Wilshire Associates and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Launch Investment Management Certificate Program in China

--Program Enhances Wilshire’s Recruiting Efforts in Asia--

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--()--Wilshire Analytics, the technology foundation of Wilshire Associates Incorporated (Wilshire®) announced today that it is collaborating with the Research Institute of Quantitative Finance at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China, to launch an investment management and risk analysis certificate program.

The four week program is tailored to students pursuing careers in finance, providing a hands-on opportunity to understand how portfolio managers address risk in today’s increasingly turbulent global financial markets. Blending academics and real-world experience from leading financial services executives, the program develops core skillsets required for working in finance.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with XJTLU on a program that brings together thought leaders in academia and finance to help students excel when seeking careers in a highly competitive marketplace,” said Elton Xu, vice president at Wilshire Associates. “Wilshire’s relationship with XJTLU is a testament to the importance of the Asia-Pacific market and the priority for Wilshire to contribute to the education of tomorrow’s leaders in finance.”

In 2015, Wilshire opened an office in Suzhou, China, to enhance the service of global investment technology and index solutions clients. During that time, Wilshire formed a relationship with The International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) at XJTLU, recruiting nine graduates to date.

“We continue to see an abundance of opportunity for Wilshire’s growth throughout the region, and the certificate program serves to further strengthen our recruiting efforts of top students,” Xu added.

The certificate program will commence in May and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a future career in the financial sector and young professionals who are looking for global investment management exposure in education. For more information about applying for the program, students should contact exu@wilshire.com.

About Wilshire Associates

Wilshire Associates, a leading global financial services firm, provides consulting services, analytics solutions and customized investment solutions to plan sponsors, investment managers and financial intermediaries. Its business units include, Wilshire Analytics, Wilshire Consulting, Wilshire Funds Management and Wilshire Private Markets.

The firm was founded in 1972, providing revolutionary technology and acting as an early innovator in the application of investment analytics and research to investment managers in the institutional marketplace. Wilshire also is credited with helping to develop the field of quantitative investment analysis that uses mathematical tools to analyze market risks. All other business units evolved from Wilshire’s strong analytics foundation. Wilshire developed the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index and became an early innovator in creating integrated asset/liability analysis/simulation models as well as practical models in risk budgeting through beta and active risk analysis. Wilshire has grown to a firm of approximately 300 employees serving the needs of investors around the world.

Based in Santa Monica, California, Wilshire provides services to clients in more than 20 countries representing more than 500 organizations with assets totaling approximately US $8 trillion.* With ten offices worldwide, Wilshire Associates and its affiliates are dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality counsel, products and services. Wilshire® and Wilshire 5000® are registered service marks of Wilshire Associates Incorporated. Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index℠ is a service mark of Wilshire Associates Incorporated.

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About International Business School Suzhou

International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU is growing in size and influence in pursuit of our vision to be a leading international business school. We have inherited and built on the strengths of our two founding partners, the University of Liverpool, UK and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

IBSS is based on strong principles of internationalism, innovation, inspiration and integrity, which together ensure that we have a positive impact on society through our teaching, research and business engagement.

With leading international academic staff from 30 countries and a strategic location in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), IBSS is perfectly positioned for a productive exchange between global business and academia. SIP is home to one-fifth of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and has boasted continuous 10 percent growth for over a decade. IBSS alumni have the right knowledge and skills to succeed in an ever-changing business world.

*Client assets are as represented by Pensions and Investments, detailed in P&I’s “Largest Retirement Funds” and P&I’s “Largest Money Managers (U.S. institutional tax-exempt assets)” as of 9/30/14 and 12/31/14, and published 2/9/15 and 5/18/15, respectively).

Contacts

Wilshire Associates
Lisa Herbert
+1-310-899-5325 (O)
+1-310-728-5341 (C)
lherbert@wilshire.com

Contacts

Wilshire Associates
Lisa Herbert
+1-310-899-5325 (O)
+1-310-728-5341 (C)
lherbert@wilshire.com