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Gripped by Grexit? Shocked by Shanghai shares? A new Australia-first undergraduate course in Global Finance, designed for students with no prior knowledge of finance, could be for you.

The course, run by UNSW’s Institute of Global Finance, will begin in second semester.

“The Global Finance course will help students develop an international perspective and enhance their capacity to work anywhere in the world,” says course convenor, Professor Fariborz Moshirian.

The course is the first of its kind in Australia, and will include lectures from Nobel Laureates, eminent professors from the United States, and experts from industry including PwC and the Asian Development Bank.

“This course will equip students with an understanding of the financial factors of their respective disciplines and give them an edge in their job applications,” says Professor Moshirian, who is Director of UNSW’s Institute of Global Finance and a consultant to the Asian Development Bank.

The course will cover topics such as factors influencing foreign exchange rates, Asian capital markets, global tax management, global risk management and global investment strategies.

It will also provide students with insight into investment banking, the superannuation industry and the role of multinational companies in the financial system.

“Finance is the life blood that supports the success of all industries. Therefore it is vital for students to understand the application of global finance as they enter the world of work,” Professor Moshirian explains.

Using live financial data in collaboration with New York University, the course will also teach students how companies work with financial institutions on trade finance, joint ventures, and raising capital.

The course will be available through face-to-face lectures or online delivery, and as a non-award course on application.