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Fintech consortium ties up with university

Bahrain Business
Fri, 20 Apr 2018

MANAMA: FinTech Consortium (FinCon) and Washington, DC-based Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business have announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on fintech innovation and education initiatives.

Possible collaborations include the development of fintech certificate and degree programmes, joint innovation labs, joint research and publication, and the exchange of fintech ecosystem data.

Furthermore, FinCon will facilitate faculty and student exchange programmes and provide complete access to its global hubs in Singapore and Bahrain for the purposes of research and academic residencies.

Georgetown McDonough is also home to the Georgetown Centre for Financial Markets and Policy.

This spring the school launched its first undergraduate fintech course, and regularly partners with the Digital Chamber of Commerce to present an annual Blockchain Summit. The centre also connects practitioners to scholarship.

“Whether it’s the education of the next generation of entrepreneurs or the retraining of an existing work force, the development of human talent is the most critical component of any fintech ecosystem,” said FinTech Consortium chairman Maissan Al Maskati.

Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business’s dean and William R. Berkley chair Paul Almeida who is an academic expert on innovation and strategy said: “We are pleased to partner with the FinTech Consortium to collaborate, innovate, and explore how to best adapt to the many opportunities presented by fintech.”