Financial Times becomes free for students
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In a bid to prepare students for after high school, the Financial Times newspaper has announced it will provide free access to students and their teachers around the world.

Launched this month in partnership with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, the program offers access to free of charge to students aged 16 to 19, in order to help them “be informed and confident on issues beyond the basic requirements of the curriculum.”

“We are thrilled to be in a position to offer free FT journalism to students around the world,” said Caspar de Bono, FT’s B2B managing director.

“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.”

FT says it will prepare students better for university and the workplace. Interest in the international programme can be registered here.

In addition, students will receive a “weekly curated email” with content directly relevant to their curriculum.

“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,” said Methodist Girls’ School in Singapore.

“My generation is now facing a very challenging financial period,” said Rachel, a sixth form student from The Leys school in Cambridge, UK. “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.”

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