Fordham has signed an agreement with global alternative investment leader CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Association), a move that will certify the University’s secondary concentration in this alternative investing designation.
The agreement was signed by Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., dean of the Gabelli School of Business and the Business Faculty, and Keith Black, director of curriculum at CAIA.
The agreement brings to the Gabelli School the benefits associated with the CAIA partnership, as well as opportunities for scholarships and participation in the CAIA designation and examinations for students and faculty.
Gabelli students taking the secondary concentration in alternative investing and their professors will now be able to prepare and sit for the CAIA Exam Part One, as a first step toward their completion of a CAIA certification in the specialized field of alternative investment.
“This partnership and certification, in combination with our coursework, secondary concentration and employer outreach will position our students to be valuable members of the alternative investment community upon gradation,” said Kevin Mirabile, D.P.S., clinical assistant professor of finance and business economics and program director of the alternative investment secondary concentration at Fordham.
The area of alternative investments represents one of the fastest-growing forms of active investment management used by institutions today, said Mirabile—which is why there is a demand for licensed, certified professionals in the field.
The CAIA is the sponsoring body of the CAIA Charter, which certifies one’s mastery in alternative investments and promotes adherence to high standards of professional conduct in the field.