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Academic partnership grows between Deutsche Bank and University of Denver

March 14, 2011 │ Tbilisi, Georgia

Deutsche Bank has collaborated with the University of Denver to help teach a business school course on microfinance.

In a unique partnership, Deutsche Bank has collaborated with the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver to create a MBA-level course on microfinance and entrepreneurship. Members of the Bank’s microfinance team help teach the course, particularly aspects of the curriculum covering due diligence and other important analysis of microfinance institutions (MFIs). This culminates in an onsite visit to assist in conducting due diligence on either a current or potential Deutsche Bank client. On March 14th, ten students currently enrolled in this class traveled to Georgia, where they visited two MFIs, one a former client of Deutsche Bank and the other a potential candidate to receive a loan from the DBMDF fund. In addition to visiting the embassy and touring the capital, Tbilisi, the students spent several days visiting the MFIs, meeting with senior and branch management teams, and conducting analysis of their financials and operations.

The course first came together about three years ago. Managing Director Asad Mahmood gave a guest lecture to a group from the Daniels College of Business. Impressed by the quality of the questions posed by the students, Mr. Mahmood welcomed the opportunity to make the school a long-term academic partner. Last year, Forbes Magazine recognized this course as one of the “top 10 most innovative business school classes.” “By taking a group of students with an interest in international business and putting them in a program with a strong focus on social responsibility, there is an opportunity to do some real good,” said Maclyn Clouse, the professor of the course and one of two faculty members who accompanied the students on the due diligence trip.

 

Students from the University of Denver visit Tbilisi, Georgia, to perform due diligence on microfinance institutions. enlarge

Students from the University of Denver visit Tbilisi, Georgia, to perform due diligence on microfinance institutions.

Students from the University of Denver visit Tbilisi, Georgia, to perform due diligence on microfinance institutions.


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