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WorldQuant University Named “Startup of the Year” by Education Dive

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WorldQuant University, the first tuition-free, online Master’s degree program in Financial Engineering, has been awarded the 2016 Dive Award: Startup of the Year by Education Dive, a leading education news publisher. This announcement closely follows the university announcing its Commitment to Action at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York City.

The 2016 Dive Awards recognize the industry’s top disruptors and innovators. Education Dive solicited suggestions for title nominees from its 29,000 readers and from a panel of industry insiders. The winners were chosen by the editors of Education Dive based on resonance and industry impact.

“In a climate in which affordability is king, the idea of a tuition-free completely online master’s degree program is certainly one deserving of recognition. It’s global focus and emphasis on providing access to education even in rural areas makes the university one to watch, as a potential competitor in an ever-changing marketplace.” said Autumn Arnett, editor, Education Dive.

WorldQuant University launched in 2015 to democratize education for students around the world. The University has enrolled more than 200 students from more than 35 countries, including China, Hungary, the United States, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam.

“We’ve developed a competitive, yet accessible, program to graduate the industry’s most capable students,” said Daphne Kis, CEO of WorldQuant University. “We’re not your average education startup. We’re fortunate to be funded and backed by some of the most influential leaders in financial engineering, technology, and education. Our mission is to provide a top-tier financial engineering education to deserving students worldwide.”

WorldQuant University is the brainchild of philanthropist, Igor Tulchinksy, founder and chief executive officer of WorldQuant, LLC. It provides talented individuals from all cultural and economic backgrounds access to advanced education to in order to help them reach their potential, regardless of geolocation. To learn more about WorldQuant University, visit

About WorldQuant University

WorldQuant University offers a tuition-free, online Master’s degree in Financial Engineering. By making high-quality education accessible to students worldwide, WorldQuant University’s innovative online platform enables students to advance their career in a cutting-edge field without the burden of tuition costs.

Founded on the belief that talent is equally distributed globally, while opportunity is not, WorldQuant University seeks to address this disparity gap by providing a high-quality educational opportunity that better positions talented individuals from across cultural and economic backgrounds to achieve their potential and further their communities.

WorldQuant University prepares graduates for challenging and rewarding positions in financial management, research, trading, and technology in both emerging and established markets. WorldQuant University was launched in January 2016 and is funded by the WorldQuant Foundation, whose primary mission is to make high-quality education more accessible worldwide. For more information, visit

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