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Program Design & Schedule


Program: The Boulder MFT program lasts for three full weeks and is divided into three 1- week sessions. Each day is divided into three blocks as well as optional lunchtime special topic sessions, and after class social and networking activities):

(To gain a better understanding of the 2017 Boulder MFT schedule of courses, click on the “course schedule grid” to the right)

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)

Participants have the opportunity to take up to 7 formal courses out of 38 courses offered, and to interact with over 50 world-renowned faculty members. This year, the program will offer a special Digital Financial Services Track with 6 specialized courses discussing different aspects of Digital Financial Services and alternative delivery channels. 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 Boulder MFT program in French is offered at the same time as the English program. Participants focus on some of the special challenges faced in Francophone countries. There are several opportunities for the English and French speakers to interact and share experiences. The two programs share the core course, several elective courses, and 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 20 leading experts in microfinance and financial inclusion, will present a holistic overview of a financial ecosystem that works for the poor. All program participants (English and French programs) will attend this daily session.

Morning and Afternoon Elective Courses (Monday to Friday)

Participants take 6 electives during the three week program: 3 one-week Morning Electives (10:30am-1:00pm) and 3 one-week Afternoon Electives (2:30-5:30pm). There are two coffee breaks held during the day: 10am (after the morning symposium and before the morning elective), and at 4:00pm (in the middle of the afternoon elective).

There are several different courses to choose from. Participants who are fluent in French also have the opportunity to take courses offered in the French program.

Note: On the final Friday, there is a special class schedule due to the graduation ceremony. There will be no Morning Seminar and both elective courses will be held in the morning.

Optional Lunchtime Special Sessions:

At lunchtime, 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 105 course hours, and receive a certificate recognizing completion of the 2017 Boulder MFT.

Program Concentrations
Management, Policy, Development, and Digital Financial Services

There are four concentrations offered within the program (Management, Policy, Development, and, for the first time, Digital Financial Services) to tailor the program to the diverse interests and needs of our participants. Participants are required to take at least 4 of the concentration courses (50 course hours). At the end of the program participants receive a Boulder MFT Certificate of Completion specifying that they have also completed the Concentration.

For more information about the concentrations, click here.

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