Economics is defined as "the study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in human society" in the Economist's Dictionary of Economics. The objective is to explain how economies work and how economic agents interact. Simply put, economics is the study of how people choose to use resources including, but not limited to the time, the land, buildings, equipment and the knowledge. It has unique methods for analyzing and predicting individual behavior, along with the effects of institutions such as firms and governments, or clubs and religions.
Economics is divided into two main branches; microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics looks into the behavior of basic elements in the economy, including individual markets and agents (such as consumers and firms, buyers and sellers). For instance, how the change of the price of a good would influence a family's purchasing decisions would be of interest to microeconomics. Macroeconomics, on the other hand, examines the sum total of the decisions made by individuals in a society. Hence it looks into issues affecting an entire economy such as unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policy. As such, how a change in interest rates would influence national savings would be an issue of interest for macroeconomics.
The Brussels Summer School is centred on the theme of ‘Europe and the World’ which builds upon the academic strengths of the school. Within this context various sub-themes will be also covered, these include migration, the European Union’s (EU) relationship with emerging powers such as China, and the EU’s response to the global economic crisis.
The Global Oil and Gas: Strategy and Management course will analyse the global oil and gas industry focusing on Strategic, financial and business aspects. The course offers delegates an opportunity to explore appropriate management skills and knowledge to undertake leadership roles in the oil and gas industries. The course will explore the major structural changes that are ongoing in the market such as environmental issues, best practices of marketing right through to understanding key accounting and finance practices.
In our 3-9 month intensive course students will come to understand the money and foreign exchange market and the instruments used in these markets by banks and international companies. We will cover Basel III and its additional requirements, along with US commercial paper, Euro currency loans and deposits, before moving into topics dealing with financial risk management - just to name a few.
Our 12-15 week Money and Banking certificate looks to equip our students with the knowledge of how value is created through the banking systems, what technical and managerial skills are required to work within the banking industry, how the role of financial intermediaries creates value within the financial services industry, and how the behaviour of interest rates and their determinants vary in various banking activities.
In our intensive 3-9 month course you will be exposed to the instruments used for evaluating both investments and financial decisions while assessing their financial and strategic consequences both domestically and internationally. Our course will also delve into the considerations given to private equity investments and how they achieve their strategies through M&A.
In our Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance and Banking we begin by introducing the conventional banking system before moving into the key operations associated with Islamic banks and how they cooperate. Later in the course you will begin to learn what distinctions are present between Islamic and traditional banks; for example, banking operations under Sharia conditions, Mudaraba Sukuk, Ijara Sukuk, and Salam Sukuk.
During our 12 week course in Islamic banking operations you will learn how to identify and analyse trends in Islamic portfolio management, determine the key difference between Islamic banking operations, evaluate the economic benefits of investing in the Islamic world, while learning the scope and instruments used in Islamic financial markets.
Our 3-9 month diploma introduces you to the most commonly used models and securities valuations, along with their applications and shortcomings, as well as the techniques for derivative instruments for both risk and portfolio management tools. Furthermore, we believe that this London School of Business and Finance diploma will help you to design and develop financial models by drawing on both theoretical principles and real-world case studies found in this programme.
Whether you are interested in the impact of new business models or structures of lending, our 12 week course in International Retail Banking will help develop the skill sets needed to carry out and critically analyse the structures and strategies of the banking industry.
During our 3-9 month programme in Finance and Investment you will learn how to critically asses business and accounting data, as well as financial information to better understand how your organisation can make the best financial decisions possible. This will be obtained through current theory and common practice, by summarising key principles (standard and financial regulations), learning to evaluate the changes in our financial models, and determining the economic benefit of various types of financing.
This module introduces you to the characteristics of equity and fixed income investments. Our 12 week programme will cover the analytical issues in their valuation, the commonly used models of securities valuation and their applications and shortcomings. Applying well-established security analysis models and seeking to create value through this process is the main goal for the London School of Business and Finance certificate in Equity and Fixed Income Investments.
Through our 12 week Derivatives and Alternative Markets programme you will begin to learn about the inner-workings of this complex and highly profitable field of investment. Covering alternative investments like forwards and futures, swaps, commodities and metals and oil and gas, you will begin to understand how various investment strategies can enhance your organisation’s value.