Quant finance courses tested by Covid’s echoing classrooms

Universities fret over drop in international students and demands of online learning

The next generation of bank modellers and financial engineers may have to put their career plans on hold.

Specialist quantitative finance degree programmes at some of the world’s top universities are seeing a sharp drop in intake for the forthcoming academic year, starting in September. Many students are opting to defer places, and overall applications are down.

For universities, reduced numbers mean lower income from fees. At the same time, schools are having to adjust to demands for new

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