Alumni Testimonials

Thierry Girardier

Business Manager, UBS, Zurich

"Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation. The combination of opportunity and preparation is key. Opportunity is provided by an environment designed to help you grow. Preparation is hard work and commitment towards your goals. The Master’s in Finance at USI provided me with the opportunity. A high-quality, module-based programme matched with close proximity with internationally recognized professors allowed me to make the most out my years at university. I particularly appreciated the blend of quantitative/theoretical content and concrete case studies in almost every course. In an increasingly demanding and competitive global working environment, the ability to understand and solve complex problems is an invaluable asset. This is one of the many skills I acquired during my time at USI.

USI is still a relatively small university and therefore allows quality ‘air time’ that students can benefit from when interacting with professors. The breadth of the programs is also certainly a plus and allows students to tailor their studies based on their professional aspirations."

Elisabetta Galli

Head Analyst, Financial Technologies SA, Lugano

"This academic path represented a great opportunity to build up my personal ‘toolbox’ of knowledge and skills. During the master’s I improved my analytical approach and accuracy. I also had the possibility to interact and collaborate with classmates coming from abroad. The ‘toolbox’ is still crucial in my daily work."

Antonio Genovese

Vice President, Deutsche Bank, United Arab Emirates

"The Master’s in Finance gave me the opportunity to learn from renowned members of the academic community, and the high professors-to-student ratio made the faculty members very accessible. The master’s programme provides a strong background in the quantitative aspects of finance. I was able to develop programming skills, which helped me put in practice more theoretical aspects of asset valuation or modelling of economic trends. The partnership with the Swiss Finance Institute provides access to an incredible number of resources such as conferences, visiting scholars and senior industry speakers sharing the latest views on the financial services industry trends. USI benefits from relationships with some of the most prestigious academic institutions, of which I chose Virginia Tech for my semester abroad."

Milica Vukovic

Principal Financial Analyst, Hughes Network Systems, Washington, USA

"Being taught by renowned professors actively pursuing research meant that our classes were designed to be relevant to the current economic climate and trends in the financial sector. The small class size allowed for direct interaction with both professors and teaching assistants was possible. I also liked that my Master’s offered many elective courses, sometimes very specialised, which helped me identify potential career paths/ areas of interest."

Thomas Lombardi

Chief Economist, Portfolio Manager & Director Asset Management, Credit Agricole Mutuel Pyrénées Gascogne, Pau, France

"The Master’s in Finance is very international, both in terms of students and professors. USI is a dynamic university providing high-quality programmes, benefitting also from the fact that is located in Switzerland, one of the main European centres in finance. The excellent quality of life in Ticino is, of course, another plus."