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Numerous Guest Lectures from the Fintech class

Thanks to Mr Emil Chan (Chairman, The Association of Cloud and Mobile Computing Professionals), Ms. Juni Yan (MD, Fintech Business, International, WeBank), Mr Raymond Mak (Associate Director, Tencent), Raymond Chan (Managing Director, 9F International Holdings), Mr Charleston Sin (Executive Director, MIT HK Innovation Node), Mr Simon Yeung (Head of Strategic Initiative, Hashkey Group) as well as Mr Walter Cheung and Frank Ho (Co-Founders, Contrendian) for sharing their experiences with our students. Special thanks to Dr. Dorothy Chau for making this happen. It was no doubt a highlight of the first trimester to the students.

Some notes from the students: "In total, there were seven different guest lectures with professionals talking about virtual banking such as WeBank, trading platforms for investment recommendations or cloud and mobile computing to name a few. As a blockchain and crypto enthusiast, I especially enjoyed the sharing of Mr. Simon A. Yeung from Hashkey Group about digital assets and NFTs" and "Through the Industry Sharing from the practitioners, we know what is expected from us as Master Students in the corporate world. I have also developed a great passion for entrepreneurship in the FinTech and Data Analytics field through the expert industry practitioners sharing".

In search of security in the Financial Industry

Thanks to Prof. Andreas Neuber, Former Chief Operating Officer Asia-Pacific, UBS, Ms Brit Blakeney, Executive Director, Innovation & Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank (HK) Ltd, Prof Jason Lau, Chief Information Security Officer, Crypto.com, Mr. Kevin Lee, Barrister, Prince's Chambers, and Prof. Samson Tai, Former Chief Engineer, IBM, for a great discussion on the major risks banks are facing from digitalization as well the emerging risk and compliance issues in the Fintech industry. The issue on Regtech was brought up and please stay tuned for a webinar on this topic.

The MScFin (FTFA) Programme joins force with Hong Kong Monetary Authority to nurture future FinTech talent

To nurture financial technology (FinTech) talent, HKBU School of Business and the MSc in Finance (FinTech and Financial Analytics) Programme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) to launch the Industry Project Masters Network (IPMN) scheme. A signing ceremony was held on 19 October 2021.

The IPMN scheme is a partnership between HKMA and four local universities, namely, HKBU, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The scheme aims to groom FinTech talent by providing opportunities to FinTech postgraduate students to work on banking projects. Students will be deeply involved in FinTech research and application projects and gain practical skills and experience. IPMN also aims to provide a means to bridge the knowledge gap between the academic world and industry. The scheme is scheduled to be officially launched in September 2022.

"The HKMA has been at the forefront of the development of Hong Kong as a major Fintech center. This important new initiative will help groom Fintech talent and provide for fruitful collaborations between academia and the finance sector,” said Prof. Ed Snape, Dean of the HKBU School of Business. “HKBU's MSc in Finance (Fintech & Financial Analytics) is honored to partner with the HKMA in this initiative.”

“We are glad that the MSc in Finance (Fintech & Financial Analytics) programme is recognized among the elite ones in the booming fintech field to groom talents for the future. The aim of the IPMN scheme echoes with what the programme has been doing together with professional industry leaders since its inception” added Prof. Aris Stouraitis, Head of the Department of Finance and Decision Sciences of the HKBU School of Business.

In the scheme, HKMA will connect with mentors from banks and FinTech firms, such as consulting or technology firms, for each project, while professors in the FinTech-related field from HKBU School of Business will serve as academic mentors to advise students. The academic advisors will not only offer advice for students when they have questions, they will also provide evaluations on students’ final project reports so that the participating students will be able to gain theoretical understanding and practical experience in the FinTech field.

MSc in Finance (Fintech & Financial Analytics) exhibited in the Fintech week 2021

With commitments to help develop the Fintech ecosystem, the program exhibited in the Fintech week in Hong Kong. Stay connected with the Fintech industry is vital to the programme and the students. Thanks to all visiting our booth, including but not limited to Mr. Authur Au, Deputy Commissioner for Innovation and Technology and Mr. Paul Pong, Chairman and Founder of the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia in the picture above.

China’s Fintech Prospects by Bloomberg Intelligence

Thanks to the senior analyst from Bloomberg Intelligence to share with our students the latest Bloomberg Fintech research. He shared with our students the latest outlook of Ant Group under regulatory squeeze. In particular, the impact on Ant group in the Alibaba-Tencent Tie up. The China Online Insurance prospect was also discussed.

IFTA Fintech Achievement Awardees Campus Sharing

Many thanks to IFTA for putting together the sharing session for our students. Special thanks to the speakers Mr Stephen Fung (Chief Innovation Evangelist, NFC Touch Limited), Mr. Calvin Cheng (Founder & CEO, Wizpresso), Mr. Howard Wong (Head of RegTech Advisory & Chief FinTech Evangelist, FORMS Syntron Information (HK) Limited, Mr Tony Lam and Rex Tsang
(Founders, Algogene Financial Technology Company Limited) for their sharings on Digital Transformation with NFC Technology, LegalTech application - IPO verification, Central Bank Digital Currency & Tokenized Economy and Algorithmic Trading. Our students got a lot of insights from their experiences.

MSc in Finance (Fintech and Financial Analytics) Program Orientation and Industry Sharing

Many thanks to Dr Dorothy Chau (Director of Tencent), Mr Darron Sun (Vice Chairman of IFTA), Mr Rico Tang (Senior Manager of Cyberport), Mr Benjamin Wong (Founder of Transwap) and Dr Samson Tai (our Professor of Practice) for joining the MSc in Finance (Fintech and Financial Analytics) program's orientation and sharing their experiences with our students on 3 September. More than 40 students joined us on campus with 20+ online.

HKBU BBA graduate named “Star in the Making” in IFTA FinTech Achievement Awards

Congratulations to David K.T. Ho (BBA Entrepreneurship and Finance, 2020). Supported by the program, he was honoured with the ‘Star in the Making’ award by the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA) in the FinTech Achievement Awards 2020. He was one of the only two awardees in the category this year.

The ‘Star in the Making’ award recognizes students for innovative projects or ideas that could positively transform the FinTech industry. In 2019, Ho teamed up with two other HKBU business graduates to come up with the FOODCHAIN idea to offer financing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises, a much-needed service, especially during the pandemic.

Visit to the Cyberport, the Digital Tech Hub of Hong Kong

Thanks to Mr Antony Chan of Cyberport for arranging the visit to our students, Mr Edward Chan, Head of Partnerships, ZA Bank, and Mr William Yeung, CEO of MediConCen for their wonderful sharing on virtual banks and Insurtech. Students were inspired and they also very much enjoyed the tour of Smart-Space Fintech and CyberLab afterwards.