ABAF-BVFA and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School join forces on Financial Analyst Training

A new Vlerick Part-time Masters in Finance in Brussels as of January 2012

ABAF-BVFA and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School join forces on training and qualification. It will merge its programme preparing students for the international accredited financial analyst exams into a new Part-time Masters in Finance Programme of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School which will be offered in Brussels starting January 2012. This collaboration will bring to the Belgian and international financial and financial services community a unique resource for talent development and retention, financial skill building and professional certification.

The Belgian Association of Financial Analysts (ABAF-BVFA) organises since 1981 tailor-made professional courses for people holding a bachelor’s degree in economics or business administration who need additional training for their professional career. Those courses prepare young professionals for the international accredited Certified International Investment Analyst exams (from ACIIA) and for the Chartered Financial Analyst exams (from CFA Institute). The ABAF-BVFA qualification programmes are designed for professionals working in Investment Banking (Equity and Fixed Income Research, Trading and Sales, Corporate Finance and Structured Finance, Going Public, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Finance, Private Equity); Asset Management (including Risk Management, Performance Measurement and Analysis, Private Banking); Investment and Management Consultancy; Accounting and Auditing and Capital Markets Communication/ Investor Relations, Finance and Accounting.

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School is the only triple accredited (Equis, AMBA and AACSB) and Financial Times ranked business school in Belgium. Its fulltime Masters of Finance programme, based in Gent, has been preparing students for an international career in Finance since 1984, and is a CFA partner programme since 2008. As part of its commitment to build a world class Centre for Financial Services in Brussels, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School will now be offering a part-time version of its Finance Masters for working professionals.

For this new programme, which will start in January 2012, ABAF-BVFA and Vlerick are joining forces. The Masters exams of this new programme have been accepted by EFFAS and ACIIA as their Foundation Level exams (installed through ABAF-BVFA’s CEFA accreditation). Students graduating from this Vlerick Part-time Masters Degree in June 2013 will be invited to sit the CIIA Final Exams in September 2013 and will as such receive the UK FSA accreditation.

As such this 18 month programme brings the existing CIIA programme to a higher degree combining its professional international certificate with a full Masters academic title. Classes will start early January 2012 and will continue up to June 2012. After finishing their June exams, students will be invited to sit the prestigious EFFAS Summer School in the Ciudad de Santander next to Madrid. Classes will restart in September 2012 and continue up to June 2013. After succeeding they will obtain their academic Vlerick Masters degree in Finance and the CEFA degree. They will be invited promptly to sit the final CIIA exam and as such obtain the CIIA final designation.

The Programme Director will be Hans Buysse, President of ABAF-BVFA. He will join forces with the Vlerick Academic Director Prof. Dr. Mathieu Luypaert. The faculty also combines the Vlerick academic excellence and ABAF-BVFA professionals.

The Belgian Association will of course continue to fulfil its core tasks of improving quality, adequacy and correctness of financial information provided to investors and will further collaborate with Febelfin, Nyse Euronext and FSMA to do so. ABAF-BVFA will continue to framework and guard the ethical behaviour of its members.

Hans Buysse, the President of ABAF-BVFA declares: “We welcome this collaboration with Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School as a first step in building a centre of excellence in financial services in Brussels and hope that you will all participate in building and growing this initiative. We are delighted to offer our participants the added benefit of a broader and internationally reputed academic degree from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in the process of preparing for their professional CIIA qualification.”

Philippe Haspeslagh, the Dean of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School adds: “We are looking forward to bring to Brussels an international top quality Masters in Finance which can be combined with a professional career. The programme will be unique in combining the academic strength of Vlerick and the professional practicality of ABAF-BVFA training. This programme should appeal to all the finance and banking professionals seeking to upgrade their skills and to be certified”.


ABAF-BVFA, founded on June 18, 1959, has more than 300 members professionally focused on financial analysis. ABAF-BVFA is member of EFFAS, the European Federation of Financial Analyst Societies. EFFAS promotes the development and dissemination of international professional standards in order to contribute towards a high level of quality in the professional practice of investment professionals. The CIIA diploma promoted by EFFAS has an awarding body status in the United Kingdom and is recognised by FSSC (Financial Services Skills Council) as a Key 2 qualification (Fact sheet CIIA UK Recognition). ABAF-BVFA will continue to collaborate further with Febelfin Academy on programs such as the Professional Certificate in Treasury and Risk Management and in the ACI Dealing Certificate.

About Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School is a top European Management School, with campuses in Ghent and Leuven, Belgium, and St-Petersburg, Russia. Being the autonomous Management School of Ghent University and KULeuven, the School also has important international alliances with universities and business schools all over the world, such as Peking University in China and the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. Vlerick was founded in 1953 by the Professor and entrepreneur André Vlerick, and has been Belgium’s leading management school for over half a century. In recent years, the School has been steadily climbing the international rankings in the Financial Times and the Economist, up to reaching the top 10 in the FT European Business School rankings.

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