Mohamed Mounir in top 5 students EMEA on Bloomberg Aptitude Test

Vlerick Masters in Financial Management student Mohamed Mounir has become third in the BAT Europe, Africa and Middle East Hall of Fame for the month of April. The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) allows students who are interested in pursuing a career in the finance sector to compare themselves internationally and to showcase their strengths to potential financial employers worldwide. This global, standardised online exam was developed by the Bloomberg Institute – the educational and graduate career networking division of Bloomberg LP – in collaboration with financial professionals, recruiters and academics. Each month Bloomberg Institute recognises top performers by adding them to their monthly Hall of Fame.

Mohamed was delighted when he heard that he earned a place in the BAT Hall of Fame. “Even though I come from a non-financial background, I have a genuine interest in finance which definitely helped me achieve the high score on the BAT. Furthermore, the Masters in Financial Management programme at Vlerick has made it possible for me to  be able to pursue my interest in finance and investing. Not only did I work on case studies dealing with actual business issues at some of the largest companies in the world such as AB Inbev, Apple, and The Walt Disney Company. I was also able to receive security analysis advice by an analyst at a multi-billion dollar hedge fund,  present to a  CFO of a publically traded company, and assume the position of a venture capitalist putting a deal together to finance a start-up.  All of these enriching experiences have no doubt  helped me attain a high score on the BAT. I would like to thank the faculty and staff of Vlerick Business School for their support as well as my classmates and colleagues for a great year!"

Better results

When looking at the average results of Vlerick Masters-students compared to average scores of all prior global test takers it is clear that Vlerick students outperform their peers worldwide. According to Wouter De Maeseneire, Programme Director Masters in Financial Management, this excellent result can be attributed to the high standard of Masters education at Vlerick: “Mohamed’s outstanding achievement as well as Vlerick’s overall great performance unmistakably illustrate that our Masters in Financial Management contributes in preparing students for a prosperous career in finance. Vlerick’s Masters programmes deploy a highly competitive admissions procedure to guarantee attracting individuals of high calibre from around the globe. Throughout the demanding and challenging Masters in Financial Management year, students will be equipped with an in-depth understanding of all key aspects of financial management. Moreover, our focus on action-based hands-on learning combined with personal development trains them to become successful professionals by further stimulating their reasoning, reporting, presenting and communication skills. This ensures that our finance graduates will have excellent job market opportunities.

About the BAT

This comprehensive and objective test which is currently offered at over 3,000 universities and business schools in 60 countries around the world comprises of 100 multiple-choice questions and lasts two hours. Students can assess their abilities in 8 key performance areas, including analytical reasoning, global markets, math, economics, news analysis, and other relevant topics. After completing the BAT students receive their scores, being able to compare themselves to a talent pool of over 150,000 students around the world and have the chance to anonymously market themselves to over 20,000 financial companies that use the Bloomberg Professional Service for internships and full-time positions in finance.

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