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Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and Chancellor Professor The Hon Gareth Evans with Claire Clark, Nicola Clark and the students and convenors of the ANU Student Managed Fund

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and Chancellor Professor The Hon Gareth Evans with Claire Clark, Nicola Clark and the students and convenors of the ANU Student Managed Fund

ANU Student Managed Fund launched

25 October 2017

Finance students at ANU now have the chance to gain real-world experience in managing an investment fund, and earn course credit at the same time, with a Student Managed Fund launched last week.

The Student Managed Fund, which is administrated by the ANU Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics, enables students to assume responsibility for the management of a fund of $590,000 under the guidance of course convenors Dr Geoff Warren and Dr Anna Von Reibnitz.

Students participating in the course undertake day-to-day management of the fund, and are required to research investment options and make recommendations. These are then reviewed and endorsed by an Investment Advisory Committee of ANU staff and finance industry practitioners, before the recommendations are implemented.

The Student Managed Fund was launched by Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt, who said the Student Managed Fund would teach students about philanthropy and what it means to give back to society.

“Students participating in the fund will not only come out with better understanding of how real life investment works through managing a slice of the ANU endowment funds, but they will also be well-equipped for the challenges of our modern workforce,” he said.

The fund was established with a generous donation from Russell Clark, an ANU alumnus who completed his Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Asian Studies in 2000 and is now the Portfolio Manager at Horseman Capital Management in the UK. His donation was matched by the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics, on behalf of the University.

Additional donations were made by course convenor Dr Geoff Warren and by the family of the Student Managed Fund’s Investment Advisory Committee member and alumnus Andre Morony (MEc 1974).

Donor Russell Clark said he was proud to be involved in the establishment of the Student Managed Fund, and hoped it would help finance students discover a passion for fund management, and gain exposure to the industry.

“I’m now working in fund management, but it’s not something that I thought I would do when I first joined ANU. Through my time at ANU and my travels it became something that I wanted to do. I think my studies and my experiences at ANU have been instrumental in my success,” he said.

The Student Managed Fund is set up to ensure continuity and enable students to learn from other students.  After completing their first semester working with the fund, students are encouraged to then enrol in the Extension course, where they adopt senior managerial and decision-making roles and take on responsibility for training students who are in their first semester with the Student Managed Fund.

Finance student Olaide Yinka-Kehinde has just completed his initial semester with the Student Managed Fund, and will be taking on the role of Chief Investment Officer in the first semester of 2018. He said the fund was a unique opportunity for students to gain invaluable real-world experience in finance.

“The ANU Student Managed Fund has been an excellent practical opportunity. Working with students who are passionate and excited and willing to push the boundaries of their own learning makes the course very rewarding,” he said.

Entry to this course is competitive – students interested in applying to be a part of the Student Managed Fund can find out more on ANU Programs and Courses.

For further information about how you can support the Student Managed Fund, please contact Dr Anna Von Reibnitz or Dr Geoff Warren.

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