Center for Financial Excellence
Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120
Durham, NC 27708-0125
The Center for Financial Excellence advances MBA finance education by bridging foundational academic concepts and theories with essential skills and best practices applied by finance practitioners. The Center also enhances students' understanding of the roles and responsibilities associated with financial industry career paths while elevating their awareness of the regulations and profound public policy considerations that govern the industry. Additionally, the Center promotes and supports Fuqua's world-class faculty in its leading research and curricular initiatives.
The Center was founded in 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Pre-crisis, mastery of textbook financial concepts was widely accepted as a measure of educational success for MBA finance graduates. The financial industry's near-death experience revealed critical shortcomings in this standard. While MBA students must master core financial theories, Fuqua recognizes that far more is expected of finance professionals in today's global, hyper-competitive, fast-changing, and ultra-demanding environment. The Center, through its practitioner-administered boot camps, industry-focused programs, workshops, and other educational and career development initiatives, prepares Fuqua's MBA students to meet the financial industry's rapidly evolving challenges and become finance practitioners and leaders of consequence and excellence.