Quant Guide 2021: Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin

Turin, Italy

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Like last year, Collegio Carlo Alberto’s Master in Finance, Insurance and Risk Management is one of the smallest programmes by number of students in the Risk.net Quant Guide. With just 13 candidates in the most recent cohort, the degree programme promises plenty of close attention from its 39 available instructors, 17 of whom have an industry affiliation.

The course content is separated into a number of tracks, each of which contain specialised modules.

The foundations and fintech track, for instance, includes classes in core topics such as mathematics for finance, econometrics and programming, and coding in Python and R. The track also features three different machine learning modules. Other tracks include: the so-called common track, which covers topics such as market and liquidity risk, financial engineering, and derivatives pricing; the ‘finance track’, with material on quantitative asset allocation, operational risk management, and regulation and banking law; and a professional courses track, featuring topics such as impact investing, private banking and robo-advising, taught almost entirely by industry instructors.

A new course dedicated to the Python language, Python and Finance, has been added this year. Students take a look at some of the language’s popular applications, including usage for risk analytics, portfolio optimisation and smart beta investing.

Modules that have proven popular among students in 2020 include classes in quantitative asset allocation, financial engineering and asset pricing, says Collegio Carlo Alberto’s head of education programmes management, Cristiana Moretti.

She adds that, thanks to a big effort from programme staff and faculty, the shift to online teaching was not a major source of disruption. But she says that some of the degree’s regular industry partners did suspend or postpone hiring for internships and placements. Where classes did take place in person, the university took steps to reduce student presence and enhance cleaning, and masks were made compulsory on campus.

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