The Swiss Finance Academy and its Swiss Finance Institute Investment Banking Bootcamps Celebrate 4th Anniversary

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Swiss Finance Academy Celebrates 4th Anniversary. The Academy continues to attract talented students to its investment banking, trading, financial modeling and hedge fund training programs.

In the summer of 2004, the first Swiss Finance Academy training program for investment banking, capital markets and trading opened for aspiring students in Switzerland and England, to a long list of ambitious and talented applicants. Four years later, Swiss Finance continues to attract the best of the breed.

"We started a small class in 2004 and received several hundred applicants from around the world," said Sanjay Gupta, President of Swiss Finance Academy. "We thought that we should attract people from diverse academic and personal backgrounds irrespective of how much finance they might know. It can be as exciting to teach physics and history majors as finance MBAs, as long as the class is full of bright, committed and dedicated individuals. We had never run a school before, so it was probably our naïveté that helped us to be successful."

"We created an extensive, made-from-scratch curriculum with high quality faculty, modules and simulations that help students in the real world. And, our A+ faculty, coaches, staff, advisors and students taught us how to operate a great program," Gupta continued. "Our challenge for all of these years has been to manage to the power of the Swiss Finance Academy concept itself, and to not bring the concept down to a 'lowest common denominator' level or make it like a traditional university just for the sake of growth. We are entrepreneurial and our approach to education must be innovative. This educational philosophy has kept our brand and concept fresh, constantly improving and exciting for four years, and should continue to serve us well into the future. At the same time, our classes have attracted high caliber applicants and the Academy has grown several folds."

Swiss Finance Academy programs are now nationally and internationally recognized for their rigor, networking opportunities and placement success. Class size for the last program was 150 students. Applicants have to submit a comprehensive application, standardized test scores, transcripts, references and personal statements (essays) to be considered for admission to Swiss Finance Academy summer programs.

Initially, many skeptics did not believe the Swiss Finance Academy concept of an intensive summer boot camp was feasible, given its year long and very high degree of admissions, recruitment, programmatic, and other operational complexity that only large MBA programs seem to be able to handle. However, the Academy has thrived in the face of these challenges. Today, Swiss Finance has more than 400 successful alumni in all major global financial centers including New York, London and Hong Kong.

"We have demonstrated that Swiss Finance Academy is committed to excellence in all aspects of its programs and that's why our programs are so highly sought after by high performing students and professionals," commented Madej.

"On this special day for our Academy, we also want to express our sincere appreciation to our students, faculty, staff members, suppliers as partners in our growth," continued Madej. "We are convinced the next 4 years should be the best years ever for Swiss Finance Academy."

Swiss Finance Academy operates several highly competitive training programs under Swiss Finance Academy, Swiss Finance Institute, Entrepreneurial Investing Institute, Wall Street Finance Institute and other brand names, all of which offer the highest quality training programs in the field of financial modeling, M&A, investment banking, capital markets, proprietary trading, hedge funds, private equity, institutional sales and entrepreneurship. The courses cover applied technical concepts (such as valuation modeling) as well as important fundamentals taught by investment bankers, traders or entrepreneurs. The Academy has held programs across Switzerland (in Lugano, Verbier and Bluche-Crans-Montana), in the UK (London) and in the United States (Boston). Additionally, Swiss Finance Academy offers free networking and continuing education benefits to its alumni. The next Swiss Finance Academy alumni reunion is scheduled for late fall of 2008 in New York City.

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