For the first ten days of the Pacific Rim Bankers Program, you will study at the University of Washington, a world-class university in Seattle, Washington. Classes are taught by renowned faculty and industry leaders with real-life experiences. During the program you will build a framework of banking foundations from a top-level-down perspective that shows how each operation impacts the whole organization.
The framework is then brought to life by the sponsoring banks in the West Coast’s financial district headquarters in San Francisco, California. This unique experience helps you put your new knowledge into context. High-level speakers from various financial institutions give insight into current issues in their industry. You will also hear about the latest research on topics such as systems innovations as well as lessons learned from changes in supervision and regulation.
Seattle is a beautiful city, situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with a metropolitan area population of more than one million people. It has many places of interest, excellent restaurants and easily accessible public transportation.
The climate in August is moderate with temperatures in the 65-75 degrees F range (18-24 C) and low humidity.
The program is held on the campus of the University of Washington (UW), the state’s largest university having more than 40,000 students. It is situated just 10 minutes north of downtown Seattle. Its beautiful views of Lake Washington, architecture and landscaping have made UW a Seattle landmark in itself. The University of Washington website www.washington.edu offers a look at the campus.
Things to see and do in the city include visiting the Seattle Center, which houses the Space Needle built for the World's Fair in 1962, taking a trip to the Pike Place Market for some delicious pastries or to watch shopkeepers hurl fish from 10 feet away! There is also Pioneer Square where you see how Seattle got its beginnings. Take a walk on the waterfront bustling with shops, seafood bars and a world-class aquarium or shop upscale downtown, glittering with names such as Tiffany, Cartier and Coach. For details about tours visit www.cityofseattle.net/html/visitor/points.htm.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
The program in San Francisco will consist of two days of seminars and guest speakers from major, cutting-edge banks, including the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Plus free time to explore this exciting city by the Bay: Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park, the largest Chinatown on the US West Coast and some of the most exquisite restaurants. For more information visit http://www.welcometosf.com/plan_your_trip/vic.asp