Investment continuing education and certification services provider, PortfolioConstruction Forum has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School to form the Investment Management Research programme (the IMR Programme).
Under the terms of the deal, PortfolioConstruction Forum would be responsible for management and delivery of the Certified Investments Management Analyst (CIMA) certification programme in Australia and New Zealand.
The programme would address the area of capital market operations, financial institution/ intermediaries and institutional investors. It would also comprise the annual workshop and conference events.
The IMR Program would succeed the UTS Paul Wooley Centre, a privately-funded financial markets research initiative which has been led by UTS Professor Ron Bird since its foundation.
PortfolioConstrcution Forum’s managing director, Graham Rich, said: “The collaboration of PortfolioConstruction Forum and UTS Business School connects a firm which specialises in executive education, with a university which is keen to expand its executive education offerings”.
“By strengthening our engagement with Professor Bird and UTS Business School, PortfolioConstruction Forum is able to secure the long-term future of both the IMAC and therefore the CIMA certification programme in Australia, and to bring UTS Business school’s investment management research to a broader audience.
“This includes the IMR Program providing advanced continuing education, led by academics, to CIMA certificants and other PortfolioConstruction Forum members. The net result is a significant enhancement in the breadth and depth of our CE and certification programs,” he said.