VBA has had tremendous success with the graduates of the KWPMP. The real-life experience of investing real money supported by the discipline of this program, as well as being backed by practitioners in the investment management industry, is what makes the difference for an employer like VBA. Congratulations to Professor Brodt, Ken Woods and the dedicated volunteers and mentors who have put this program together and have made it such a success.
When financial markets are tumultuous, the value of a sound education is quickly proven. Graduates from the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program benefit from having the combination of sound theoretical teaching and the practical experience of managing a large portfolio. The results speak for themselves: competitive performance and outstanding graduates!
After we hired our first Woods grad, it took off from there. The program soon became a go-to for new talent and a fertile ground to recruit from.
I can’t place enough emphasis on how much experience the program provides for the students. Regular seminars with top industry professionals, meetings with the KWPMP client committee, at least two internships with prominent employers — these things make all the difference when you’re at the interview table. I’ve interviewed hundreds of students for internships and very often fail to find an undergrad with the amount of understanding that someone who comes out of the Woods program has.
The KWPMP taught me to be rigorous, pragmatic and, most importantly, to adhere to the highest ethical standards. It gave me the knowledge, experience, confidence and professionalism to pursue an international career. I am extremely grateful to the program and to the generous people who have helped it become what it is today!
I can think of no greater example of hands-on learning than the experience Woods students get working with the committed group of finance professionals who make up the client committee.