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Jack Welch College of Business Receives Certification from Global Finance Association

Partnership ensures graduates can meet market demands

The Jack Welch College of Business Finance Center

Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB) has joined only 49 other institutions around the world in receiving official certification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). This connection will help the business school better prepare students who are pursuing a financial risk management designation.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sacred Heart University to the GARP Partnership for Risk Education,” said the GARP’s managing director, Chris Donohue. “The master’s in finance & investment management program offered by the WCOB is a comprehensive program specifically developed with the requirements of global risk management in mind. Upon completing this program, students will be well-positioned to pursue the financial risk manager (FRM) designation and a career in the global risk management profession.”

This partnership between Sacred Heart University and GARP was organized to ensure that WCOB courses are in line with current market thinking and to give students the opportunity to apply for their FRM designation with GARP.

“The overriding logic behind why we have entered this partnership is to make sure that we, in the Welch College of Business, stay abreast of the latest market trends with respect to educating our students,” said Mark Ritter, executive-in-residence at the WCOB. “That means we understand and are able to adapt our courses to meet the requirements that the market is demanding.”

Academically speaking, the WCOB is dedicated to being at the forefront of applied finance, Ritter said, and this prestigious association aligning with SHU reaffirms the University’s enthusiasm for bettering its students for the future.

For future WCOB graduates, graduating from SHU with the FRM designation is a distinguishing hallmark in the field of finance, as it verifies the student met a certain level of preparation and is ready to take on real-world experiences, Ritter added.

“As a whole, it speaks to the quality of our programs here within the business school. It shows that Sacred Heart University’s courses, and our programs, are comparable to some of the best business schools out there,” noted Kwamie Dunbar, associate dean and professor of finance.