University of Oxford launches online FinTech programme in SA

The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School has launched a new online FinTech programme to help meet the challenges of a rapidly changing financial services industry in South Africa.

The programme aims to help executives to both launch new FinTech ventures and harness new technology to build better financial services firms.

It does so by “examining current and emerging technologies around money and payments, markets and consumer experience, and explores key ideas, principles, and frameworks around RegTech, PropTech and social inclusion”.

This will include topics ranging from blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to crowdfunding and quantum computing, the University said in a statement.

Designed as a hands-on, experiential programme, it will be run by Nir Vulkan, associate professor of Business Economics at Oxford Saïd and David Shrier, business author and CEO of Distilled Analytics – both leading authorities on FinTech.

The programme also features academics from the UK and the US, and over 60 curated expert perspectives from banking and technology guest speakers such as Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Anne Boden, CEO at Starling Bank.

“Technology and the mobile revolution are rapidly transforming financial markets, institutions, and business models,” said Peter Tufano, dean and professor of finance at Saïd Business School.

“Drawing upon the expertise of leading academics and practitioners from Saïd Business School, our new digital FinTech programme, supported by GetSmarter, will provide entrepreneurs and executives with the insights and knowledge necessary to navigate this changing landscape, and adapt and progress in their careers.”

The programme will begin on 9th October, 2017, and run for 10 weeks in total.

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University of Oxford launches online FinTech programme in SA