Students studying at Indian River State College now have access to the platform used by the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies to view real-time global financial data, news feeds and messages. The College has installed 12 Bloomberg Terminals, providing students with unparalleled coverage of markets and securities with information across asset classes—from fixed income to equities, foreign exchange, commodities and derivatives.
IRSC’s implementation of the Bloomberg Terminals brings the real world of business and finance into the classroom. IRSC is one of more than 1,000 academic institutions globally—but the only one on Florida’s Treasure Coast—to integrate Bloomberg into the curriculum for its business and finance degree programs. The new IRSC Bloomberg Financial Lab will also be used for financial literacy programs and Bloomberg certification courses, which the College expects to begin later this year.
“The opportunity to bring Bloomberg to our students provides an unparalleled resource in developing valuable financial and analytic skills that will differentiate and improve their competitiveness in the job market,” explains Dr. Prashanth Pilly, Dean of the IRSC Business Division. “Integrating classroom teaching with the real-world data, news and analytics available on the Terminal better prepares our students for futures in the business and finance industries.”
IRSC’s subscriptions to the Bloomberg Terminal will serve as a resource for both students and professors. It will enable students to become familiar with tools used in financial services, reinforcing classroom theory, while professors can use it to further their research.
“When a student comes to IRSC, they can expect a best-in-class education, and our Bloomberg Finance Lab is another example of the outstanding resources that are freely available to them,” shares IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore. “At IRSC, students from every academic discipline have the opportunity to sharpen their financial literacy to help them succeed personally and professionally.”
Students of varying levels and study areas can familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of finance through the lens of the Terminal by taking Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC). Upon completing BMC’s Core Concepts modules, learners receive a certificate of completion that can be added to their LinkedIn profiles and resumes to show their knowledge of both the markets and the Terminal.
A ribbon-cutting for the new Bloomberg Finance Lab is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the Brown Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.