Wharton Executive Education Selected to Offer the Alternative Investments Certificate Program

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Executive education program covers both qualitative and quantitative factors in investment decisions to help participants hone Â?economic intuition.Â?

Wharton Executive Education today announced that the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) has selected the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to offer its Alternative Investments Certificate Program in October 2005 and three times in 2006. The decision was made after the enthusiastic response of 45 participants – including independent investment consultants and employees of major brokerage houses such as Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley – to the inaugural running of the program.

Wharton Executive Education was chosen from among several potential partner institutions to design and deliver the program for IMCA. Participation in the Alternative Investments Certificate Program provides 40 hours of IMCA Continuing Education credit toward maintenance of both a CIMA and CIMC license. Participants also receive a certificate from the Wharton School and the program counts toward a Wharton Certificate of Professional Development.

The executive education program covers both qualitative and quantitative factors in investment decisions to help participants hone their “economic intuition.” On the quantitative side, Wharton faculty examined investment options such as hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, and real estate. On the qualitative side, faculty also explored organizational issues such as manager selection, regulation, and ethics.

“In addition to applying all sorts of new tools that helped them get behind the media reports and learn how to separate truth from fiction, participants learned to use their guts and not just their heads,” said Eric Weiner, a director of the Wharton Executive Education Financial Service Practice.

The Alternative Investments Certificate Program consists of 12 weeks of online pre-work, ranging from basics such as hedge-fund strategies to more advanced issues such as risk-monitoring, and culminating in a week-long intensive at the Wharton School.

The last assignment, an integrative case study, allows participants to try out their new fusion of theory and practical real-life considerations. “People came from a broad range of experiences and were differently prepared, but each one found something valuable,” said Christopher Geczy, assistant professor of finance at Wharton and academic director of the program.

About IMCA

IMCA is the principal professional association of the investment consulting industry, ensuring quality service to the public by developing and encouraging the highest of standards, broadening the public’s understanding of investment management consulting, and promoting professional education and practice standards for investment consultants. IMCA awards the prestigious Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation to qualified consultants worldwide.

About Wharton Executive Education

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized around the world for its academic strengths across every major discipline and at every level of business education. Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school in the nation, Wharton has approximately 4,600 undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and doctoral students, and an alumni network of more than 80,000 worldwide.

More than 8,000 business professionals participate in Wharton Executive Education programs annually. Wharton has offered executive education courses for more than 40 years and is committed to creating and refining programs that not only keep pace with the current business climate but anticipate and respond to emerging needs and challenges.

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