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The Financial Times extends free access to FT journalism to school students around the world

22 January 2018: The Financial Times, in partnership with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a member of MUFG, will extend its free access to FT.com for all 16-19 year old school students globally from today. Individual schools can register at ft.com/intlschools

The project is designed to help supplement classroom study and better prepare students for university and work. In addition to being able to read award-winning journalism on FT.com, students will receive a weekly curated email with content that is relevant to their school curriculum.

Caspar de Bono, the FT’s B2B managing director, said: “We are thrilled to be in a position to offer free FT journalism to students around the world.  We hope to emulate the success of the UK schools initiative which has resulted in over 1,400 secondary schools and colleges and over 13,000 students gaining free access to FT content.”

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a member of MUFG, spokesperson Saiko Nanri said: "We believe it is incredibly important to equip the next generation of young people with the skills and knowledge required to gain and sustain employment, generate wealth, and create jobs. One of MUFG’s core principles aims to deliver targeted financial education to young people, and this initiative will enable us to reach a much wider group."

Rachel, a sixth form student from The Leys school in Cambridge, UK, said: "My generation is now facing a very challenging financial period...I think therefore it is essential for young people to have an excellent grasp of current affairs and economics, especially so that we can actively participate in shaping our own future. I believe that the Financial Times is a key stepping stone in this process."

Parents, teachers and students are encouraged to sign up at ft.com/intlschools

 

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Notes to editors

The schools access scheme has been running in the UK since June 2017, sponsored by Lloyds Bank. The global scheme, launched in January 2018 is sponsored by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a member of MUFG.

Testimonials

Quote from a teacher

“I use the FT a lot in my teaching - it's certainly one of my most valuable teaching resources. Our students having access to it themselves will make a huge difference to their learning.”

Quote from a school

“Our partnership with the Financial Times has enriched our students’ learning, and helped them connect the concepts learnt in the classroom to the wider world.” - Methodist Girls' School, Singapore

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About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of over 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

About Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a member of MUFG

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups, with total assets of approximately US$2.7 trillion as of 30 September 2017. Headquartered in Tokyo and with approximately 350 years of history, the Group has a global network with over 2,300 offices across more than 50 countries. It has about 150,000 employees and close to 300 entities, offering services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing.