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Finance for Professionals
ISET - International School of Economics at TSU is announcing a one-year certificate course in finance for professionals who want to upgrade their competency in finance. Leading companies operating in Georgia are invited to each select one or two employees to participate in the program.
About the Course

The program aims to endow people who have not received formal training in finance but have to deal with financial matters in their daily routine with fundamental concepts and methods of finance. It will enable the participants to understand and assess financial subjects independently and provide terminological and conceptual essentials for communicating with financial experts.

The three core courses provide an overview of the central methodologies of accounting and financial reporting, investment decision making and capital market theory, and an introduction to banking. In one of the elective course this knowledge is then applied to specific problems of project financing in a developing country. Alternatively, those with a pronounced mathematical interest can choose an introduction to financial engineering.

Course Structure

Professionals participating in the program are supposed to take three obligatory courses and one out of two elective courses. The three obligatory courses are:

  • Principles of Accounting and Financial Reporting
    (Miniterm II: 30 October - 19 December, 2014 taught by Jean-Frederic Paulsen)
  • Investment Basics: Discounted Cash Flow Valuation and the CAPM
    (Miniterm III: 12 January - 6 March, 2015, taught by Florian Biermann)
  • Banking Essentials
    (Miniterm IV - 9 March - 1 May, 2015, taught by Paul-Henri Forestier)
  • The two elective courses take place in Miniterm V (11 May - 3 July, 2015). The courses are:
  • Development Financing
    (taught by Paul-Henri Forestier)
  • Introduction to Financial Engineering
    (taught by Florian Biermann)
  • Professionals who meet the program requirements will receive a certificate.
    How to Apply

    Application deadline: October 20, 2014 - 3 P.M.

    Applicants are required to submit their

    • CV
    • Letter of Motivation
    • Letter of Nomination from the Employer

    to the following email:

    The program starts October 30, 2014.

    Courses will be offered at 6:30 pm, allowing employed professionals to attend classes after working hours.

    There are no mandatory registration fees. Companies whose nominated candidates are selected to attend the program, are, however, encouraged to support it through voluntary contributions, at management’s discretion.

    Contact information:
    16 Zandukeli Street, Tbilisi, Georgia
    Tel: +995 (322) 507 177
    Paul-Henri Forestier Jean-Frederic Paulsen Florian Biermann

    Paul-Henri Forestier, has lived in Georgia since May 2009 where he was EBRD Director for Caucasus, Moldova and Belarus until his retirement in 2013 and subsequently worked as a consultant. Paul-Henri joined the EBRD in 2002 in London and held several positions in the Evaluation Department and as a Senior Banker focusing on projects in Belarus, Moldova and the Caucasus as well as the Forestry Sector. Prior to joining the EBRD, Paul-Henri worked in Project Finance for BNP Paribas, in Corporate Banking at Banque Colbert (Credit Lyonnais Group) and started his career at Chemical Bank, New York, with assignments in Paris, London, Brussels, New York, Singapore and Toronto. Paul Henri holds a Doctorate degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Political Sciences (IEP) both from Paris University.

    Jean-Frederic Paulsen has extensive practical experience in accounting and finance having worked in financial management positions at Mars Inc. and Coca-Cola Inc., in the UK, France and Germany. With particular relevance to this course, Jean-Frederic managed the financial operations teams of Mars Food UK, covering working capital and cash management as well as accounts, expenses, payroll and stock accounting teams. Jean-Frederic is a chartered accountant and studied accounting and finance at the London School of Economics. Jean-Frederic also recently studied at the London Business School and is currently an entrepreneur in Georgia.

    Florian Biermann got his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in game theory and mathematical economics. Since 2011, he is assistance professor at ISET where he teaches, among others, courses in quantitative finance.