HKUST Hosts First University Fintech Education Forum


The Big Data Institute (BDI) of HKUST co-hosted the first ever University Fintech Education Forum with partners Financial Data Technologies Ltd (FDT) and Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA).

Speakers in the forum include many prominent figures in the fintech and big data industry, such as Qifeng Liu, Co-founder and CEO of FDT-AI, Henry Ma, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Webank, Ying Yan, Lead researcher from Microsoft Research,  James Lei, Acting Director of ASTRI, and Yang Qiang, Head of Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and Director of the Big Data Institute.

In his opening address, President Prof Tony F Chan emphasizes the importance of the synergy between fintech and big data/AI research in a rapidly changing world. “Societies that response quickly will see their economy stay ahead and competitive in this digital age.”

HKUST, in Prof Chan’s view, is in a great position to take the lead in the development of fintech. “Big Data and AI education programs and research are in high demand,” he said. “HKUST has the institutes, the professors, the expertise and the partners to take the lead. By working together we will make sure Hong Kong stays in the forefront of fintech.”

In addition to keynote speeches, the forum also featured a panel discussion, research demonstrations by our students, and the introduction of BeeVest Plan by FDT.

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