The Center for Microfinance (CMF) was established in 2009 by Dr. Annette Krauss to foster academic and applied research as well as executive education in the areas of microfinance and sustainable finance. Its aim was to improve the knowledge on the mechanisms of microfinance along the entire value chain from microfinance customers to investors, and to contribute to a maintained quality of microfinance investments.
The original focus of the center, microfinance, grew and evolved over time into a broader field of financial inclusion and became an even more visible part of impact investments and the entire field of sustainable finance. The research and teaching portfolio diversified accordingly. To reflect these changes, the CMF decided in 2017 to join forces with a timely new initiative at the Department of Banking and Finance, and become an integral part of the newly created Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP).
The Center of Competence Finance in Zurich (CCFZ, 2004-2016) was an interdisciplinary cooperation network of ETH Zurich and University of Zurich having as its main goal to promote, support and coordinate the activities of the University and the ETH in research and education in finance.
The interdisciplinary Center for Responsibility in Finance (CRF) was established in 2011 by Prof. Dr. Carmen Tanner to advance research and education in behavioral ethics/compliance in the realm of finance and business. Its goals included (1) enhancing our comprehension of the factors influencing illegal and unethical behavior, (2) crafting effective strategies to nurture compliance and integrity management, and (3) advocating for integrity within academic and professional education, fostering a culture of ethical conduct.
The Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability (FINEXUS), founded in 2016, focuses on financial networks, financial market regulation and environmental sustainability.
Website Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability
The Center for Portfolio Management was established in 2015 with the objective of advancing research and education in portfolio management. The center was part of the Department of Banking and Finance and supported by third-party funds.
The center’s research focused on portfolio theory, asset pricing with special emphasis on anomalies and empirical regularities in price behavior, and rule-based investment strategies.
The related Portfolio Management Program (study program) can be found here:Portfolio Management Program
The purpose of the Zurich Center for Computational Financial Economics (ZCCFE), founded in 2009, was to exchange and develop a worldwide community within the emerging field of Computational Financial Economics.
Website Zurich Center for Computational Financial Economics