HKU-SCF FinTech Academy to Offer First Ever Full Scholarships in FinTech to Undergraduates for Grooming Outstanding Local Students
The University of Hong Kong – Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Community Foundation (HKU-SCF) FinTech Academy announced the first ever full scholarships in FinTech to local undergraduate students on the basis of academic merit in the upcoming academic year (2020-21).
Starting from the next academic year, HKU will offer up to eight undergraduate scholarships annually, each at the value of HK$50,000, including two full scholarships of up to HK$200,000 for the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Financial Technology [BASc(FinTech)].
For postgraduate students who plan to study Master of Science in Financial Technology and Data Analytics[MSc(FTDA)] in 2021, and Master of Science in Computer Science (Financial Computing Stream) [MSc(CompSc) Financial Computing Stream] in 2020, the number of entrance scholarships will be up to five annually, each at the value of HK$60,000.
“FinTech is a fast growing industry which is hungering for talents with sound interdisciplinary knowledge. Our FinTech programmes rightly cater for the needs of the industry and will nurture talents with knowledge in the areas of computer science, business and regulatory technology, etc. The scholarships help attract elite students who will be supporting the future development of FinTech in Hong Kong and other parts of the world,” Professor Christopher Chao, Dean of HKU Engineering said.
These brand-new scholarships in FinTech is one of the initiatives of the HKU-SCF FinTech Academy established in April this year with a HK$60M support from the Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Community Foundation.
The programme combines subjects on computing, finance, and policies and regulations to give students a thorough grounding in the FinTech discipline. Besides discipline focus courses, students are also required to take 3 cross-disciplinary courses which focus on leadership training, foundation of knowledge and data analysis. Moreover, there will be internship opportunities for students to put theory into practice.