Oxford University, GetSmarter launch fintech programme


The Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and South African e-learning company GetSmarter have launched a new online fintech programme that helps executives launch new fintech ventures and harness new technology to build better financial services firms.

The programme examines current and emerging technologies around money and payments, markets and consumer experience, and explores key ideas, principles, and frameworks around regtech, proptech and social inclusion.

It covers topics ranging from blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to crowdfunding and quantum computing.  

“Technology and the mobile revolution are rapidly transforming financial markets, institutions, and business models. Drawing upon the expertise of leading academics and practitioners from Saïd Business School, our new digital fintech programme, supported by GetSmarter, will provide entrepreneurs and executives with the insights and knowledge necessary to navigate this changing landscape, and adapt and progress in their careers,” said Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean and professor of finance at Saïd Business School.

Rob Paddock, chief academic officer and co-founder of GetSmarter, said the fintech programme was further validation of the company’s technology that ensures students get the same quality of education online as they would in person.

“We are honoured and proud to be working with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, one of the world’s oldest and most respected institutions, on this dynamic, new online fintech open programme. Students will  learn from internationally-recognised Saïd faculty, who bring hands-on industry experience and expertise to the curriculum and programme development, while utilising our Online Campus – a user-friendly, collaborative, people-mediated approach to online learning design,” he said.

Designed as a hands-on, experiential programme, it is being run by Nir Vulkan, associate professor of business economics at Oxford Saïd, and David Shrier, business author and chief executive officer (CEO) of Distilled Analytics.

The programme also features academics from the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), and over 60 curated expert perspectives from banking and technology guest speakers such as Sopnendu Mohanty, chief fintech officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Anne Boden, CEO at Starling Bank.

The programme will begin on October 9 and run for 10 weeks in total.


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