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Asset Management Education - December 15, 2014

PhD in Finance welcomes new class

Members from the entering class of October 2014

Admissions to the PhD in Finance programme remained very competitive in the second and third quarters of 2014. The entering class of October 2014 comprises thirteen executive track participants from ten countries in Asia, Europe, and North-America. About half of these new entrants are based in Europe, one has recently accepted a posting to Africa, and the rest are equally distributed between North America and Asia.

The practitioners who join the executive track of the programme typically embark on the PhD in Finance to take a step towards senior positions in finance or, when they already hold such positions, to steer their organisations in new directions. As they go through the programme’s stimulating curriculum and work with leading specialists on research of particular relevance to their organisations, they learn to leverage their expertise and insights to make contributions at the frontiers of financial knowledge and practices.

Participants who joined the executive track of the programme in October 2014 have an average of 14 years of experience. The proportion of senior professionals in this entering class is at an all-time high since four participants are at the helm of their organisations and another four hold C-level positions or manage units. Three participants are portfolio managers or investment officers and the remaining two participants are in business and corporate development roles.

Over half of the new class (7) work for third-party asset managers or wealth managers and about a third are involved in corporate and investment banking (with three participants in capital markets and one in corporate finance). One new entrant co-chairs a financial supervisory authority and the remaining participant works for a large non-financial corporation.

These practitioners also have solid academic backgrounds. More than half of them (7) have studied economics at the undergraduate level (of which two were in programmes that also covered business administration or management) and about half of them (6) have first degrees in engineering (3), sciences (2, including a participant who also has a Bachelor of Economics), or mathematics (1). The remaining participant studied architecture.

Participants have Bachelor’s degrees from institutions such as City University London, the University of Copenhagen, ITESM, the University of Ljubljana, the National University of Singapore, the University of National and World Economy, and the University of Oxford.

All but one participant have completed postgraduate studies. About half (53%) of the graduate degrees held by new entrants are in business administration and management, with economics and finance areas accounting for the second largest amount (40% of degrees, two-thirds of which are in economics). Six participants hold graduate degrees in economics or finance and another two focused on finance within the context of their MBA. Almae matres at the graduate level include institutions such as Bocconi University, the University of Chicago, the University of Copenhagen, Dartmouth College (Tuck), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government), the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), INSEAD, the University of National and World Economy, the University of Navarra (IESE Business School), and the University of Oxford.

Over the course of their first year in the programme, these participants will take classes in the four required courses and participate in monthly research workshops. These are the first steps in a demanding learning process leading to the highest possible distinction for finance professionals.

Forthcoming programme presentations will be held in Tapei (16/17 December), Bangkok (18/19 December), Seoul (15/16 January), Tokyo (21 January), and London (24/25 March). Telephone interviews will be conducted from North America (5 January).

To register, or to learn more about the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance, please contact Brigitte Bogaerts or on +33 493 183 267 or +65 6653 8586.

The next deadlines for application are 17 December, 2014 and 31 March 2015 (October 2015 admissions).