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  • 1. THE BUSINESS SCHOOL FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS www.icmacentre.ac.uk theinsider 2010

2. Champagne andcelebration at theICMA CentreWe hope that Vetivasundertaking to recognisePictured from left to right:Professor John Board, and modestly reward excellence Olayemi Olukayode,Dr Adrian Bell will be a contributing factor in motivating individuals to reach within and bring out the very best that they have on the inside. Dr Olaolu Mudasiru 3. the insiderChampagne and smiles were certainly not in short supply at theICMA Centre when over 200 students celebrated their achievementsat a reception held at the Centre prior to the Graduation Ceremonyin the Great Hall.With record student numbers this year The BSc Class of 2010 also delivered a wealth 03the students did not disappoint withof high achievers with a third achieving Firsts,results. The Centre was spoilt for choice and the prize of 500 went to Anthony Beeversin awarding its annual MSc and BScwho graduated top of the class.Academic Achievement Awards.Awards didnt stop there, the annual Vetiva PrizeDue to the outstanding achievementfor Best Graduating African Student was bestowedon MSc student, Olayemi Olukayode. The 1000of the MSc students, three shared theprize was established by one of the ICMA Centresachievement prize receiving 250 each:alumni, Dr Olaolu Mudasiru, who is now DeputyXi Chen, Mary Jane Chiong and Managing Director of Vetiva Capital ManagementIndrajeet Mohite. Limited in Nigeria. Dr Musasiru, said of the prize:We hope that Vetivas undertaking to recogniseand modestly reward excellence will be acontributing factor in motivating individuals toreach within and bring out the very best thatthey have on the inside.Mr Olukayode had even more reason to smilewhen it was announced that a job offer camealong with the prize this year. 4. The ICMA Centrelaunches newPortfolio SimulationPlatformMSc and BSc students at the ICMA Centrethat take the portfolio management courseare involved in an assessed group projectwhere they have to build and evaluatea hypothetical portfolio withsecurities of their choiceusing real time data.The new web-based ICMA Centreportfolio simulation platform thathas been developed by StockTrakInc and customised by Dr GeorgeAlexandridis allows students to tradesecurities in most major marketsaround the world in real time andbuild and manage large portfolios.Dr George Alexandridis, Lecturer in Finance atthe ICMA Centre said: Our custom made portfolioThe ICMAsimulation platform and other simulations usedin the Centre can really help us bridge the gapCentre is a topbetween theory and practice and progress thestudents learning experience to a higher level. European schoolStudents can apply the tools they learn in theclass and improve their investment skills. in internationalIt is very much like a real online trading platform,which not only allows students to get somenancial tradinghands-on experience but also ignites a spirit ofcompetition in the classroom. Moreover, it helpscompetitionimprove students investment awareness andpotential in securing better jobs after graduation.The ICMA Centre is one of the very fewBusiness Schools in the UK that have adoptedsimilar portfolio simulation platforms that arebecoming an essential training tool in businessand nance education. 5. theinsider This result shows that our graduates are among05 the best in the world and that the time and effort invested in our dealing rooms and our trading simulation software (ICTrader) was well spent to the benet of us and future members of the nance professions, said Dr Michael Smith dealing room director at the ICMA Centre. Making it to the top of the competition requires a very diverse set of skills. One has to be numerical enough to create the appropriate pricing models, and strategic enough to nd the most efcient ways to trade, commented Ioannis.Being in the trading pit during thequantitative outcry session and tradingagainst 87 people from top schools, some of Also launched this year:them with signicant trading experience, wasICTraderlike being thrown into a pool of sharks.ICTrader, developed in partnership withDimitris Korovilas7city, is one of the most sophisticatedtrading simulations available in the market.With a wealth of trader performanceThe ICMA Centre has once again provedstatistics to back up the high intensitythat it is one of the top nance schools indealing, traders really feel as though theythe world when it came joint fourth out of aare actually on a trading desk. Coveringeld of 44 international schools in the 2010a range of markets from spot foreignRotman International Trading Competitionexchange to single stock multiple strikeheld at the Rotman School of Management,equity options, ICTrader allows you to trulyUniversity of Toronto. This result is in line immerse yourself in the world of dealing.with the ICMA Centres track record ofFor more information visitnishing in the top 10, and usually top 5,www.icmacentre.ac.uk/ictraderin all previous Rotman competitions.The team of four traders Ioannis Oikonomou,Dimitris Korovilas, Aditya Pandit and Juan CepedaMurcia beat a veritable whose who of nanceschools to take joint fourth place. Top place wentto MIT, the closest European university wasLuiss University, which came 30th, and the nextUK school was CASS Business School, whichwas ranked in 33rd place.As recent events in world markets have shownonly too clearly, skill and competence in tradingand analysis are critical both to success and tosurvival in modern markets. 6. ICMA Centre is praisedby UniversityProfessor Carol Alexander and Mrs Kim Kim Mountford, whose empathy and understandingMountford have received School Awards is widely appreciated by the students during thefor Outstanding Contributions to Learning admissions process, says of the award: I feel aand Teaching 2009/10. great sense of enjoyment from supporting thestudents through the application process and I amThese prizes are awarded annually by thethrilled and delighted to be chosen for this award.University of Reading and reect recognition byboth students and colleagues of the valuableThe aim of this awards scheme is to recogniseinput made by staff at the University.and reward individuals who have made signicant,ongoing contributions to teaching and learning,Professor Alexander, whose modules on theeither through direct interactions with studentsICMA Centres MSc programmes are consistentlyor through their support of teaching staff withinrated at close to 100% satisfaction by ourthe School.students, commented: My colleagues esteemreally matters to me this is a major benet Dr Adrian Bell, School Director of Teaching andof the award.Learning, said: At the ICMA Centre, we view eachstage of the journey as equally important fromapplicant to alumni and these awards reect this.Pictured from left to right: Mrs Kim Mountford, Professor Carol Alexander. 7. theinsider 07This is excellent newsboth for Adrian and for the Centre. It is very well deserved and recognizes the signicant contribution Adrian has made to the development of the Centre. Professor John BoardDr Adrian Bellpromoted toprofessorWe are proud to announce that our very ownDr Adrian Bell will be promoted to Professoron 1st October this year.Dr Bell who has been with the Centre since 1994 hasbeen instrumental in the development of both theundergraduate and postgraduate programmes inhis role as School Director of Teaching and Learning.He also, developed the distance-learning MScprogramme in 2003 with the Centres new mediasolutions manager the rst distance learningMasters in Finance degrees in the UK deliveringusing e-lectures.Professor John Board, director of the Centrecommented: This is excellent news both forAdrian and for the Centre. It is very welldeserved and recognizes the signicantcontribution Adrian has made to thedevelopment of the Centre. 8. The ICMA Centre announceslaunch of its Advanced Diplomain Investment ComplianceThe ICMA Centre and the CharteredInstitute for Securities and Investment(CISI) have announced the mostcomprehensive programme for complianceprofessionals currently available in thenancial markets the Advanced Diplomain Investment Compliance.The new programme builds on the successof the Diploma in Capital Markets, Regulationand Compliance launched in 2006 by theUniversity of Reading and FINRA, by embeddingthe most successful UK industry qualication the CISI Diploma in Investment ComplianceThe merging of these within an enhanced training programmequalications will lead tofor compliance professionals. a cleaner and better dened route to the professional certicationFor more information visit and demonstration of competencewww.icmacentre.ac.uk/adic that is so much in demand following the nancial crisis. Professor John Board Director, ICMA Centre 9. theinsiderICMA Centre executive educationcontributes to Henley Business09School Financial Times RankingHenley Business Schools position asThe main area of strength is the international focusa world-ranked provider of executive international clients, international participants andeducation has been conrmed by theinternational delivery across Europe, Sub Saharanresults of the Financial Times ExecutiveAfrica, the Middle East and South East Asia. HenleyEducation Ranking published inis ranked 15th in the world for breadth and depth ofMay 2010. This is the rst year thatinternational clients in the custom programmes.the ICMA Centre has contributed The ICMA Centre has long offered a comprehensiveto the Business Schools entry. range of custom programmes for internationalinstitutions such as the Bank of China, KSDARanking 33rd worldwide in a composite ranking for(Korean Securities Dealers Association) and theopen and custom executive education programmes,Qatar Stock Exchange.the overall results of this survey reect the effortsand success of Henley Business School following To view the full results for the FT Executivethe merger in 2008. The Scho