The BVI will soon launch a customised FinTech course, through the collaboration between the Financial Services Institute (FSI) at HLSCC, BVI Finance, and the National University of Singapore (NUS), Department of Computer Studies.
The online programme that is proposed to launch in August is designed to support the development of FinTech professionals in the BVI. Participants will receive professional certifications from NUS School of Computing.
The upcoming FinTech course was introduced to the BVI public via a virtual information session on April 28 and facilitated by BVI Finance CEO Elise Donovan, FSI Director Dr. Derry Hodge, and NUS Professor Keith Carter.
The three-tiered course begins with a two-week introduction that addresses the importance of FinTech and an overview of the sector. The course then explores programming and development for six weeks. The final tier involves traineeship where the BVI companies are partnering with the programme to provide students hands-on practice for one to four months. In this phase, participants may explore various projects including digital payments, Robo-Fund advisory, Blockchain Real Estate, Crypto Exchange, process automation, blockchain insurance, digital exchanges infrastructure, and consumer behavior analytics.
Course instruction will be done via Zoom and class dates and times will soon been finalised.
In introducing Wednesday’s presentation, CEO Donovan said that the BVI’s cryptocurrency market is among the largest in the world, adding that leading FinTech companies have chosen to incorporate in the BVI.
The CEO noted that while FinTech and other digital services have been growing exponentially, there is a gap between what the industry needs in terms of talent or human capital, and what talent can be sourced in the BVI.
Ms. Donovan then explained that the FinTech course is one of the first steps in bridging the gap which will allow the BVI to further grow the sector and become more tech savvy and on par with countries like Singapore.
The FinTech programme targets new graduates and mid-career professionals who are looking to upskill. The overall objective of the course is to develop the BVI FinTech ecosystem and enable local talent to compete globally.
To that end, Dr. Hodge said the course is, “absolutely designed to prepare persons for careers in Fintech or to diversify their portfolio”.
Professor Carter said that the course reflects the developments of the future. He said, “This is now acutely known as digital transformation...it’s about going into the future, creating more jobs than ever before, and having really exciting inflections in history; not that we have seen since the 1920’s and 1930’s with the introduction of electricity, telephone and cars.”
For more information, contact the Financial Services Institute via telephone 284-340-6310 and 284-340-6322 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, Derry.Hodge@fsibvi.com.
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