The financial tsunami has forced the banking and finance sector to rethink the importance of risk management. This has led to greater demand for well-trained people in this field.
The department of statistics at Chinese University offers a master of science in risk management science to cultivate talent in the area.
Programme director Professor Chan Ping-shing says the course provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills.
It incorporates knowledge from mathematics, statistics, finance and computer science. Graduates are equipped with expertise that will allow them to play a leading role in the risk management sector in Hong Kong and abroad.
Existing students come from the banking and finance industry, and hold positions such as credit analysts, strategic risk analysts, audit managers and specialists in wealth management and information technology.
Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum second-class honours in business, science, engineering or related disciplines.
Each year 25 to 40 students are enrolled. The course is offered on a part-time basis only. Students normally complete the programme in two years. Classes are held on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons to cater for those who work.
Kelvin Lai, a first-year student on the course, holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance, and works on equity structuring for an investment bank. He took the course to learn more technical skills which he can apply to his work. "Through the course my understanding of various models and theories used in the financial industry is reinforced. I have learned how to use some statistical software which is useful for my job," Lai says.