Integrating Hands-On Investing Experiences into the Finance Program

The proposed trading room at the College of Business is designed as a teaching lab to provide students with hands-on learning on business, real-life trading experiences, and access to business data for research. A trading room bridges the often criticized gap between education and real hands-on business experience. It creates an authentic and high-tech atmosphere that students feel they are in a real business world. This helps to build excitement, capture attention, and harness momentum, which are all important aspects of the learning process. Integrating activities in the trading room into curriculum will create a better business program which will enhance job prospects for our graduates as well as entice more business school applicants. In addition, the trading room with eye-catching equipment can be a showplace for students, alumni and visitors, thus attracts prospective students, alumni donation and boost the image of college of business and the entire university.