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Program Design and Schedule

The Boulder MFT Program lasts for two full weeks and is divided into two 1-week sessions. Each day is divided into blocks as well as optional lunchtime and after class special topic sessions, as well as social and networking activities. The curriculum focuses on strategic views and emerging trends, with the goal of empowering participants to push the field further.

Participants have the opportunity to take up to 4 formal elective courses out of 28 elective courses offered, covering the fundamentals of best practice, and to interact with over 30 world-renowned faculty members. In addition, the program features an assortment of lunchtime networking meetings, round table discussions, panels, and presentations organized by faculty and fellow participants. The daily schedule is intense, stimulating, and designed to keep everyone lively and on their feet!

The 26th Annual Boulder MFT course schedule is available (click on image to the right)

The daily blocks are as follows:

1) The Boulder Master Class: New Financial Inclusion Paradigms
(8:30am-10:00am, followed by coffee break)

2) Morning Elective Course
(10:30am-1:00pm, followed by lunch)

3) Lunch and Lunchtime Special Topic Sessions

4) Afternoon Elective Course
(2:30pm-5:30pm, 30 min. coffee break at 4pm)

5) After Class Social, Cultural, and Sports Activities and Networking
(5:45pm and Beyond)

The 2nd Digital Transformation of Microfinance Institutions (DIGITAL) and  6th Annual Rural and Agricultural Finance Program (RAFP) are offered at the same time as the Boulder MFT program.  All three programs will share the morning Master Class, and the Boulder MFT Participants will have the opportunity to take one course from the DIGITAL or RAFP programs.  There are also several other opportunities for the program participants to interact in extracurricular sessions and activities. 

Course Formats

The Boulder Master Class: New Financial Inclusion Paradigms

(Mandatory Attendance): Robert Peck Christen, President of the Boulder Institute, will guide the session which is a mandatory activity for all participants of the MFT. Each morning, from 8:30 - 10:00am, Mr. Christen, together with over 12 leading experts in microfinance and financial inclusion, will present a holistic overview of a financial ecosystem that works for the poor. All program participants (MFT, DIGITAL, and RAFP) will attend this daily session.

Morning and Afternoon Elective Courses (Monday to Friday)

Participants take 4 electives during the two-week program: 1 one-week morning elective (10:30am-1:00pm) and 1 one-week afternoon elective (2:30-5:30pm) during the first week, and a different one-week morning elective and one-week afternoon elective in week two.  There are over 28 different elective courses to choose from. 

On the final Friday, there is a special class schedule due to the graduation ceremony. There will be no morning Master Class and both elective courses will be held in the morning before the graduation. Participants are free to depart in the late afternoon or evening.   Graduation will conclude no later than 2:30pm on the final Friday.

Optional Lunchtime and After Class Special Sessions

At lunchtime and after class, participants have the opportunity to participate in stimulating special topic presentations, networking meetings, and round tables delivered by faculty and participants. 

After Class Social, Cultural, and Sports Activities and Networking

There are a wide range of social, cultural, and athletic activities arranged during evenings and weekends.  The ITCILO campus has bicycles, a soccer field, volleyball nets, tennis courts, and a gym so we encourage you to bring your sports attire if these athletic activities interest you.  During the weekend, the ITCILO organized excursions that you can sign up for to Venice, Monte Carlo, Nice, Lake Maggiore, and other popular locations.  These activities range in price from 50-90 Euro. 

Boulder MFT Certificate of Completion

At the end of the program, participants will have completed 70 course hours, and receive a certificate recognizing completion of the Boulder MFT.

Boulder Institute of Microfinance

120 E Washington Street Suite 325
Syracuse, New York 13202, USA
+1 (315) 760-3091

Boulder Institute