SuperCharger And CFTE Partners With Asia Pacific University Of Technology And Innovation To Launch Malaysia’s First Academic FinTech Qualification
Kuala Lumpur, Nov 29, 2018 – SuperCharger, CFTE & Asia Pacific University today signed an MoA to add financial technology to the syllabus during the SuperCharger Accelerator Demo Day at the annual SCxSC FinTech Conference held at the Securities Commision Malaysia, Bukit Kiara.
As part of the collaboration, SuperCharger, along with the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship, have created multiple FinTech modules that will be taught to students taking their Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance as a specialisation in Q1 2019, with the syllabus to be expanded to other bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Information Technology by late 2019.
The new FinTech modules have been designed to equip students with a full overview of the financial technology landscape. Subjects include data mining and predictive analytics, digital currencies and blockchain technologies, crowd-funding and alternative lending, robo-advisory and entrepreneurial finance.
Both parties have also announced the APU SuperCharger FinTech Academy – a first of its kind FinTech research lab situated on Asia Pacific University’s new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil. Through the Academy, FinTech related projects and ideas will be developed in parallel with industry experts, financial institutions and academia.
“The signing of this MoA between APU and SuperCharger is a very significant development, as APU would be among the first institutions in the region to offer a truly industry-driven FinTech curriculum to its students,” said Datuk Parmjit Singh, CEO of the APIIT Education Group.
“This is also in line with APU’s continued mission to embed the most industry-relevant content into its programme offerings and to provide its students with exposure to real-world technologies and practices.”
“Through this collaboration, APU’s graduates will be ready to meet the needs of a rapidly disrupted Financial Services industry in Malaysia and internationally, where the ability to develop innovative ideas and to employ state-of-the-art technologies as part of next-generation financial solutions are becoming increasingly essential. By working together with Supercharger to deliver high-quality content in this area and to undertake out high impact research and development in FinTech, APU is well-positioned to contribute towards Malaysia’s aspiration to be the fastest growing FinTech hub in Asia.”
The APU SuperCharger FinTech Academy is slated to be operational in early 2019 and will aim to provide a steady stream of industry-ready graduates for Malaysian financial institutions, corporates and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) who have a shortage of technical talent. Both the financial services sector and the FinTech industry face mounting concerns about attracting and retaining specialised talent that can combine both the financial and digital skill-sets required to developed innovative new technologies.
“Human capital needs to be considered as equally important to financial capital when it comes to developing a healthy FinTech ecosystem,” said Janos Barberis, Founder of SuperCharger.
“With today’s partnership with CFTE and APU, we are investing in tomorrow’s high demand for FinTech talent that will come from both corporates and start-ups.”
“Malaysia is quickly establishing itself as one of the fastest-growing FinTech hubs in the region and this partnership only aims to accentuate that rise,” said Johnny Mayo, the Asia General Manager for SuperCharger.
“With both the public and private sector increasingly invested in financial technology, academia was the missing piece of the puzzle to ensure the sustainable growth of the industry.”