Nova and FGV unite to teach MIF in Brazil and Portugal

The Portuguese business school has joined forces with the Getúlio Vargas Foundation of Brazil to train the next generation of Latin American bankers

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In response to the burgeoning market for banking and finance jobs in Latin America, Portuguese business school Nova is to launch a Masters in Finance programme in August 2013 with the Brazil-based Fundação Getulio Vargas.

The core courses of the degree will be taught in São Paulo and the electives in Lisbon, with a two-week project in London between the two. Although part of the attraction of the tie-up is that the two schools are located in Portuguese-speaking countries, the one-year full-time degree will be taught completely in English. This makes the programme distinct from other Masters in Finance degrees taught in Brazil, says João Amaro de Matos, associate dean for international development at Nova School of Business and Economics.

The programme will be taught by the economics department rather than the business school at FGV, he says. “We needed a school that would cover the technical parts (of the curriculum).”

FGV will recruit students for the programme in Latin America and Nova in Europe and the US. The two are hoping to recruit 20 students for the inaugural class, with a longer-term target of about 30 graduates a year.

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