Higher education institutions


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University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna (Fachhochschule des bfi Wien)

The University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna coordinates this Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project. It was founded in 1996 and is an Austrian non-profit higher education institution that offers study programmes in economics and business with a strong European focus. The university currently enrols 1,900 students in seven bachelor and six master programmes and offers academically well-founded professional education. Practice-orientation is also shown in the focus on applied research commissioned by, or in cooperation with business enterprises. The university’s defined research  fields include financial market regulation and risk management, European integration  as well as regional development.

Contact person: Prof. (FH) Mag.a Silvia Helmreich; silvia.helmreich@fh-vie.ac.at

Involved study programme (MA): Quantitative Asset and Risk Management (ARIMA)


Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

The University of Bologna is the oldest University in the world as the studium of Bologna was founded in 1088. Recently it has been at the center of important events reaffirming the role of universities in contemporary society: the signing of the Magna Charta Universitatum Europaeum in 1988 and the Declaration of Bologna in 1999, when the Ministers of Higher Education from 29 EU Countries gave birth to a process of integration among the different European higher education systems – the Bologna Process.

Some quantitative data (updated: end 2013) show evidence of the importance of this institution among the universities: 86.014 enrolled students, five Campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini) in Italy and one abroad (Centro di Studi Avanzati di Buenos Aires), around 11000 research outputs, 200 patents, over 330 funded research projects, 33 Departments and 11 Schools coordinating teaching activity, 209 1st and 2nd level program of studies, 51 PhD programs, 5942 workers (teaching and administrative staff), 170 agreements with foreign institutions, 2280 incoming international students and 2033 outgoing students.

Contact person: Prof Rossella Agliardi; rossella.agliardi@unibo.it

Involved study programme (Laurea Magistrale): Quantitative Finance (QF)


University of Economics in Katowice

The University of Economics in Katowice is the biggest and oldest business school in the region, one of the top universities in Poland. Each year over 13,000 Polish and international students follow the degree programmes at the bachelor, master, doctoral and post-graduate levels at four faculties: Economics, Finance and Insurance, Informatics and Communication, and Management. The university cooperates successfully with higher education institutions, enterprises and local authorities, operating in European Union, Central and Eastern Europe and non-European countries. It belongs to many international networks such as EAIE, EUA, NAFSA, ACRU, NICE, Prime Networking and DUKENET. The University of Economics in Katowice has undertaken many initiatives concerning international development, creating common cooperation areas for education and research through coordination or acting as a partner in a number of European projects within LLP, Erasmus+, 7th Framework, CEEPUS, STF, and other programs. The university signed over 200 Bilateral Agreements for student mobility and teacher exchange and cooperates with over 300 European enterprises.

Contact person: Dr hab. Ewa Dziwok; ewa.dziwok@ue.katowice.pl

Involved study programme (MSc): Quantitative Asset and Risk Management (ARIMA)


Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi

The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi is the oldest higher education institution in Romania. Since 1860, the university has been carrying on a tradition of excellence and innovation in the fields of education and research. With over 24.000 students and 800 academic staff, the university enjoys high prestige at national and international level and cooperates with 286 universities world-wide. As the first student-centered university in Romania it values the power of individual choice and customized education. In 2008, for the third year in a row, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University was placed first in the national research ranking compiled on the basis of Shanghai criteria. Teachers are involved in over 400 national and international research projects, with the logistic support of 24 research centres. Striving for excellence, the university takes unique initiatives to stimulate research quality, to encourage dynamic and creative education and to involve its best students in academic life.

Contact person: DPhil Silviu Ursu; silviu.ursu@uaic.ro

Involved study programme (MA): Finance and Risk Management (FRM)