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Vienna Graduate School of Finance receives FWF

The VGSF is an ex­em­plary ini­ti­at­ive at WU that was foun­ded in 2005 with the fin­an­cial sup­port of the FWF Aus­trian Science Fund and provides gradu­ates with the qual­i­fic­a­tions for an in­ter­na­tional aca­demic ca­reer. It is offered at WU in co­oper­a­tion with the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Stud­ies (IHS) and the Uni­versity of Vi­enna. Just this past March, in­ter­na­tional re­view­ers rated the PhD ini­ti­at­ive as ex­cel­lent (“It is among the best 5% in the field world­wide”). In Decem­ber of 2017, the VGSF was one of only seven pro­grams se­lec­ted to re­ceive fund­ing from the FWF pi­lot pro­gram doc.funds.

The Vi­enna Gradu­ate School of Fin­ance (VGSF) is a highly suc­cess­ful PhD pro­gram. Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2005, all ap­plic­a­tions for ex­ten­sion of its fund­ing have been ap­proved by FWF, up to the max­imum dur­a­tion of 12 years. To make sure that the am­bi­tious pro­gram, held in co­oper­a­tion with the Uni­versity of Vi­enna and re­search­ers from the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Stud­ies (IHS), can con­tinue after this period, the VGSF fac­ulty ap­plied for fund­ing from the FWF pi­lot pro­gram doc.funds. Ac­cord­ing to FWF, 45 ap­plic­a­tions were sub­mit­ted for this fund­ing pro­gram, but only seven doc­toral pro­grams were se­lec­ted. One of these is the VGSF, se­lec­ted to be a re­cip­i­ent of the highest level of fund­ing the FWF pro­gram of­fers. “We are de­lighted that the in­ter­na­tional ex­perts in­volved in the peer re­view pro­cess for this FWF pro­gram have ac­know­ledged the high qual­ity of the VGSF and re­com­men­ded that this ex­cel­lent pro­gram re­ceive fin­an­cial sup­port. VGSF’s re­search work in the field of fin­ance is in­ter­na­tion­ally very well-­known and re­spec­ted. Ini­ti­at­ives like this not only help in­crease WU’s brand re­cog­ni­tion, but also im­prove Vi­enna’s repu­ta­tion as a busi­ness loca­tion and in­crease the city’s in­ter­na­tional vis­ib­il­ity,” says WU Rector Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger.

Ex­cel­lent PhD pro­gram with out­stand­ing net­work­ing op­por­tun­it­ies

The VGSF pro­gram of­fers out­stand­ing stu­dents from around the world a well-­struc­tured PhD pro­gram. “We provide our doc­toral can­did­ates with a stim­u­lat­ing learn­ing and re­search en­vir­on­ment, lay­ing the found­a­tions for an in­ter­na­tional aca­demic ca­reer. One key re­search area fo­cuses on the fin­an­cial crisis and its mo­ment­ous con­sequences. In this area of study, the em­phasis is on how new mar­ket struc­tures and reg­u­lat­ory le­gis­la­tion could con­trib­ute to pro­mot­ing in­creased trans­par­ency and li­quid­ity in fin­an­cial mar­kets. In ad­di­tion to in­tens­ive su­per­vi­sion by the VGSF fac­ulty, stu­dents also be­ne­fit from our in­ter­na­tional net­work of top scient­ists in the field of fin­ance, who reg­u­larly visit the VGSF to present their re­search,” says WU Pro­fessor Al­ex­an­der Mürmann. As a res­ult, VGSF gradu­ates are highly suc­cess­ful in the in­ter­na­tional job mar­ket and are offered aca­demic pos­i­tions at top uni­versit­ies in Europe (e.g. Boc­coni, NHH Nor­we­gian School of Eco­nom­ics, Er­asmus Uni­versity Rot­ter­dam, Uni­versity of Aar­hus), the USA (Geor­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­no­logy, Carne­gie Mel­lon, MIT), Asia (Uni­versity of Hong Kong), and Aus­tralia (Uni­versity of New South Wales), or are em­ployed by in­ter­na­tional con­sultan­cies, who are in­creas­ingly hir­ing scient­ists.

More about the VGSF

FWF press re­lease about the re­cip­i­ents of doc.funds

Cor­ne­lia Moll
Press Re­la­tions Of­ficer
Tel: + 43-1-31336-4977
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