Bendigo Bank to co-develop fintech degree at Swinburne University

Posted: 14 May 2019 7:00 am News

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The course director believes it will move the Master's degree "beyond the hype".

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank have extended their current partnership to Swinburne University's recently launched fintech degree, with the bank now co-creating and co-delivering the Master of Financial Technology with Swinburne. The new collaboration is an extension of Bendigo Bank's and Swinburne's Community Bank, located at the university, which sees profits invested back into the Swinburne community including scholarships, funding grants and infrastructure projects.

The Master of Financial Technology program started the first semester in 2019. According to the Master of FinTech Dr Dimitrios Salampasis, students will benefit greatly by being taught by leaders in the fintech space.

"Bendigo Bank will contribute to our students gaining the best of both worlds with industry practitioners – known as pracademics – teaching alongside Swinburne academics," Dr Salampasis said. "This practical application provides the ultimate innovative learning experience for our students in terms of relevance and professional exposure to a wide network of capabilities."

The course will teach students about emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence while helping them translate them into innovative business models. Due to the fast-changing nature of the industry, Dr Salampasis says the course is centred on industry case studies.

"Our approach to fintech education encompasses the applied study of data-oriented, smart technologies and provides our students with comprehensive knowledge and specific, functional skills," Dr Salampasis said.

"Partnering with Bendigo Bank allows us to move beyond the hype and develop a cutting-edge fintech curriculum. Guest speakers, real-life case studies, on-site events, access to data, work-integrated learning and applied projects are just a few of the opportunities to arise from this co-creation model."

Head of University Partnerships at Bendigo Bank David Tudor said the advent of the new course will equip students with practical skills and real-world experiences that they can draw on to accelerate their learning and career development.

"The co-designed and co-delivered course will also help us build on our own knowledge base and internal capability, improve productivity and customer experience, and assist in accelerating our vision to be Australia's bank of choice."

You can find out more about the course on the Swinburne University website.

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