The University of Sussex and American Express came together last month to celebrate five years of an extremely successful Masters programme sponsored by American Express.

Ninety students have passed through the University Development Centre (UDC) programme since September 2003, and around half of them have been taken on at the end of the course by American Express. Furthermore, some of the graduates of the UDC scheme have already progressed to management level within the company. American Express pays all tuition fees plus an annual salary of £18,621, not to mention a £1000 bonus. And that’s not all – at the end of the two years, the highest performing students have the opportunity to gain a full-time job with American Express, which includes possibility of postings to overseas operations in places such as New York or Sydney.

Professor Ben Du Boulay, Dean of Science and Technology, said: “It’s really heartening to listen to how students from our university have made such an impact on a company at all levels of the organisation. To hear that some of them are in international postings… is a real pleasure.”

Sussex graduate Lizzie Brown secured a full-time position as a Senior Business Analyst in Technologies at American Express whilst on the programme. Speaking at the celebration event, Lizzie said:

“I highly recommend the programme to anyone…some of the experiences I’ve had during my two years studying were truly life-changing…I’ve made friends for life and I’m on track for a great career.”

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