Two undergraduate students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School were admitted to the second annual Advanced Investment Management (AIM) course from 19-31 May 2019 at Wilkes University. Organised by the Chicago Qualification Alliance (CQA) Institute, the course invited experienced investment professionals to educate 27 students from top universities worldwide.
Undergraduate students Cici Chen (Quantitate Finance and Risk Management, Year 4) and Zoe Zhang (Professional Accountancy, Year 4) had a wonderful study journey in the United States this summer. They were selected to join the AIM course intended for highly motivated students interested in a career in investment management. It included a lecture series on key investment topics, “boot-camp” style training on critical technical skills, and a capstone project.
This two-week quantitative course elicited Zhang’s interest in the investment industry. The advanced programme provided a platform where she could directly communicate with experienced Wall Street professionals, enjoying the real charm in quantitative finance. Zhang said, “The lecturers shared with us different opinions about financial market and experiences beyond the theories taught in school. I gained better understanding about the industry and had clearer direction of my future study and career path. The lectures really helped me approach the mysterious and attractive field of quantitative finance.”
On the other hand, the activities, consisting of Specials (specially arranged activities) and Excursions, let Zhang relax and build her networks. She recalled, “What I have learned from those professionals and outstanding classmates is my lifelong treasure, encouraging me to improve myself continuously.”
Chen also shared, “The programme was definitely an unforgettable experience. We had 8 hours of lecture per day on average, all taught by Wall Street professionals. There was also a competition, like a group project, which I think is of great value for pursuing a career in the investment management industry. In addition, we played Texas Holdem, had a one-day trip to the New York Financial District and enjoyed a countryside BBQ together. We worked hard and played hard. It is a valuable life experience which I highly treasure!”
Mr. Dan Cardell, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CQA and of the Board of Trustees at Wilkes University, commented, “The CUHK students were great! They represented the school well. I’m pretty sure they enjoyed it and learned a lot and made some new friends. I’m hoping they will promote the programme to their fellow students for next year.”
“This training inspired our students to pursuit career in asset management and quantitative finance industry”, said Prof. Jay Cao, Associate Professor at Department of Finance of CUHK Business School and member of CQAsia Board of Directors. “It is also a great opportunity to enhance the global competency of our students.”