of the course is first priority. The course is meant for those already working in the financial sector, wanting to expand their specialty, but also for those from the corporate sector, banks, investment companies and pension funds, and people wishing to change their career.”

Spronk continues by stating, on top of that, the principle of the course is not only to focus on the theoretic and empiric results, but the colleges are also problem solving oriented.

The colleges are given once a month from Thursday up to and including Saturday. The college hours are from 8 a.m. up to and including 8 p.m. The rest of the month the students are to prepare and make propositions. The lecturers come from all over the world, for instance Costa Rica, New York, Lebanon, Morocco, Germany, the Netherlands, but also from Curaçao.

Students are to complete the course, including the extended assay, early 2014.

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