CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals that awards the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation, is pleased to announce a CFA Program Partnership with IE Business School in Spain.

In 2009, the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings ranked IE Business School 3rd in Europe and 6th in the world. IE Business School has a 400-strong faculty and a student body from more than 80 countries in its master, doctorate, and executive education programs.

The partnership aligns IE’s Master in Finance programme with the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge® syllabus, allowing candidates to complete a Master in Finance and prepare for the CFA Program® at the same time. This combination places successful students in an advantageous position when seeking to enter the finance industry or enhance their careers.

Dennis McLeavey, CFA, Head of Education, CFA Institute (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) said, “IE is an ideal CFA Program Partner due to its status as one of the top 10 business schools in the world. By incorporating the CFA Program curriculum, our Code of Ethics, and our Standards of Practice Handbook, IE Business School is preparing its students to earn the ‘global passport’ to a career in the investment industry. ”

Ignacio de la Torre, Academic Director and Associate Professor at IE, said, “It is an honour to become the first CFA Program Partner in Spain. Here at IE Business School we strive to offer our students the best opportunities for their future, and, through our partnership with CFA Institute, we can now offer them even more. ”

CFA Spain, a member society of CFA Institute, has over 400 members and organises educational activities for charterholders, members, and candidates. Commenting on the new CFA Program Partnership, Borja Duran, president of CFA Spain, said, “As a society serving charterholders, we at CFA Spain welcome this inaugural Spanish CFA Program Partnership as a demonstration of the importance placed on the country’s future investment professionals. We look forward to servicing their needs as and when they become charterholders. ”

There are currently 88 CFA Program Partners in the world, of which IE is the first in Spain. The first Program Partnership was signed with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2006.