New course in finance emphasises motivation

Photo Nicolai Tangen and Malin Rebekah Svarstad.
"Internship in Asset Management" is a new course for master’s students in their first to third semester. On 24 January, the course was launched, where, among others, Nicolai Tangen from the Norges Bank Investment Management (to the right) gave a lecture. To the left: Master's student in finance, Malin Rebekah Svarstad. Photo: Helge Skodvin
NHH By Ingrid Aarseth Johannessen

25 January 2023 15:38

New course in finance emphasises motivation

‘We want to contribute to more NHH students gaining competence and practical experience within the Norwegian asset management environment,’ says NHH's Rector Øystein Thøgersen.

On Tuesday 24 January, NHH and Finance Norway’s new master course "Internship in Asset Management" was presented to the NHH students. Nicolai Tangen at the Government Pension Fund Global and Alexandra Morris at Skagen Fondene were among those who took part in the launch event. The Government Pension Fund Global is among the initiators of the course.

‘We want to contribute to more NHH students gaining competence and practical experience within the Norwegian asset management environment, and more long-term, ensure that the financial industry can draw on a larger and more diverse competence base,’ says Rector Øystein Thøgersen.

The new course is open for 20 students. The programme will combine the teaching of relevant topics using expertise from NHH and prominent guest lecturers from leading asset management organisations, with an internship in an institution with significant presence and established expertise in asset management. Master's students (from the first to the third semester) can apply, regardless of which specialisation they take.

Motivation is crucial

It is the students' motivation that is emphasised in the interview process, and not grades. This differs from the job interviews that NHH students normally have. It is also the first time that students can take a credit-bearing course that gives them an internship in Norway.

‘We already know that the students have good grades, since they have entered the master's programme at NHH. It will be difficult to compare them based on grades, since they come from different specialisations and many from countries other than Norway,’ says Course Manager Darya Yuferova.

‘More interaction between academia and business’

CEO Idar Kreutzer at Finance Norway is now looking forward to the course being launched:

‘It is very exciting that with this program we have found a solution where practical experience becomes an integral part of the formal course of study. This strengthens the interaction between academia and business, and we want more of that’.

Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, is among the 15 management organisations that will offer students internships.