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Schroders & Stellenbosch University, South Africa, announce joint investment research initiative

Schroders today announced a joint investment research initiative with the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. This initiative will bring together industry and academic experts, with the goal of collaborating on investment research that both expands academic knowledge and enhances the delivery of investment outcomes by investment professionals. 

The investment research agenda will cover a wide range of themes including macroeconomic research; environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investing; portfolio management and construction; asset allocation; and investment risk management. Through the research initiative, joint seminars and workshops will be held on current trends in investment management.

Forty full scholarships will be made available to postgraduate students over a two-year period, broadening the participation of disadvantaged students at both the honour’s and master’s levels. There will also be a number of awards given for the best papers on a wide range of investment related topics. Another South African university will also join the research initiative in 2016. The research initiative will be supported locally by Argon Asset Management with more strategic partners expected to join in 2016.

Nico Marais, Head of Multi-Asset and Portfolio Solutions, Schroders commented:

“We are excited about this research initiative and the benefits it will bring to our own investment team, as well as the opportunities to the university students. We firmly believe in partnerships between academia and industry, especially as we strive to provide thought leadership to our clients while also investing in the next generation of investment professionals in South Africa.”

For further information, please contact:

Estelle Bibby                                      

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