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Welsh university offers fintech degree

Wrexham Glyndwr University becomes the latest education provider to launch a course in financial technology

A North Wales business school is the latest educational establishment to launch a course for potential financial technology (fintech) professionals.

The BSc (Hons) financial technology management course at Wrexham Glyndwr University will be full time over three years.

Course leader Anna Sung said the course would focus on the business skills needed to complement fintech. “Rather than teaching students the technologies behind the rise of fintech, the course will teach them how to generate new business ideas and create their own startup using the technologies available to them,” she said.

“We have designed the course with input from leaders of fintech companies across the world and the degree delivers exactly the kind of skills that they look for in potential new recruits.”

A steering group put in place for the course includes partners from an international recruitment firm, a senior manager at a Fortune 500 company, and others from an investment bank, said Sung.

Lloyd Powell, head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Cymru Wales, said: “As new technology brings new challenges and opportunities, it is vital that higher education can play a key part in delivering graduates equipped with the skills that employers will need.”

Last month, the University of Strathclyde announced that it is offering a Masters degree in financial technology to create the right skills base to support the financial services sector and Scotland’s fintech ambitions.

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The MSc in financial technology will be a 12-month course, with the first group beginning in September 2017. It will combine an academic curriculum with the entrepreneurship and innovation skills needed in the fintech sector, such as data analytics and regulation, as well as understanding technologies such as blockchain.

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