Unigestion, an independent, specialist asset manager, has extended its support for academic research in the financial sector by creating the Women in Finance scholarship with the Swiss Finance Institute at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
The scholarship will be an annual award to a female masters student studying financial engineering at the Swiss Finance Institute at EPFL who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance during her bachelor studies. As part of the award, Unigestion may support their career development further by providing the opportunity to complete their master thesis in industry at the company and by offering mentoring.
Research is embedded in Unigestion’s investment DNA, and collaboration with leading universities in Continental Europe and the UK on research projects has been at the heart of the Company’s development of innovative new investment approaches. This new scholarship builds on these existing initiatives, which includes support for finance research seminars organised by the EPFL and the University of Lausanne.
Fiona Frick, Chief Executive Officer at Unigestion, says: “Academic research drives investment innovation and as a research-led company, Unigestion is keen to bringing greater diversity to the field of financial engineering by supporting talented women in their studies. We are delighted to extend our relationship with the EPFL, one of the top technology and engineering schools in Europe, by providing this scholarship to a talented female student.”
Professor Rüediger Fahlenbrach, Director of the Master of Financial Engineering Program at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, says: “Unigestion’s strong commitment to academic research has already benefited our group through its support for our research seminars and the work opportunities offered to some of our students. We are excited by the opportunity this latest collaboration will bring as we seek to teach and develop a greater proportion of female students in the field of financial engineering.”