The University of Luxembourg is pleased to announce its partnership with UBS Luxembourg, one of the largest financial services firms in the Grand-Duchy. This unique three-year partnership, bridging academia and the financial industry, aims to further develop Luxembourg as a global centre of excellence for banking and finance as well as promote close multi-disciplinary collaboration between UBS and University of Luxembourg.
Partnership activities include the organisation of top academic conferences, internship opportunities for students, sponsorship of student research visits to universities abroad and support of student organisations. UBS experts and specialists in their respective disciplines will have the opportunity to host lectures or give a series of seminars, which will be integrated into the Faculty’s study programmes. These activities aim to strengthen students' academic and professional experiences. The next step will be the development of the UBS PhD thesis awards, which will be given out in the coming months.
René Mottas, CEO of UBS Luxembourg, outlines the importance of nurturing local talent: "Luxembourg has a bright future in the financial industry and the University of Luxembourg is one very important contributing factor in that future. By giving support to students leaning towards a career in the financial industry, we want to provide them with the information required for them to make a learned decision about the direction they want to take. By guiding and helping them understand the workings of the financial industry, we want them to have all the tools necessary to start their career on the best possible footing."
André Prüm, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance at the University of Luxembourg explains: “The Faculty is privileged to count UBS Luxembourg among its partners. This new cooperation will reinforce the synergies among the major disciplines of our research and teaching activities i.e., law, economics, management and finance. It will also help us in conducting relevant research to Luxembourg’s financial centre and prepare students with useful skills for a competitive job market. The support by UBS serves as an example of the financial contribution by external partners which is important for the sustainable development of any academic institution.”
Students are already benefiting from this unique partnership. Patricia Araujo Lopes, a University of Luxembourg Master of Science in Banking and Finance student and current intern at UBS, explains, "Working at UBS allows me to be constantly involved with highly-skilled professionals. I have significantly improved my knowledge of the financial industry, especially the bank's operational systems. I believe this experience will prepare me well for future opportunities."
UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide. It combines wealth management, investment banking and asset management businesses with its Swiss operations to deliver superior financial solutions. UBS is headquartered in Switzerland and has offices in more than 50 countries. The University of Luxembourg’s commitment to innovative partnerships and translational research activities promises positive results from this partnership agreement.