Students in new programme encouraged to be disruptive

29 October 2021 | News

The new Master of Fintech and Investment Management introduces students to the technology disrupting the financial services industry globally.

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Course coordinator, Senior Lecturer Dr Cuong Nguyen, said the shift to emerging financial technologies and digital assets was changing banking.

“The foundation of banking has been fundamentally outlived and financial services industry players must redefine themselves and find innovative ways to create economic growth in the future."

The rapid adoption of fintech worldwide has created escalating demand for trained professionals with both fintech and financial analysis skills.

It will also deal with the changing regulatory and legal financial landscape, cyber security and policy issues, online lending and wealth management investment management, software development, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and has a focus on agribusiness.

Dr Nguyen said the degree was ideal for those who have a conventional finance background and want to upskill, or a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated subject.

This course offers hands-on experience through industry placement in fintech-related firms, and lays the foundation for the globally recognised Chartered Financial Technologist (CFT) professional designation.

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Guest speakers are an integral part of the course, sharing their contemporary knowledge of the fast-moving industry as well as providing inspiration to students.

Dosh co-founder first industry speaker

Co-founder of Dosh, New Zealand’s first digital wallet start-up, Shane Marsh, sees part of his company’s mission as educating the local market on the use of products the rest of the world has in large already adopted.

He was the first speaker of the industry talks series for the Master of Fintech and Investment Management degree programme, and gave a rundown of what a digital wallet is and its benefits, an overview of fintech in New Zealand, including blockchain and real-time payments, and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

You can view the full video here 

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For more information on the Master of Fintech and Investment Management programme

What is fintech?

Fintech comes from "financial technology" .

New finance-based technologies and innovation strategies are revolutionising the global economy. Banking, investment and commerce are increasingly driven by the application of data, backed by transaction information held on new blockchain platforms.

Blockchain technologies are redefining workflows, global payments and prosperity creation, and fintech platforms streamline business activities, through mobile payments and money transfers, peer-to-peer lending, fundraising and crowd-sourcing.

It has led to the emergence of online lending and wealth management, specialised software development, big data utilisation, and machine learning and artificial intelligence in the financial sector.


Opportunities in fintech

The rapid adoption of fintech worldwide has created high demand for trained professionals with both fintech and financial analysis skills. A strong foundation in investment management plus fintech-related skills gives a clear advantage in career roles in New Zealand and overseas.

A strong foundation

The Master of Fintech and Investment Management gives you the strong foundation you need to take advantage of those opportunities.

It directly covers start-ups and venture capital, blockchain and cryptoassets, Cyber security and fintech regulations, machine learning and textual analysis, big data and data analytics, and financial computing with Python.

It ensures you are ready to enter the industry with its comprehensive coverage of topics such as databases and professionalism in the IT industry, software development, managerial research methods, compliance in finance, investment management, financial risk management and alternative investments.

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