A word by Laurent Deville, new Director of the Financial Economics Track

We launch this alumni newsletter to create stronger links with and amongst our Financial Economics graduates. This is an exciting time to take on the challenge as Director of the Financial Economics track. I agreed without hesitation when EDHEC Business School asked me (even though I have to admit that I slept better as a professor).

Over my 10 years of involvement at EDHEC we have witnessed significant changes in the financial industry. To cite a few, the impact of the financial crisis, the increased importance of technology and automation, the rise of passive investment, interest rates crossing the zero boundary, the evolution of regulatory regimes and heightened emphasis on the social impact of the financial industry. Our programmes have continuously evolved to stay ahead of these trends. As a director, I will pursue this direction with the help of our strengthened finance faculty, corporate partners, alumni and international advisory board.

As a professor, I have always taken great pleasure in working with the high-caliber EDHEC Business School students. Most of you already know how much I care about the learning experience we provide our students and I will endeavor to infuse our programmes with engaging pedagogical innovations to ensure we continue delivering the highest quality education[DL1] . One such innovation is a new partnership with the Center for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship to jointly deliver a course in Fintech to our Financial Economics students.

The successful careers of our graduates is definitely the driving force of the entire FE team, and we are proud of the value EDHEC alumni bring to the financial industry. EDHEC has been solidly on the podium of the Financial Times Master in Finance Rankings for the last several years and we thank our alumni for their contributions to this recognition through their career success. I look forward to hearing about your career developments and welcome any suggestions you may have to help your programme reach ever higher levels of excellence.

I wish you all a happy holiday season.

Laurent DEVILLE

 

In future editions, we will be delighted to include alumni spotlights and keep you abreast of the latest programme progress.

I have been professor at EDHEC for 10 years, and always involved in the FE programs at multiple levels: teaching multiple courses in M1 and MSc, member of the International Admission Committee, developing topics for Applied Master Projects, supervising SRT students (among whom a group who won the Best research Thesis prize).

As in my courses that evolve from one year to the next, we know that there is a need for continuous improvement of our offer, in terms of contents but also in terms of pedagogy. Some things (very few) don’t change but on others, we have to be on the edge. You know, finance is not revolutionized every year, but over the last years, we witnessed some that cannot be overlooked (). Our programmes have regularly evolved to account for these changes.

 

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