Edinburgh touted as a hub for sustainable finance education

An international prospectus has been produced to target students and professionals seeking a career in ethical financial services.

Led by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), the move comes after the world’s largest financial institutions gathered in Edinburgh to discuss progress towards positive global change.

The World Bank, Bank of England and major finance and investment firms all attended the Edinburgh summit this week, where Scotland’s capital was touted as a center of education on sustainable finance.

The University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS) recently partnered with the Kuala Lumpur-based Asian Banking School (ABS), highlighting Scotland’s growing reputation for environmental, social and governance (ESG).

GEFI assessed more than seven courses, including master’s programs, against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals before including them in its 18-page prospectus.

Topics include climate change finance and investing and ESG investing.

Professor Colyn Gardner, Managing Director of the Asian Banking School, said: “As the largest specialist provider of quality banking education programs in the region, the Asian Banking School is well placed to be aware of the needs industry training and where it’s headed. We ensure that our courses are innovative, forward-thinking and relevant.

“That’s why when we were looking to partner with a new executive education program for banking executives covering the latest industry topics such as sustainable finance, digital transformation, the future of finance, fintech and ESG, we turned to the University of Edinburgh Business School to collaborate with.”

Over 160,000 people work in finance-related jobs and around £9.5bn of responsible funds are already managed in Scotland.


Omar Shaikh, Managing Director of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative, said: “We all depend on global finance making the right choices to bring about positive change and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Ethical finance offers the opportunity to learn how finance can serve the economy without losing sight of its impact on society and the environment. Scotland has a culture conducive to sustainable finance. Our new guide will help full-time students and busy professionals find the right opportunity on their journey to sustainable finance.

“The partnership between the Asian Banking School and the University of Edinburgh Business School is testament to an inherent research culture that can once again shape the world.”

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