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14.10.2019

Changing the System

In driving Hong Kong’s burgeoning multidisciplinary fintech sector, the launch of the MSc in Fintech program will provide students with a prime opportunity to enhance their career opportunities in a new sector that continues to change the global financial system.

Jointly offered by the Schools of Business and Management, Engineering, and Science, it is the first time the three Schools have combined their strengths to create a new degree program designed to prepare professionals and entrepreneurs to play a leading role in Hong Kong's evolving fintech environment.

Offered as a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time study-mode option, a key aim of the Program is to provide students with fundamental knowledge to enhance their competitiveness by improving their abilities to formulate, analyze and solve fintech-related challenges. As the fintech field covers all areas of the financial landscape, the Program combines statistics and data analytics skills from the School of Science, expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning from the School of Engineering, and finance and management knowledge from the School of Business and Management.

Understand rapidly evolving financial markets

As someone who believes strongly in lifelong learning, Irene LO, Director, Governance and Control, Corporate Partnerships, Retail Banking (Hong Kong) at Standard Chartered Bank, says the MSc in Fintech Program will enable her to keep pace with developments in the sector while adding value to her existing competencies. “I believe the Program will help me contribute innovative ideas, and find new ways of doing things, which provide benefits to our customers and our business,” says Lo.

Having recently completed her MSc in Corporate Governance, Lo says she is looking forward to exploring the various ways that technology and big data can be utilized. In particular, Lo says she is looking forward to using insights gained in the classroom, for example, big data knowledge, to implement customer-centric products and solutions based on customer behavior.

“With in-depth understanding of customer behavior, we can see the bigger picture, and predict 'next best actions' to deliver tailored products and services,” explains Lo. Networking with fellow students and exchanging ideas about new ways to address financial challenges will be another highlight of her new learning journey, Lo adds.

Learning from industry links

LIM Tay Her, an experienced equity portfolio manager and former oil and gas process engineer, says the Program provides him with additional competencies to further his career. “I believe the Program will provide me with a competitive edge in the profession,” Lim says. “I am looking forward to developing new skills and acquiring knowledge that I can use to solve emerging fintech challenges.”

Lim says the Program stands out because of its many unique features. “The cross-disciplinary collaboration between the three Schools really is a key strength of the Program,” notes Lim, who believes his fintech skills will compliment his engineering and analytical skills. “It’s about building a strong foundation of knowledge and a set of skills which will allow me to capitalize on challenges and opportunities,” says Lim.

Lim says visits to companies pioneering the use of fintech, where students are able to engage with senior managers, executives and entrepreneurs, are another benefit of the Program. Students will also participate in workshops and speaker events to help them keep up with developments in the industry.

While the mature nature of the traditional finance industry means that many challenges have been solved, the new world of fintech presents a myriad of areas to explore, Lim says. Specifically, Lim is interested in applying fintech-related analytics, machine learning, and big data to speed up the equity research and investment process.  

First Class Profile 

  • Total Enrollment: 58
  • Gender: 32 (Male) & 26 (Female)
  • No. of Nationalities: 7