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The project “Creating an International Semester for Master Programmes in Quantitative Finance” (INTQUANT) establishes a strategic partnership in finance and risk management between higher education institutions throughout Europe. Through this network INTQUANT aims to enhance the quality and attractiveness of international student mobility in the master programmes in quantitative finance of the involved higher education institutions.

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Project title:

Creating an International Semester for Master Programmes in Quantitative Finance (INTQUANT)

Project partners:

  • University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna (coordinating institution)
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Economics in Katowice
  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi

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Project summary:

The project “Creating an International Semester for Master Programmes in Quantitative Finance” (INTQUANT) establishes a strategic partnership in finance and risk management between four higher education institutions throughout Europe.

In a nutshell this partnership aims to enhance the quality and attractiveness of international student mobility in the master programmes in quantitative finance at the participating universities. High quality mobility is one of the core goals of the Bologna Process and provides substantial added value: it enhances competences, knowledge and skills; fosters internationalisation of higher education and promotes employability through international experience of graduates. However, study programmes in quantitative finance face particular challenges when trying to internationalise. While many higher education institutions run broad programmes in business administration, the number of programmes with a focus on finance and risk management is small. As a result it is often difficult to find appropriate partners for quality student exchange, which contrasts with a high demand for international mobility options among students. In addition students show great interest to specialise in a specific subject area towards the end of their studies.

Against this background the universities of the INTQUANT network aim to:

  • enhance the quality of student mobility through clearly structured mobility paths and specialisation options, which are embedded directly in the curricula at all institutions
  • make mobility accessible to participants with fewer opportunities (e.g. career parallel students) through newly developed short-term mobility options
  • address the increasing demand of students to further specialise towards the end of their studies through four attractive specialisation options
  • foster the labour market relevance of the involved study programmes and to enhance ties with the world of work through direct involvement of the financial industry
  • develop, test and implement a new practice oriented course concept (including company case studies)
  • reduce barriers for mobility through efficient recognition of qualifications and credits gained abroad

Project duration:

1 September 2014 – 31 August 2017

Co-funded by:

Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (Strategic Partnerships)

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Project number:

2014-1-AT01-KA203-001029

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