Swiss banking and finance education under one roof

Five months ago the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) was created to consolidate the different existing education programs for banking and finance in Switzerland. The SFI is a private foundation created by the local banking and finance community together with several Swiss universities. The institute aims to advance research activity in finance and to support doctoral research and executive education in the banking and finance industry as well as organising interfacing activities between research and the industry.

The Swiss Finance Institute incorporates the International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering (Fame) and the Swiss Banking School. The Institute is supported by the Swiss banks, the Swiss stock exchange SWX, the universities and the Swiss federal government, which are all represented on the Foundation Board.

After a necessary time for preparation the SFI has now announced its ambitious goals. In fact, the SFI aims to achieve top-3 status in Europe and top-10 in the world with regards to research, executive training and PhD programs. For the research department the SFI has signed cooperation agreements with the universities of Geneva, Lausanne and Lugano. The University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) are expected to join this July. The SFI will co-finance professorships at these universities, organize PhD programs and support research projects. A total of 30 professorships should be created in the next 5 years in the partner universities.

Source: Finanz&Wirtschaft


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