Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business Partners With Chartered Alternative Investment Association (CAIA) To Certify Alternative Investment Curriculum

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Agreement Part of Nationwide Effort to Expand Alternative Investing Programming

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Fordham University announced today it has signed an agreement with global alternative investment leader CAIA, a move that will certify Fordham University’s secondary concentration in the alternative investing designation. This agreement means Gabelli School of Business students taking the secondary concentration in alternative investing and their professors will now be able to prepare and sit for the CAIA exam part one, as a first step toward their completion of a CAIA certification in the specialized field of alternative investments.

The agreement was signed by Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., Dean of the Gabelli School of Business and the Business Faculty, and Keith Black, Director of Curriculum at CAIA.

“This partnership and certification, in combination with our coursework, secondary concentration and employer outreach will position our students to be valuable members of the alternative investment community upon graduation,” said Kevin Mirabile, CPA, DPS, clinical assistant professor of finance and business economics and program director of the alternative investment secondary concentration at Fordham University.

“CAIA helps financial professionals get smart and stay smart through alternative investment education that is relevant, global and exceptional,” said William Kelly, CEO of the CAIA Association. “We are delighted to have Fordham as an academic partner and look forward to seeing many students pursue the program.”

On March 10th, Hossein Kazemi, Ph.D., professor of finance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and former managing director of curriculum and examination at CAIA, will attend a meeting of the Fordham University Alternative Investing Club where he will outline the benefits associated with the CAIA partnership as well as opportunities for scholarship and participation in the CAIA designation and examinations for students and faculty.

Fordham’s alternative investments secondary concentration was created in Spring 2013, which was designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base in private equity, venture capital, hedge fund investing and real estate management. New York City has the largest concentration of alternative investment managers in the world with employers increasingly turning to the undergraduate market to grow their businesses over the long haul.

The CAIA Charter program is a rigorous, self-directed education program for finance professionals seeking to gain deep knowledge and expertise in alternative investing. The CAIA designation, which is granted upon successful completion of the program, is valued by top employers and recognized globally as the highest standard of achievement in alternative investment education.

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About Fordham University
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

About CAIA Association                                                
The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association is an independent, not-for-profit global organization committed to education and professionalism in the field of alternative investments. Founded in 2002, the CAIA Association is the sponsoring body for the CAIA Charter. Recognized globally, the Charter certifies one's mastery of the concepts, tools and practices essential for understanding alternative investments and promotes adherence to high standards of professional conduct.

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