Fintech to produce graduates of the future

WITH an aim to create the generation of tomorrow and equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge for a digitally driven economy, Taylor’s University launched its latest degree in Bachelor in Accounting (Fintech)(Honours), which is designed to give graduates a comprehensive look into accounting and financial technology.

The three-year dual award degree programme, launched in collaboration with the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, will blend the fundamentals of accounting with innovative and technology-focused modules to future proof graduates for exciting roles in the ever-evolving financial technology sector.

The recent virtual launch of Taylor’s University’s Bachelor in Accounting (Fintech)(Honours) was attended by New Zealand charge d’affaires Aidan Beckket and Canterbury Business School University head Prof Paul Ballantine.

‘Financial inclusion will be key to support Malaysia’s digital and technological revolution,’ said Taylor’s University deputy vice chancellor and chief academic officer Prof Dr Pradeep Nair.

“As we speed towards our digital transformation journey in light of the Government’s MyDigital initiative, financial inclusion will be key to support Malaysia’s digital and technological revolution.

“This includes adapting new technologies to conventional streams of finance like accounting and building an effective talent pool who are then able to effectively spearhead new innovations within this industry in the near future,” said Prof Dr Pradeep Nair, Taylor’s University deputy vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

The one-of-a-kind Taylor’s Bachelor in Accounting (Fintech)(Honours) is the first degree programme in Malaysia that enables graduates to specialise in fintech at undergraduate level, unlocking key career opportunities for aspiring accountants.

“Today we are exposed to multiple new technologies like blockchain, cryptocurrency, cloud networks and artificial intelligence that are transforming the financial services industry.

“Keeping this in mind, our latest degree offerings present an amalgamation of fundamental theories and applications in accounting along with providing graduates a strong grasp on relevant technology and sufficient industry knowledge at the undergraduate level itself,” said Assoc Prof Dr Nor Shaipah Abdul Wahab, acting head of school for the School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business and Law at Taylor’s University.

The industry-ready accounting degree will cover key areas in financial accounting, management accounting, audit and assurance, corporate governance, taxation, corporate finance, information systems, blockchain, financial technology and innovation.

Together, these skills will create a strong foundation in finance and technology enabling graduates to meet industry requirements from various organisations such as the Big Four accounting firms, banking and financial services, multinational corporations, public and government agencies.

Taylor’s latest degree in accounting will endow graduates with skills applicable in a global scenario via their collaboration with University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Not only will the Taylor’s latest degree in accounting focus on the local landscape but will also endow graduates with skills applicable in a global scenario via their collaboration with University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Through this partnership, graduates can choose to transfer in the final year of the programme to University of Canterbury and will receive awards from both Taylor’s University and the partner institution upon graduation.

Alternatively, students who remain in Taylor’s for the full course of the programme, will receive a single award from the institution.

Sharpening their skills in financial analytics and technology, students will also be able to access the Taylor’s trading room with Bloomberg terminals and stand an opportunity to obtain a Bloomberg certification.

This is the first industry partnership of its kind in Malaysia that not only enhances professional skills but also improves graduate employability.

Along with an emphasis on classroom learning, the programme will include two internships during the coursework, providing much-needed exposure to real time industry requirements.

Ensuring that students can acquire internships at top firms and learn from reputed industry mentors, Taylor’s has built strong partnerships and collaborations with organisations like Deloitte, Ernst &Young, KPMG, CIMB, Maybank, Finology and Fundaztic.

Find out how financial technology will transform the accountants’ role, by visiting the Taylor’s website.

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