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WorldQuant University was founded in 2015 by Igor Tulchinsky, a financial entrepreneur

After serving over 12 years as a portfolio manager and holding upwards of 20 jobs, from scientist to video game programmer, Igor first founded WorldQuant, LLC, a quantitative investment firm.

Igor knew that the exponential growth of data would ultimately change the way we invest, learn, and work. Computing power and the explosion of information has driven immense technological transformation.

In his search to find and develop talent for the quantitative finance industry, a passion to create education opportunities around the world was sparked. Igor believed that people all over the world, especially those outside of major cities and regardless of their economic backgrounds, deserved access to quality education and premier resources to work with experts in the field. The result was the WorldQuant Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to making a positive impact through targeted donations to qualified organizations and education initiatives worldwide.

He also knew the demand for analytics and data science was only going to increase. By expanding the measure of qualified talent, employers everywhere can more easily meet their needs.

The result was the first ever tuition-free Master’s degree in Financial Engineering.

This advanced degree is just the start.

The WorldQuant University platform is built to scale across all types of subjects. The University’s mission remains to make advanced, quality education accessible to capable students everywhere by leveraging technology at scale to deliver entirely free online programs.

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