EDHEC Business School is actively pursuing an ambitious policy to produce academic research that is both practical and relevant. This policy, known as “Research for Business” and now labelled “Make an Impact”, aims to make EDHEC an academic institution of reference in a small number of areas in which the school has reached critical mass in terms of expertise and research results. EDHEC is putting its academic expertise to work in addressing some of the major issues affecting society, most notably the climate emergency. EDHEC initiatives in the fields of sustainable finance and sustainable business are expected to be major contributions to the response to the sustainability challenges facing our economy.
In 2001, EDHEC Business School created EDHEC-Risk Institute, a premier academic centre for industry-relevant research in investment management, which has developed a portfolio of research and educational initiatives in the domain of investment solutions for institutional and individual investors.
The institute, in partnership with industry leaders, boasts a team of permanent professors, engineers and support staff, as well as affiliate professors and research associates. Their collective work has a particularly significant footprint in the areas of factor investing, retirement investing and sustainable investing. Its philosophy is to validate its work by publishing in international academic journals, as well as to make it available to the sector through position papers, published studies, online courses, on-campus workshops and global conferences.
To ensure the dissemination of its research to the investment industry, EDHEC-Risk also provides professionals with access to its website, https://risk.edhec.edu, which has more than 120,000 visitors and is devoted to asset and risk management research, with a focus on investment solutions. Finally, its quarterly newsletter is distributed to over 100,000 readers.
Building on the cutting-edge research of its faculty, EDHEC-Risk Institute creates programmes to help executives level up their financial expertise on topics of considerable interest in the asset management industry: factor investing, goal-based investing, sustainable investing, but also data science and machine learning.
EDHEC-Risk’s mission is to give participants an edge in today’s fast-changing landscape, with programmes designed to help them convert theoretical concepts into practical results. Courses are run in different formats to match the market’s needs: 100% on line, on-site, blended or bespoke programmes. To date, 2,500 professionals have chosen EDHEC-Risk Institute to help them address their challenges.
As part of its policy of transferring know-how to the investment industry, EDHEC-Risk Institute set up Scientific Beta, an original initiative to boost the take-up of the latest advances in smart beta design and implementation by the whole investment industry. On 31 January 2020, Singapore Exchange (SGX) acquired a majority stake in Scientific Beta, a transaction that vindicates the school’s “Make an Impact” model and its focus on producing research that is useful for both students and businesses.
EDHEC-Risk Institute also contributed to the launch of EDHEC Infrastructure Institute (EDHECinfra), a spin-off dedicated to benchmarking private infrastructure investments. EDHECinfra is now a provider of research and indices on unlisted infrastructure investments.
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