Over the past decade emerging technologies, paired with massive changes in regulations, have driven an unprecedented transformation of finance around the world. This process is happening more rapidly in China and Asia than anywhere else. This course is designed to explore fintech fundamentals and help make sense of this wave of change as it happens.
New players such as startups and technology firms are challenging traditional players in finance, bringing democratization, inclusion, and disruption. Companies engaged in social media, e-commerce, and telecommunications, as well as companies and startups with large customer data pools, creative energies, and technical capacities have brought competition to the existing financial infrastructure and are remaking the industry.
These transformations have not only created challenges but also unprecedented opportunities, building synergies with new business and regulatory models, particularly in emerging markets and developing countries. To meet these changes, 21st-century professionals and students must be equipped with up-to-date knowledge of the industry and its incredible evolution. This course — designed by HKU with the support of SuperCharger and the Centre for Finance, Technology and Education — is designed to enable learners with the necessary tools to understand the complex interaction of finance, technology, and regulation.
In this course, through a series of video lectures, case studies, and assessments you will explore the major areas of fintech, beginning with What is FinTech before turning to Money, Payment and Emerging Technologies, Digital Finance and Alternative Finance, FinTech Regulation and RegTech, Data and Security, and the Future of Data Driven Finance, as well as the core technologies driving fintech including blockchain, AI, and big data. These will set the stage for understanding the fintech landscape and ecosystem and grappling with the potential direction of future change.
Topics of study
The major areas in fintech, including money and payment, digital finance, and alternative finance
Major technological trends, including cryptocurrencies, blockchain, AI, and big data
Fintech regulation and regtech
The fundamental role of data and security in data-driven finance
Business and regulatory implications of technology for the financial industry
How regulations and regtech are applied
Ways to analyze and evaluate what is driving technology innovation in finance
How new technology impacts economies, markets, companies, and individuals
About the University of Hong Kong
Established in 1911, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the territory's oldest institute of higher learning. For more than a century, the university has committed itself to creating knowledge, providing education, and serving society. It has grown with Hong Kong, and generations of its graduates have helped shape the city from which the university takes its name. Today, HKU is internationally renowned as a research-led comprehensive university, with frontier research endeavours and scholarly achievements that have won it worldwide acclaim.
As a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, HKU strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through its excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, and its contributions to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through global presence, regional significance, and engagement with the rest of China.