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UC Investments Academy Brings Exciting Opportunities to Managerial Economics Students

Nov. 14, 2023

Have you ever thought that a career in investing might be for you? If so, then now is your chance to take advantage of an exciting new initiative open to all University of California students: the UC Investments Academy.

The academy – which is free of charge to students – educates, motivates, and professionally trains UC students for careers in investing and finance. The brainchild of UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher, the academy launched in 2022 with 100 students at UC Merced and has since expanded to include some 1,000 students throughout the UC system, including more than 300 at UC Davis. The goal is to reach 10,000 students, from diverse backgrounds and with diverse academic interests, within five years.

Together with the UC Davis Finance and Investment Club, the UC Investments Academy recently hosted a conversation with the founder of the national investment bank and financial services firm, Penserra. UC alumnus and Penserra founder George Madrigal and UC Davis alumni and company director Anand Desai spoke to more than 50 students at UC Davis and many more virtually at other UC campuses about the high-stakes world of capital markets, institutional investing, and trading. After the event, students had a chance to network and ask more questions.

ARE Professor Jens Hilscher, one of the faculty members coordinating outreach for the Investments Academy to UC Davis students, says of the program, “This is an amazing opportunity for Davis students. Many have told me how they have benefited tremendously from it, gained access to internship opportunities and learned from live speaker events, in addition to all of the learning opportunities that are the core of the program. We are looking forward to continued opportunities for our students stemming from this fantastic program!”

Please apply to join the UC Investments Academy below or reach out to craig.huie@ucop.edu with questions.



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