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Stamford International University (Stiu) has launched a Master of Business Administration in Bank and Financial Institution Management (MBA BFM) programme, which aims to produce high-quality bankers to serve Thailand's growing monetary industry. 

Narongchai Akarasenee, PhD, the programme's adviser, said that there is a great demand for financially-savvy human resources due to the exponential increase in the number and types of financial institutions. "Only a few education institutions focus on financial and banking institutions' administrative duties," said Mr Narongchai.

The new course aims to turn out students who can serve the financial sector immediately after graduation, said Somdej Chetuphon, director of the Centre for Bank & Financial Institutions Management at Stiu. The course will equip students with credit analysis, business project analysis, loan management and international banking skills.

"We've discovered that many universities offer courses without sufficient regard for the needs and demands of society. Therefore, the content of the MBA BFM programme is tailored to the real needs of the current banking industry," Mr Somdej explained.

Over a period of 17 months, the programme offers students a thesis and a non-thesis route. The curriculum is co-designed by banking practitioners and academics. Fifty students are expected for the first class, and faculty and industry professionals will conduct lessons.

The programme will be taught in Thai. Assoc Prof Boonmark Sirinaovakul, PhD, president of Stiu, says future courses may be taught in English if warranted.

"We expect to draw in students from India and China, where there is a huge demand for graduates in this field of study," said the president.

The deadline is Sept 30. Candidates must hold at least a bachelor's degree in any field, have at least one year's work experience and have a strong interest in finance and banking.

For details of MBA BFM, contact Stiu on 02-769-4000. Visit for more information on the university.

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