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Summer School in Finance

The Summer School in Finance will take place from August 19 until August 23, 2024 and is organized by the Engelbert Dockner Foundation in cooperation with WU.
A group of graduate students, with a strong background in financial economics will attend this intensive short program and work together on the topic of endowment management and long term investing.
Thanks to the generous funding from the Engelbert Dockner Foundation, there is no tuition fee.
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Group Picture Summer School 2023

The program was excellent. It gave me the opportunity to interact with students from all around Europe and collaborate with them, as well as some unique insights regarding endowment management. The university provided very high-quality teaching and the opportunity to learn and connect with professionals from both, the industry and academia. A great way to learn more about endowment management and network with new colleagues.

Federico Sciullo, participant in 2022

Academic Program

The academic program will be taught by instructor Alberto Rossi, Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. The program is about endowment management and long term investing and is designed for graduate students interested in the field. Good quantitative skills and/or practical experience would be helpful.

lecturesdaily 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. plus afternoon activities
credits5 ECTS
class size~ 20 students


  • Institutional backgrounds of endowment management

  • Static portfolio choice: mean-variance optimization, CAPM

  • Stock Returns Predictability

  • Factor investing: Asset pricing anomalies, multifactor models

  • Machine Learning and Asset Management

The Endowment Management and Long Term Investment School for me was a unique way to enhance my financial knowledge with quantitative skills, learn from a renowned professor in the field, and have an opportunity to meet and work alongside equally motivated financial economics students from top universities.

Ioana Ciceo, participant in 2022


Applicants should send their resume, a short statement of purpose along with a copy of their undergraduate certificate and their current enrollment. Selection will be based on academic qualification and class diversity. Applications are open between February 15 - March 31, 2024.


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