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From Students to Investors

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2016) -- A new academic partnership is offering students the skills and tools needed to dominate Wall Street.

Yesterday, UAlbany’s School of Business officially signed an agreement to join the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, a non-for-profit organization and leader in alternative investment education.

CAIA signing

Hany Shawky, Interim Dean, School of Business (left) and Nelson Lacey, Director of Exams at the CAIA Association (right) officially sign an academic partnership. (Photo by Mike Nolan)

Through the partnership, School of Business students and alumni will have access to the CAIA Association’s curriculum and events, and will be eligible to apply for scholarships to earn CAIA Charter designation.

Alternative investing is an investment in asset classes other than stocks, bonds and cash. It includes hedge funds, private equity, structured products, commodities and real assets. Earning the CAIA Charter designation is valued by top employers and recognized as the highest standard of achievement in alternative investment education.

“I am extremely happy and very proud of my finance faculty colleagues who have diligently and enthusiastically pursued our collaboration with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association,” said Hany Shawky, Interim Dean, School of Business. “This progressive academic partnership will distinguish our graduate finance program and present our students with exciting career opportunities in the growing field of alternative investments.”

UAlbany is CAIA’s 44th academic partner, joining other top-ranked business schools from the United States, Europe and Asia. Some notable partners include New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Singapore.

“Knowledge truly is power when it comes to navigating the fast-moving world of alternative investing. We look forward to working closely with the UAlbany School of Business team to help provide their students with the skills and tools they need to not just keep pace but to help set the tone for the next phase of the industry’s growth,” said Nelson Lacey, Director of Exams at the CAIA Association and Professor of Finance at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

Learn more about UAlbany’s academic offerings in finance. You can also view all of CAIA’s academic partners here.

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