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Columbia Business School is playing to its strengths with the launch of its Private Equity Programme, an umbrella scheme covering all the school’s private equity courses and developments, including a new private equity course. The Pep will be directed by Laura Resnikoff, who joined the Columbia faculty in 1991 after a career working for both large scale corporations and private equity shops.
The school hopes the Pep will strengthen Columbia’s ties to the private equity industry by linking students, alumni and the business community. Over recent years Prof Resnikoff has developed an alumni advisory board, a series of alumni mentoring breakfasts and a mentoring programme between executive MBA and full-time MBA students who share private equity interests. Columbia also runs an annual private equity event with London Business School.
The Pep will be funded by an alumni gift under Columbia’s Bridge (Building Relationships with Industry and Defining Graduate Education in Business) fellowship scheme, which supports faculty who develop initiatives to bring practitioners into the classroom.