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November 2020

On Friday, November 6th, the 23rd annual Wima-Congress, a job fair organized by students of our faculty, took place. For the first time since its beginnings, the congress was held entirely online. Among the many firms that participated in the event were global players such as Allianz, AXA or PWC. On the day of the event, students had the chance to get in touch with company representatives, conduct job interviews or listen to interesting talks from the fields of finance, insurance, data analytics and more.

July 2020

The first ever online semester at Ulm University is on its way. With no possibilities for on-site lectures, digital learning alternatives had to be established. Based on an already existing digital foundation, an integrated environment for online classrooms, tutorials, student assignments, virtual presentations and more was set up to help students accomplish their learning goals from their homes.     

We at the University continue to believe that a vibrant campus life and classroom teaching are two of the most important components for a student’s experience and learning outcome. We therefore hope to welcome students back to the University sooner rather than later, and we are delighted that at least part of the Curriculum will most likely resume with classroom activities next semester. However, the newly available technologies will help the University to stay ahead in the digital age and give students all tools in their hands to accomplish their degree and start a successful career afterwards.         

Online teaching during the summer semester 2020.

June 2020

Ulm University achieves an excellent 2nd place in a worldwide university ranking (Non-Business schools) on Actuarial Science published by the University of Nebraska. The ranking is based on research contribution over the past 5 years from the Top Five Leading Actuarial and Risk Management & Insurance Journals. This result shows that Ulm University is at the forefront of research in Actuarial Science.  Here are a few words from the Head of the Institute Prof. Chen about the Institute of Actuarial Science:

"University of Ulm is one of the leading institutions for actuarial education in Germany and worldwide. The university has strong links with the insurance industry in both research and teaching. The Institute of Insurance Science is extremely active both in research and education in actuarial science. Besides the numerous reseach outputs, the institute has provided many services to the actuarial society. For instance, I serve as a co-editor of Astin Bulletin -- the Journal of the International Actuarial Association and a board member of the German Society for Insurance and Financial Mathematics (DGVFM). The main research focuses of the institute are, among others, on life and pension insurance, asset and liability management, risk management and data analytics in insurance. The detailed research interests of our team can be found at https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/mawi/institute-of-insurance-science/research/research/.

Prof. Chen during her keynote speech at the first Actuarial Science Conference of the CSIAM.

February 2020

On Friday, 14th February, Frank Bosserhoff and Mazen Ali, two former Master in Finance students, were awarded their doctoral degree from Ulm University. In his dissertation, Frank Bosserhoff worked on optimization in stochastic financial markets with underlying jump processes. Mazen Ali dedicated his research to the topic of tensor approximation and adaptivity within model order reduction. Here is what they want to share about their experiences in the Master in Finance program:

“After completing the MSc Finance program, I conducted a PhD, doing research at the intersection of Mathematical Finance and Insurance Mathematics. The variety of classes offered during the Master’s program prepared me very well for my research. On the one hand, the courses in Financial Mathematics and Stochastics provide a deep understanding of methods used for modelling financial markets. In addition, in the class Numerical Finance we learned how to implement many of these models, a side effect being the ability to quickly write Code in C++ afterwards. On the other hand, classes in economics foster students’ understanding and interpretation of the output of mathematical models. Depending on the personal preference, the MSc Finance program is in my opinion a perfect preparation for any kind of research in the areas of Mathematical Finance, Stochastics, Actuarial Science as well as Financial Economics.”

Frank Bosserhoff

"The Master of Finance program offers classes that are well suited to prepare students for a career in the financial sector, as well as classes that are more research oriented. Due to the various seminars I took during my studies, several group projects and the master‘s thesis, I was well prepared for my Ph.D..

Mazen Ali

Frank Bosserhoff (left) and Mazen Ali (right) at their doctoral graduation ceremony.

January 2020

The second year Master's students went to the Austrian mountains for the Risk Management Roundup Seminar. The students gave presentations on current topics such as climate risk, operational risk of blockchains and systemic risk.

On Friday evening, the participants went on a torch hike to a cozy restaurant: Time to relax and to enjoy winter but also to continue the discussions.

Master in Finance students and Prof. Löffler in front of the Eberlehof.

December 2019

This year the annual MSc Finance Potluck Dinner took place on December, 4th. As in previous years, the event was very well received by the Finance students. Around 40 people enjoyed the evening at Villa Eberhardt in a pleasant atmosphere right before christmas.

November 2019

On Saturday, 16.11.19, the WiMa-Kongress, which is an annual event which combines talks, a large job fair with companies related to mathematics and economics and an alumni meeting, took place at Ulm University.

At this occasion, Joachim Plath and Daria Urman, two former students of the university, gave practical insights into their working life. Joachim Plath, a graduate in Economics and Business Administration, now working at Finreon AG, held his presentation about Quantitative Asset Management from a practitioner’s view. Daria Urman, a Master in Finance graduate, gave a very interesting talk titled "Rethinking Ownership of Companies: Steward Ownership for a Better Economy". We thank both speakers for their time and their valuable insights.

October 2019

The new MSc Finance students went on a get-together excursion to Blaubeuren. The program included a walk along the river Blau, the visit of the Blautopf and the Blaubeuren monastery, and a cozy dinner in Ulm.
Just like last year, October presented itself in its best light: Warm and sunny weather meant everyone was having a great time.

June 2019

At the end of June,  Ulm University hosted the 5th Ulm-Fudan Symposium in Finance and Insurance. As in previous years, it was a great pleasure for us to welcome our guests from Fudan University. Fudan University, based in Shanghai, is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China. Five years ago, the two universities have established a successful cooperation. An important element of the cooperation is the double degree program, which enables students to obtain a degree from Fudan as well as the MSc Finance degree from Ulm University. The presenters at the symposium did not only include professors and PhD students but also a current student of the double degree program, who presented the research she has conducted as part of her master's thesis. 

Professors and (PhD) students from Fudan and Ulm University in front of Villa Eberhardt.

May 2019

On Saturday, 11th May, Ulm University hosted the annual graduation ceremony for graduates from the fields of mathematics, economics and finance. On this occasion Sirui Zhou was honored with the prize for the best finance graduate, sponsored by Sparkasse Ulm, the leading regional bank in Ulm. This is what the award winner wrote to us about his studies in Ulm:

"Studying at Ulm University has always been one of the best experiences to me. In my view, this is a great place where excellent faculty and brilliant students meet. And I am very thankful that I have been able to build up my knowledge and skills in a practical way via the MSc Finance program. Moreover, it has also been a great pleasure for me to make so many good friends throughout my study here. I miss them so much and I hope one day we could reunite in all parts of the world!"

The picture shows Sirui Zhou, who received the Sparkassenpreis for the best Master in Finance graduate.

January 2019

Together with members of the Institutes of Finance and Strategic Management and Finance, the second year Master's students went to Hirschegg (Austria) for the Risk Management Roundup Seminar. The students presented and discussed risk management topics such as value-at-risk methods, unethical behavior in the industry and the effects of credit manager incentives on credit quality.

One of the highlights of the trip was a torch hike to Eberlehof, where students and members of the Institutes ended the day together.

Master in Finance students and members of the Institutes of Finance and Strategic Management and Finance in front of the Eberlehof.

December 2018

The annual MSc Finance Christmas Potluck Dinner was again a great success. About 40 people met at Villa Eberhardt, enjoyed dishes prepared by students and faculty members. Throughout the evening there was a pleasant atmosphere and all party guests had a memorable time.

Dishes and side dishes at the Christmas Potluck Dinner.

November 2018

On Saturday, 17.11.18, the WiMa-Kongress, which is an annual event which combines talks, a large job fair with companies related to mathematics and economics and an alumni meeting, took place at Ulm University.

At this occasion, the former Master in Finance student and 2017 graduate Hanisha Gulati, who is now working for KPMG, gave a very interesting talk titled "Risk Management at KPMG".

Hanisha Gulati at her talk about Risk Management at KPMG at the 2018 WiMa-Kongress.

October 2018

The new MSc Finance students went on a get-together excursion to Blaubeuren. The program included a walk along the river Blau, the visit of the Blautopf and the Blaubeuren monastery, and a cozy dinner in Ulm.
Just like last year, October presented itself in its best light: Warm and sunny weather meant everyone was having a great time.

The new MSc Finance students together with Prof. Löffler and Ms. Reker.

May 2018

On Saturday, 05.05.2018, Ulm University hosted the 2018 graduation ceremony where also Finance students celebrated their graduations. In the picture, you can see Lars Lämmlein (third from the right) who received a prize as the best Finance graduate. The prize has been sponsored by Sparkasse Ulm.

Lars Lämmlein (third from the right) receiving the Sparkassenpreis for the best Master in Finance graduate. (Photo: Martin Ebert)

December 2017

The annual MSc Finance Christmas Potluck Dinner took place on the German St. Nicholas' Day, December 6th. Various students, Professors and teaching assistants enjoyed the evening at Villa Eberhardt in a relaxed and communicative atmosphere.

Master in Finance students at the Christmas Potluck Dinner.

November 2017

On Saturday, 11.11.17, the WiMa-Kongress, which is an annual event which combines talks, a large job fair with companies related to mathematics and economics and an alumni meeting, took place at Ulm University.

At this occasion, the former Master in Finance student and 2014 graduate Paola Acha Guzman, who is now working for Finance in Motion, gave a very interesting talk titled "The Double Bottom Line: What is Impact Investing?".

Paola Acha Guzman at her talk about Impact Investing at the 2017 WiMa-Kongress.

October 2017

The new MSc Finance students went on a get-together excursion to Blaubeuren. The program included a walk along the river Blau, the visit of the Blautopf and the Blaubeuren monastery, and a cozy dinner in Ulm.
Just like last year, October presented itself in its best light: Warm and sunny weather meant everyone was having a great time.

The new MSc Finance students together with Prof. Löffler and Prof. Lindner in Blaubeuren.

May 2017

On Saturday, 06.05.2017, Ulm University hosted the 2017 graduation ceremony where also Finance students celebrated their graduations. In the picture, you can see Felix Kircher (middle) who received a prize as the best Finance graduate. The prize has been sponsored by Sparkasse Ulm.

Felix Kircher (middle) receiving the Sparkassenpreis for the best Master in Finance graduate. (Photo: Hofstätter Fotografie)

February 2017

We are happy to announce that the former Master in Finance student and also former program coordinator Maximilian Franke got awarded his doctoral degree!

After his studies, Max did his PhD at the Institute of Finance. During the four years that he was working as the coordinator of the Master in Finance program, he had a lasting impact on its continuous development.

Max's research focused on market efficiency and is divided into three papers: In his first paper, he examines whether it is possible to identify stocks that have an extremely good performance in the future. His second paper questions the common view that stock prices were too high during the dotcom bubble ending in 2000; the evidence is rather consistent with the view that the subsequent drop in prices was too large. Max's third paper discusses market efficiency on the soccer betting market.

 

Dr. Maximilan Franke (center) with his doctorate supervisor Prof. Löffler (left) and the dean of the faculty Prof. Smolny (right) at the doctoral degree conferment ceremony.

January 2017

Together with members of the Institute of Finance, the 2nd-year Master students went to Riezlern (Austria)  for the Risk Management Roundup seminar. The students presented and discussed topics in Risk Management, such as the new standardized measurement approach for operational risk, mortgage-backed securities risk, or the impact of loan officer incentives on the loan quality.

Even though the weather wasn't as bright as in previous years, some participants also used the chance to go skiing.

View over Riezlern.

December 2016

The annual MSc Finance Christmas Potluck Dinner found strong appeal by the Master in Finance students: Close to 40 people enjoyed the evening at Villa Eberhardt in a relaxed and communicative atmosphere with a large variety of food from all over the world.

 

Master in Finance students and professors at the Christmas Potluck Dinner.
Part of the buffet of the Christmas Potluck Dinner.

October 2016

The new MSc Finance students went on a get-together excursion to Blaubeuren. The program included a walk along the river Blau, the visit of the Blautopf and the Blaubeuren monastery, and a cozy dinner in Ulm.
October presented itself in its best light: Warm and sunny weather meant everyone was having a great time.

The new MSc Finance students together with Prof. Löffler in Blaubeuren.

May 2016 - Ulm University amongst the best young universities worldwide

In the British Times Higher Education ranking “THE 150 Under 50”, Ulm University has again improved its position. In the newly published comparison of young universities founded less than 50 years ago, Ulm University is currently ranked 13th worldwide. All the evaluated institutions were rated according to 13 indicators. Ulm University scored particularly well in the areas of citations, international orientation and industrial resources.

Ulm University has also performed well in the “THE World University Ranking 2015 – 16” of the best universities globally (top 1% of all universities) and secured/reached 192nd place. In the THE performance comparison of European universities, Ulm occupies a respectable 98th position.

April 2016

On Saturday, 16.04.2016, Ulm University hosted the 2016 graduation ceremony where also Finance students celebrated their graduations. In the picture on the right, you can see Victor Mingazov, Mohammadali Montazeri and Papa Orgen. Victor also received a prize as best Finance graduate. The prize has been sponsored by Sparkasse Ulm. (Photo on the left: Hofstätter Fotografie)

November 2015

The Institute of Finance invited two MSc Finance alumni to the "WiMa Kongress 2015" to hold a talk about their jobs in investment banking. Read more about them and their careers in our alumni interview.

October 2015

The new MSc Finance students went on a get-together weekend to Riezlern, Austria. The program included a walk through Breitachklamm, a teamwork competition, a round of introduction and a mountain walk. Despite the foggy weather everyone had a good time.

October 2014

The new 1st-year Master students went on a welcome trip to the nearby Austrian alps together with finance faculty members. The program included a canyon walk, a teamwork competition, and a mountain walk.

December 2013

On Wednesday, 11.12.2013 Prof. Löffler and his team invited the Master in Finance students and other members of the faculty to a very special evening event: a Potluck Dinner! Eating and having a good time together right before Christmas.

October 2013

The new 1st-year Master students went on a 2-day welcome trip to the nearby Austrian alps. Together with members of the Institute of Finance, the students explored the beautiful landscape of the Alps. The program included group games, a round of introduction and a get-together.

June 2013

Two Finance students receive a scholarship for a Summer School on Computational Finance in the Swiss mountains. Prof. Löffler accompanies the students as keynote speaker.

January 2013

The 2nd-year Master students went to Hirschegg, Austria together with members of the Institute of Finance for the Risk Management Roundup seminar. The students presented and discussed topics in Risk Management. The participants also used the chance to go skiing or sledding.

October 2012

The new 1st-year Master students went on a welcome trip to the nearby Austrian alps together with finance faculty members. The program included a canyon walk, a paper bridge building competition, and a mountain walk.

October 2011

The new 1st-year Master students went on a welcome trip to the nearby Austrian alps together with finance faculty members. The program included a canyon walk, a paper bridge building competition, and a mountain walk.

September 2011

Shiyuan Fan, who finished her Master degree in 2011, has won the first prize in this year’s Acatis Value Competition. The prize was awarded by the investment company Acatis for her master thesis. In the thesis, Shiyuan examined the performance of several stock selection strategies in emerging markets. A value strategy based on book-to-market ratios generates the highest returns. In terms of success, it is followed by strategies based on earnings-to-price ratios and analyst earnings forecast revisions. Momentum returns are smaller than in developed markets. No evidence of short- and long-term mean reversal is identified in this study.

April 2011

Christian de le Torre, who finished his Master degree in 2010, has received an award from the French Association of Mutual Funds (3000 Euros) for his master thesis. The prize was awarded in Paris at a commemorative event. Speakers included the chairman of La Poste and the chairman of the French association of universities. In his thesis, Christian examined empirically whether superior fund managers can be identified based on past performance. While past returns alone provide little guidance, incorporating the steadiness of past performance through  t-statistics helps identify superior fund managers for the future.

March 2011

In a ranking of the British Council, Germany was named to be the most supportive country for overseas students. This prompted the BBC to ask: "Is Germany better at teaching university courses in English than universities in English-speaking countries?"   - Our answer is: come to Ulm and find out. You will not regret it.

February 2011

We are pleased to announce that one of our 2nd year students has received a scholarship award for the Financial Risk Manager Exam from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Through the course program of the MSc Finance, our students are well prepared for this globally recognized certification.

January 2011

The German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche has published a ranking of Germany’s 100 largest cities. The ranking is based on a set of criteria including security, employment, and perspectives for the future. Ulm was ranked number 3 out of 100. Another very good reason for studying in Ulm!

December 2010

On Wednesday, 08.12.2010 Prof. Loeffler and his team invited the Master in Finance students to a very special evening event: a Potluck Dinner! Eating and having a good time together right before Christmas.

November 2010

The Institute of Finance invites to a Risk Management Competition in the LBBW Trading Room.

October 2010

On Friday, 15.10.2010, Prof. Loeffler and his team invited the 1st year Master of Finance students to a trip to Oberstdorf to get to know to each other and explore the landscape. The photo shows a part of the group in the Breitach canyon.

März 2009

Isaac Ankumah, der im Dezember 2008 graduierte, hat eine angesehene Auszeichnung (5000,-- Euro) für seine Masterarbeit mit dem Titel „ Portfolio selection: optimization works better than you think!“ bekommen.
Der Preis, der von der französischen Gesellschaft „Centre des Professions Financières“ unterstützt wurde, wurde in Paris verliehen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Isaac Ankumah receives the award in Paris