UCT Launches An Online Course Examining The Rise Of FinTech Companies

Participants will gain insight into the new regulatory environment, globally and in emerging markets.

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Blockchain digital chain with blocks connection shape. dencg / Shutterstock.com
Blockchain digital chain with blocks connection shape. dencg / Shutterstock.com

UCT has launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the rise of FinTech and FinTech regulation in emerging markets that will broaden the number of people able to access knowledge and expertise in this fast-growing new field.

The four-week course is being offered on Coursera, an online learning platform, which has 33 million users.

Participants can study on their own time without having to travel to a university to attend lectures or write exams.

The MOOC is a collaborative effort between AIFMRM and UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT).

AIFMRM is a postgraduate teaching and research institute and is part of the Faculty of Commerce at UCT. It focuses on quantitative finance, risk management and financial technology offering three Master’s degrees and several online short courses directed at working professionals.

Speaking at the launch of the MOOC, CILT Director Laura Czerniewicz said, “Coursera had a call for proposals in fintech, and we are honoured to have been chosen to work in this area. We had something original to contribute in terms of emerging markets. This MOOC is an ideal way to engage with fast-movers and new developments in the industry. It offers an intense, short, flexible way of getting to grips with a new field.”

UCT’s course titled Financial regulation in emerging markets and the rise of FinTech companies is open to everyone, there are no entry requirements – just an interest in this exciting field. Financial aid is available to cover the cost of the course.

“It will be of benefit to students, entrepreneurs, professionals in the financial services or fintech industries and anyone who wants to join the trailblazers and movers and shakers in the fintech revolution,” says Associate Professor Georg.

The course analyses the causes and repercussions of major financial crises such as the great depression of 1929 and the global crisis of 2008. It also explains new technologies, including blockchain, which has fuelled the emergence of FinTech companies around the world.

Participants will gain insight into the new regulatory environment, globally and in emerging markets.

Monica Singer, from the incubator Consensys, encourages entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers to get involved and learn about this new field. She says, “you don’t need to be an expert to change the world! If you believe in something, and you have an exciting idea then follow your instinct – just do it! Blockchain will change everything – the future is here. Get involved.”

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