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Asset Management Education - September 22, 2011

Interest in the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance continues to grow

Some 16,000 people have expressed interest in the programme and 108 applications have been processed to date for the programmes starting in October in Europe and in February in Asia.

The entering class of October 2011 (European chapter) will start the programme on the EDHEC Risk Institute–Europe campus in London. During the first of the four residential weeks of the academic year, these new PhD in Finance participants will attend two of the required courses and participate in their first monthly research workshop.

Seventeen applicants were admitted to the Europe-based programme, fifteen to the executive track and two to the residential track. Fourteen of these confirmed that they would be joining the programme in 2011/2012.

The more experienced practitioners joining the executive track of the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance usually embark on the course to take a step towards senior positions in finance or, when they already hold such positions, to help them steer their organisations in new directions. During the programme, they work with leading specialists on research of particular relevance to their organisations.

The average (median) age of the twelve executive-track professionals matriculated is thirty-nine (forty) and they average thirteen years of experience. Three head companies as chief executives or presidents, one is a chief finance officer, two are senior managers, one is a trader, and another five work in investment analysis (two as quantitative research directors, two as quantitative analysts, and one as fixed income specialist).

Four continents and twelve nationalities (American, British, Canadian, Dutch, French, German, Israeli, Italian, Lebanon, Polish, South African, and Swiss) are represented amongst executive track participants. Six of these participants work in Europe, five in North America, and one in the Middle East.

Eight participants work in investment management including two for end investors, one works in wealth management, one works for a financial software company and two work in financial roles within non-financial corporations (in the oil and healthcare businesses respectively).

These practitioners have solid academic backgrounds. They completed first degrees in economics (4), mathematics or engineering (3), humanities (2), finance (1), and business (1) at institutions such as Bocconi University (Italy), Dartmouth College (USA), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Notre Dame (USA), University of Toronto (Canada), and Westpoint (USA). They hold graduate degrees in finance and financial engineering (7), business administration (6), mathematics and statistics (2), economics (2), and biology (1). These master’s degrees are from such institutions as Berkeley (USA), Boston College (USA), Cambridge (UK), EDHEC (France), ESSEC & Mannheim (France/Germany), and Harvard (USA). Their average and median GMAT score (total) is 680.

The two residential track participants come from India and Russia and have first degrees in engineering and graduate degrees in finance and engineering from Goethe University (Germany), the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), the University of Michigan (USA) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russia). They will be working part-time as research assistants within EDHEC-Risk Institute in Nice. Their average GRE (quantitative) score is 795.

  • Next information session:
    London, 19 October – Fleet Place, Ludgate – 6:30pm

  • Forthcoming information sessions:
    Amsterdam, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Zurich
To reserve your place or to learn more about the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance, please contact Ms Maud Gauchon at maud.gauchon@edhec-risk.com or on +33 493 183 26/+ 65 6438 9896.