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Our History

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. Education is a right that should be free to all.

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.

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The result was the first ever tuition-free MSc 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 education globally accessible and to prepare capable students for careers in research, trading, and technology.

About Igor Tulchinsky

Igor Tulchinsky is a financial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of WorldQuant, LLC, a global quantitative investment management firm. Igor is also the founder of WorldQuant Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to making a positive impact through targeted donations to qualified organizations and education initiatives worldwide.

Prior to forming WorldQuant, Igor was a venture capitalist, scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, video-game programmer, and author. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin, completed in a record nine months, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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