A consortium of finance and technology players have inked an agreement to launch Malaysia’s first academic qualification to include Fintech modules.
SuperCharger, Asia Pacific University (APU) and the Centre for Finance Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) collaborated to create multiple Fintech modules as part of the Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance.
The modules will be taught from the first quarter of next year.
The syllabus will also be expanded to Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Information Technology, by late 2019.
The Fintech modules will include subjects on data mining, predictive analytics, digital currencies, blockchain technologies, crowdfunding and alternative lending, robo-advisory, and entrepreneurial finance.
APIIT Education group chief executive officer Datuk Parmjit Singh said the collaboration would ensure that APU graduates will be ready to meet the needs of a rapidly disrupted financial services industry.
SuperCharger Asia general manager Johnny Mayo says, “Most who are aware of Fintech have gone on this journey themselves, though globally there aren’t many people who are certified,” he told The Star, adding that the programme focuses on evergreen fundamentals of the tech rather “flash in the pan” trends.
During the ceremony SuperCharger and APU also announced the APU SuperCharger FinTech Academy, a Fintech research lab that will be based at APU’s campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil.
SuperCharger is a Fintech accelerator with offices in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, while APU is a private university that offers degree programmes in Computing & Technology, Engineering, Business, Finance and Design.
The trio signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) at the closing of the Securities Commission Malaysia’s SCxSC FinTech Conference.