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RMFI semester 1: Fundamentals of Risk Management and Financial Institutions

Event Description

Did you know that: 

1. you can follow individual semesters/sessions of the VU - Risk Management for Financial Institutions program without having to register for the full MSc degree program?
2. each semester is worth a maximum of 60 CE credits?
3. that the lectures and learning materials are in English?


RMFI Semester 1:
The foundations of risk management and financial institutions​


Semester 1 of the VU - Postgraduate Risk Management for Financial Institutions program is all about the foundations of risk management: what is a risk and what is Risk Management? How are risks identified, described and calculated? Why are existing methods of risk management used, how were they developed and what is wrong with them or could be improved on? This provides the foundation for understanding and improving existing methods and techniques.

In the second part of the semester, archetypes of various financial institutions are described based on cases. This leads to the study of the business strategies used by the various financial institutions. This allows you to construct a framework for analysing risk management and formulating new risk management ideas in your own organization.

The semester consists of 15 lectures, coordinated by drs. Jos Verstraelen


 Introduction to risk management

  • Philosophy of risk and uncertainty
  • Sources of uncertainty and risk
  • Statistical calculations of uncertainty, reliability and relativity of statistical data
  • Introduction to methods of risk calculations, control and management
  • Financial institutions: archetypes, balance sheet characteristics and management
  • Characteristics and dynamics of banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset managers
  • Relationship and interaction between strategy, policy, product development and risk profile
  • Recent successes and shortcomings of financial institutions
  • Exploring and solving risk problems for financial institutions
  • Introduction to behavioural finance
  • Introduction to (data) technology in relation to risk management

Program overview
  • View the schedule here
  • Read more about the VU - Postgradute program Risk Management for Financial Institutions here.

*You can also register for half the semester, in which case you pay 3,500 euros per half.

Event Type


Education Topic

Risk Management

Start Time

3-9-2019 19:00

End Time

3-9-2019 22:00





Event Country


Event Region


Location Info

Vrije Universiteit FEWEB
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam



CE Credits


SER Credit




Member Price


Non-Member Price

6000* excluding required reading materials

Candidate Price



​If you would like to register for the semester, or receive more information please contact



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