IFTA Achievement Awards 2019 Campus Sharing

Thanks to IFTA for organizing the Fintech Achievement Awards 2019 Campus Sharing for HKBU students and alumnus. More than 100 students/alumnus joined the event and benefited from the sharings of Mr Kenneth Lau (Head of FinTech Consulting of Forms), Mr Joe Ng (CTO of Centaline Data Technology) and Adj Professor Jason Lau (CIO of Thank you all.

MSc in Finance (Fintech and Financial Analytics) recognized with Honorary Award – Fintech Education Contribution

Our MSc in Finance (Fintech and Financial Analytics) programme was recently recognised with the Honorary Award – Fintech Education Contribution at the IFTA Fintech Achievements Awards 2019. The Programme is praised for its comprehensiveness to empower students with knowledge from finance, machine learning and financial computing, to cybersecurity, cryptocurrency and regulatory compliance, which will become a strong force for today’s data-driven economy.

“SlowMist Cybersecurity Award” to MSc in Finance (Fintech and Financial Analytics) student

SlowMist Technology is a company focused on blockchain ecological security and also a top international blockchain security company, serving many well-known projects, and was in the first batch of domestic units that was listed in the "2018 China Blockchain Industry White Paper" by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

MSc in Finance (FTFA) is honoured to have SlowMist sponsoring a cash prize of USD 2,000 towards the “SlowMist Cybersecurity Award” for the Best Individual Assignment for, “FIN7900 Cybersecurity, Privacy and RegTech”.

“It's a great privilege to have SlowMist involved with the HKBU Master in Finance program and to share their industry perspective and experience with my class on Blockchain Security, and new industry challenges and trends like Decentralized Finance (DeFi). The cash prize will be an exciting way for our students to demonstrate their theory and practical knowledge.” - Adjunct Professor Jason Lau.

MSc in Finance (Fintech and Financial Analytics) partners with the International Association of Privacy Professionals to award the inaugural, “Westin Scholar Book Award”

We are delighted to have the International Association of Privacy Professionals ( sponsor a first of its kind award in Asia Pacific to honor the top student’s achievement for the best individual assignment submitted for the Cybersecurity, Privacy and RegTech class. In addition to a cash prize of USD1,000, the awardee will receive 2 years of complimentary IAPP membership, 3 exam vouchers for IAPP certification programs, 2 years unlimited access to virtual training for all IAPP certificate programs and a copy of the book “Privacy and Freedom” with a special nameplate inside describing the award.

“For IAPP, the intention of this award is not only to recognize a student’s accomplishments, but to help build the pipeline for the next generation of privacy professionals. Students appreciate the Cybersecurity course infused with industry-ready content and guest speakers from around the world to share real-world updates in the core areas of Cybersecurity, Privacy and RegTech in relation to FinTech. This award ensures that the student continues with a growth mindset to continue their journey into the workforce, equipped with privacy knowledge and a solid baseline for them to pursue the highly sought after IAPP certifications” said Regional Leader (Hong Kong) of IAPP and Adjunct Professor Jason Lau.

Our Fintech programme awarded 10 fellowship places for local students by the UGC’s fellowship scheme

The MSc in Finance (Fintech and Financial Analytics) [MScFIN] programme is listed as one of the recommended programmes in the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (“the Scheme”) by the University Grants Committee. It is one of the only twelve taught postgraduate R&I (Research and Innovation) programmes across the eight publicly-funded universities in Hong Kong recommended by the Scheme.

Starting from the 2020/21 academic year, 10 local students of the MScFIN programme with outstanding academic achievements, relevant professional qualifications and/or work experience as well as achievements in other areas will be considered for the Scheme. Each awarded student will be subject to a ceiling of HK$120,000 to subsidise the tuition fees.

IFTA FinTech Achievement Awards 2019

The IFTA Award is not merely a FinTech Award; it is a Finance and Technology Award, meaning projects related to Finance or Technology are also eligible. Some interesting yet often overlooked categories: Accounting Tech, Financial Planning Tech, HR Tech, Innovative Tech, PropTech, Reg-Tech, and 5G!