Student wins top financial award

Student wins top financial award

Issued: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:24:00 BST

Photo of student, Rui Luo, with Kevin Rush, Head of Economic Development Glasgow City Council

A student from Adam Smith Business School has won a prestigious financial services award at a student award ceremony in Glasgow.

Rui Luo from Shanghai, China, has been recognised by Glasgow International Financial Services District (IFSD) for her achievements. She is studying for a Masters in International Finance at the Adam Smith Business School and is keen to pursue a career in either investment banking or consulting.

The awards programme was established by the IFSD Partnership to highlight the wealth of talented graduates emerging from Glasgow’s universities and colleges who are prepared for careers in financial services. A total of 6 students, including Rui, were presented with a certificate and £250 as they had proven to be ‘outstanding achievers’ at their higher institution. Rui explained that: "It was very helpful to take my Masters degree at the University of Glasgow. I majored in biology during my undergraduate and I chose an MFin in International Finance to provide me with an opportunity to systematically learn finance. The fact is MFin has achieved what I expected. It starts from basic structure of modern finance and develops practical skills for our career. It helps me to explore my potential and enthusiasm in finance and finally win this award at the end of academic year."

Presenting the award to Rui Luo was Kevin Rush, Head of Economic Development at Glasgow City Council (pictured above). Congratulating the recipients he said: “These awards recognise the great work being done by the universities and colleges in Glasgow and the relationships they have with the financial services sector to ensure a steady pipeline of well qualified graduates to work in the industry”.

At the award ceremony Sharon Hamilton, Director, Financial and Business Services, Scottish Enterprise said: “We know that the availability and quality of skills are key factors for the success of financial institutions worldwide; the IFSD Student Awards underline the exceptional talent graduating from Glasgow and the West of Scotland for the global financial services industry today and in the future.”

This sentiment was echoed by Margaret Johnson, Executive Director, Human Resources, Morgan Stanley, when she said, “It has been a real pleasure to meet the award winners who have worked so hard to achieve this outstanding success. With talented graduates like these aspiring to work in financial services, it is clear that the future growth and success of the sector is in very good hands.”

Since its launch in 2001, the IFSD has been developed by a partnership of the public and private sectors led by Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow City Council. Over £1 billion has so far been invested to transform the previously run down area of the city centre. The District has attracted over 15,000 financial sector jobs from some of the biggest names in global finance including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays, BNP Paribas, HSBC, esure, Tesco Bank and Aon.

Shammyla Naeem with student Rui Luo with her IFSD certificate