NUS Business School, CAIA Association to help students gain expertise in alternatives

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Amherst, Mass. — The Centre for Asset Management Research and Investments (CAMRI) of National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School will be partnering with United States-based Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association to give students greater exposure to alternative investments.

Under the partnership, the school’s students will have access to the CAIA Association’s courses and events beginning September 2012, from which they will be able to gain investment knowledge on asset classes such as commodities, hedge funds, and private equity. Those who successfully complete two levels of examinations and fulfill the association’s requirements will be awarded the CAIA Charter, the global benchmark for alternative investment education.

“Asian investors, particularly institutions, are increasingly making allocations to alternative investments. This implies an increasing body of knowledge, research and education should be devoted to the various asset classes within alternative investments. The CAMRI-CAIA partnership will pave the way for collaboration in such endeavors through joint lectures, scholarships, and roundtables. The CAIA Charter, ultimately, will cement our students’ expertise, credentials and certification in this burgeoning asset class”, said Professor Joseph Cherian, Director of CAMRI.

Added Florence Lombard, CEO of the CAIA Association: "The CAIA Association shares NUS Business School’s commitment to the highest standards in education. Through this partnership, NUS Business School students will be able to gain in-depth knowledge of alternative investments, giving them a competitive advantage in this growing sector upon graduating."

The collaboration will also give NUS Business School access to the CAIA Association’s network of partnerships with other educational and professional development organizations, allowing the school to keep up to date with the latest developments in alternative investments.

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About National University of Singapore (NUS)
A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.

NUS has 16 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 36,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.

NUS has three Research Centers of Excellence (RCE) and 22 university-level research institutes and centers. It is also a partner in Singapore’s 5th RCE. NUS shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centers. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.

For more information, please visit www.nus.edu.sg.

About NUS Business School
National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School is known for providing management thought leadership from an Asian perspective, enabling its students and corporate partners to leverage global knowledge and Asian insights.

The school has consistently received top rankings in the Asia-Pacific region by independent publications and agencies, such as The Financial Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, and QS Top MBA, in recognition of the quality of its programs, faculty research and graduates. In the Financial Times Global Rankings, the NUS MBA was ranked 23rd in 2012, while the Asia-Pacific Executive MBA and the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA were ranked 19th and 9th respectively in 2011.

In the biannual 2011 Forbes rankings for two-year MBA programs, NUS Business School was ranked the top school in Singapore and Asia, and fourth among business schools outside the United States - the first time a Singapore business school has made the list. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked the school first in Asia and 8th in the world for accounting and finance.

The school is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and is a member of the GMAC Council, Executive MBA Council, Partnership in Management (PIM) and CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) – endorsements and affiliation with organizations of high repute in the education circle that the school has met the highest standards for business education.

About Center for Asset Management Research & Investments, NUS Business School The Center for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) in the NUS Business School has the goal of improving applied research and pedagogy in investment management so as to better prepare our students for the professional Asian asset management arena. In addition, CAMRI hosts a variety of applied research conferences and forums, distinguished speaker series, global student competitions, and student consulting practicum projects with local and regional investment firms, which benefit our stakeholders from the direct interaction and integration of applied theory and practice in an accessible forum. CAMRI achieves all this with an academic foundation that consists of applied research and education in asset pricing theories, portfolio management, regulation, information technology and systems. Furthermore, hands-on, team-based and experiential learning in investment management are conducted in the CAMRI Lab so as to develop an excellent standard of skills, knowledge, and best practice in asset management through the study of quantitative, behavioral and fundamental analysis, in addition to risk management procedures, while embedding in our students a strong sense of integrity, ethical awareness and fiduciary responsibility. Given the robust growth and importance of asset and wealth management in Asia, CAMRI is uniquely and strongly positioned to bridge the gap between academic theory and applied practice.

For more information, please visit bschool.nus.edu.

About the CAIA Association
The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association® is the global benchmark for alternative investment education. It grants the CAIA Charter upon successful completion of two levels of qualifying exams combined with relevant professional experience; sponsors research and publications; connects alternative investments experts around the world; and advocates for the highest standards in professional conduct. The CAIA Association has more than 5,700 members in 80 countries and 15 affiliated chapters. More information can be found at CAIA.org.