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May 17, 2016

Financial Inclusion: Challenges and Opportunities—New Online Course

University of Salamanca

Posted by
 Dr. Fernando Rodriguez, Dr. Jose Ignacio Sanchez-Macías and Dra. Victoria Muriel-Patino [1]

The University of Salamanca, Spain, recently announced the launch of a new online course on Financial Inclusion: Challenges and Opportunities.

Descripción en español

Registration for the MOOC on "Financial Inclusion: Challenges and Opportunities" can be accessed through https://miriadax.net/web/inclusion-financiera-retos-y-posibilidades

For the first time a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) addresses financial inclusion as a key to development and economic growth, and reduction of poverty and social inequality. This is an important branch of economics, until now absent from university curricula. A cross-cutting theme that is already attracting the interest of hundreds of students and professionals involved in decision making through NGOs, schools and institutions.

Three Professors of Applied Economics at the University of Salamanca — Dr. Fernando Rodriguez Dr. Jose Ignacio Sanchez-Macías and Dr. Victoria Muriel-Patino — teach this course with emphasis on financial inclusion as an important macroeconomic viewpoint but also as a key element to avoid social exclusion.

Millions of people in the world do not have a checking account at a bank, cannot save, or get insurance and that leads to serious consequences. This exclusion results in the inability to access basic education or housing, or to implement projects or businesses, and makes populations more vulnerable to the unforeseen.

The University of Salamanca offers this five week course, which is scheduled to start on June 7 through the MiriadaX platform. The course is a free and open to all participants and does not require prior knowledge. The course is divided into 5 modules covering the importance of the financial sector and the costs of not being included; the contribution of microfinance to financial inclusion; education for financial inclusion; developing more inclusive financial business and institutions, and public policies for financial inclusion.

Interviews of the professors at this link: https://youtu.be/mrdbUpRHS0Y

[1] Professors of Applied Economics at the University of Salamanca

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Will the course be held in English language as I am interested to persue.

Shainul Bhanji,

Thank you for your comments on our recent blog post on the Financial Inclusion course. To our knowledge the course is only available in Spanish, but some resources are available in Portuguese. We are not aware of any options for English speakers – any questions regarding the course and language options should be directed towards the University of Salamanca, Spain.

You may be interested in similar online courses (available in English) we have posted before on the blog from SOAS (http://www.futurelearn.com/courses/public-financial-management) and the IMF’s courses on the edX platform (https://www.edx.org/school/imfx).

Thanks for reading!

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