Sustainable Finance

National University of Singapore Introduces Master's Programme in Sustainability

Published on: 18 February 2022 01:44 PM
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The National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a new Master of Science in Sustainable and Green Finance (MSc SGF) programme to develop fresh talent in the field of financial solutions and services to address environmental and sustainability concerns. The MSc SGF programme, which was launched by NUS Business School in partnership with NUS' Sustainable and Green Finance Institute (SGFIN), is the first MSc programme in Asia that focuses on sustainable and green finance.

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According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the green economy might provide 24 million employment globally by 2030. According to research by Bain & Company, Microsoft, and Singapore's Temasek Holdings, Southeast Asia alone would require around US$2 trillion in sustainable infrastructure investment by 2021 to cut greenhouse gas emissions. By 2030, the green economy in the area will have created five to six million new employment. Graduates of the one-year full-time NUS MSc SGF programme will take advantage of these changes to help the world become a better place.

“Many green finance experts were trained in the West. Asia needs its indigenous finance talents with the right institutional knowledge to tackle environmental and sustainability challenges while balancing the needed economic development. We are excited that NUS is at the forefront in introducing a full-fledged Master’s programme in Sustainable and Green Finance in Singapore and Asia,” said Associate Professor Zhang Weina, Academic Director of the MSc SGF programme and Deputy Director of SGFIN.

The curriculum is designed for professionals who want to contribute to the rising business and financial sector's efforts to address sustainability concerns.

Sustainable finance theories and research, as well as case studies on Asian enterprises and financial markets, will be covered. They will be taught to recognise environmental and commercial constraints, as well as to suggest viable financial services and solutions for real-world industry issues such as regulatory reporting, risk management, and long-term investment.

The programme, which will begin sessions in August 2022, expects to enrol around 35 to 40 students in the initial cohort.

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