SDA Bocconi School of Management & Fordham University Partner for a Unique Educational Experience

SDA Bocconi's Master in Corporate Finance as a Bridge between Italy and the USA

Online PR News – 22-May-2014 – Milan, Italy – When you think of Milan-based SDA Bocconi School of Management you think of high quality courses and great opportunities for students and alumni alike, and this new enterprise on their part is no exception. The prestigious Italian business school has in fact recently teamed up with Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration in New York to offer a select group of students the possibility of combining courses both from the Master in Corporate Finance, a postgraduate diploma offered by SDA Bocconi, and the Master of Science in Global Finance, offered by Fordham University.

The students who will be chosen for this program will have the privilege to spend ten months in Italy and one month in New York. However, professors from Fordham University will still be teaching and following the students even during the Italy-based part of the program. The second phase of the program instead, the one based in New York, however short will provide students not only with a window on new and different teaching methods but it will also show them how companies in the USA work, thus giving them a world-wide view of corporate finance and creating a straighter path towards a finance career in Wall Street.

Some might ask what was the need of such a program as it is so different from classic university courses. Professor Lucilla Tebaldi, the coordinator of this program, has very clear ideas on the reasons behind it. A graduate of both SDA Bocconi and NYU Stern and author of two books on economics and business management, and sustainable investments as well as of a research paper on the Italian pension system, professor Tebaldi believes this is the key to attract more students to the finance world. Because of the economic crisis and the general negative view on banks, in fact, the numbers of enrollments in finance programs have dwindled over the past few years – students are not interested in the old way of studying, and working in, finance. This course, however, could be the way to bring students back to the subject thanks to its practicality and to the great number of contacts the students will be able to make throughout the program. The university has in fact close ties with many leading banks and consulting firms such as UniCredit, PwC, and Deloitte, and the American phase of the course will expose the students to both American companies and Italian companies working in New York.

Although it will begin shortly, the ‘raising awareness’ of the new collaboration between universities is still going on, and recent company visits include RBC Capital, the NASDAQ market, GE Capital, and CNBC. With a strong belief in the validity of this program, SDA Bocconi has invested many resources in it, and looks forward to calling it a success.

Candidates will be the students of the September 2014 intake into the Master in Corporate Finance.