World standards of financial education «CFA Institute» at ONU

In June 2020 Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University has become the new University to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

Bachelor of International Economic Relations program of the Faculty of International Relations, Political science and Sociology, has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program prepares students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.  Through participation in this program, Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University is eligible to receive a certain number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

About the Affiliated Program

Opened in 1992, a student training program in "International Economic Relations" is one of the most prestigious programs in Odessa. The program provides students with a comprehensive formation through economic courses complemented with strong financial analytical and professional foreign language skills to understand the business environment and international economic relations. This program consists of eight semesters and has several areas of specialization, international finance and investment being the core disciplines. Professors teaching at the program got education and training at the world top universities and maintain professional relationships with foreign colleagues. Teams of students of the specialty take an active part in the annual research competitions “CFA research challenge”.

About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 176,000 members in 166countries and territories, including 164,000 CFA charterholders. For more information, visit

About the CFA Program

The CFA Program sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence, and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and other investment professionals worldwide. It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program. Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the program successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the “gold standard” for investment professionals.


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