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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

FinTech Foundations and Overview

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera


Our primary goal is to help you to understand FinTech and to become more confident and persuasive in your ability to analyze and make recommendations to executives within the finance industry regarding how to react to these changes.

This FIRST MOOC ON FINTECH IN ASIA-PACIFIC offered by HKUST presents the insight of several professors from the top business school in Asia as well as perspectives from industry professionals. HKUST has been ranked for many years as the No.1 EMBA program in the world, as the number one Finance program in Asia, and as the top MBA program in Asia by multiple independent rating and review journals and surveys.

This course "FinTech Foundations and Overview" offers the combined strengths of HKUST in Business, Finance, and Technology as one the world's leading academic institutions on an important area of technology and business innovations. For learners from outside Asia, this also gives an insight into changes happening in the most advanced FinTech markets of the world, since Asia leads worldwide in FinTech adoption and creative innovations.


  • Introduction to FinTech
    • In this module (week one), students will gain a multi-dimensional perspective on what FinTech means from the perspective of large firms (and older participants in the industry - e.g. dinosaurs), entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. Examining what FinTech is, or is not, provides a foundations upon which students can build for better understanding of opportunities and changes.
  • FinTech Business Applications
    • The Business Applications of FinTech are essentially the Fin part of the FinTech world, and in this module, we will examine applications across six categories of FinTech, including lending and personal finance, crowd-finding and business financing, payments and retail transactions, equity, trading and investment applications, various types of cryptocurrencies, and banking infrastructure and tools.
  • The Tech of FinTech
    • The Technology enabling and supporting FinTech is important to understand, and this module provides a brief introduction to each of the areas of technology that enable FinTech business changes, including identity and privacy technologies, blockchain and encryption, big data analytics, AI and automation, and consumer tech innovations. This introduction is designed to be at a level appropriate for business managers or students of business, and is not intended to excite or engage tech geeks.
  • FinTech Implications for Established Business
    • Building on our understanding of FinTech market applications and FinTech technologies, we move in this module to examine the implications of FinTech changes and challenges for existing financial services companies, and we look at current and future trends in FinTech world-wide. This module concludes, after the final quiz, with a final course project in which students will present their recommendations for senior managers of a large, established Asia-Pacific bank to take advantage of and respond to FinTech challenges and opportunities.

Taught by

Theodore Henry King CLARK


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  • Cletus Okibe Ogah
    Very engaging online course as if you were actually present in person with the course facilitator and other important guest speakers .

    Presented in a simple and well articulated discussion that promotes insights and imaginative curiosity into the possibilities of FinTech and its associated blockchain technology capabilities.

    I enjoyed every time of it.

    Thanks Prof!
  • Anonymous
    The best part about this course is you get a series of guests and interview portions. You see the banter and the professor being a good moderator and challenging different experts. It is done logically and offered such good insights. The professor was able to show pros and cons in a very objective manner. Definitely a must for beginners dabbling on FinTech!
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  • Anonymous
    It is well designed course. Every helpful to the beginners. All the video's are excellently done since good information is provided. Every week the quiz is apt to the notes provided. The project work is very research oriented. lt is more of research oriented. It helps is gaining overall knowledge on usage of Fintech across the world. Reviewing the project is an excellent task. It gives us an idea how different learners views differently about the Fintech world.
  • Anonymous
    This course really give a great foundational overview on the field of FinTech. The interactions with guest speakers are also a great pro of this course, giving us specific and professional knowledge and insights on corresponding aspects of FinTech, especially Pr. Hilton Chan and Joshua. I would love to see them more often in coming courses. I would highly recommendation this course to anyone who would like to get more ideas about this industry.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very interesting. The material presented was informative and interesting. The presenter was knowledgeable in the topics presented. However sometimes his delivery was not too interesting. Also when there were guest lecturers at times he seemed to interrupt and interject a lot.
    Overall this was a good course and I recommend it as a basic overview of fintech.
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me in understanding the overviews of Fintech, This was very useful to me.I'm delighted to have this course offered.I appreciate the format and set up of the course. The videos are very well done. Coursera was extremely easy to use.The sections were easy to understand, the professor engaging it.Coursera, is the best way to learn online. It is efficient. Many of the courses can be downloaded also and that helps a lot when travelling. The instructors speak clearly too and they make a lot of sense.

  • Ranjana Chaturvedi
    The Course was on Fintech Foundation and Overview the topics covered in this course was well defined and easy to understand the concepts on the Banking, Finance and mainly Blockchains Cryptocurrency and Bitcoins Etc..
    The Trainer was well Trained in the concepts and ideas to explain the topics i enjoyed the session thoroughly. Thank You Sir.
  • Anonymous
    This is an excellent course which is useful for anybodyt and everybody who wants to make a career in fintech domain, we get to learn how fintech is disrupting the market using various technologies and how traditional companies are losing out on edge, from the newer companies, for e,g like Alipay and wechat
  • Anonymous
    Course has been structured in an excellent way to deliver idea or built foundation on Fintech industry and current market trends. It not only aims at delivery of lectures or presentation but also incorporates real world examples by interviewing key people associated with different stream of Fintec Industry.

    Overall its a good course to built a foundation of Fintech industry and its application.
  • Hardesh Handa
    I must say it a fantastic course which provides a 360* view of Fintech and can be attended by both a Tech as well as Non tech Person to know about the Fundamentals of Fintech.
  • Anonymous
    Its very useful course and it talks about the future of the finance ana big financial firms
    And about the application of fin and fintech
    That can be the best
  • Anonymous
    The course is a very relevant learning experience, especially for those of us in the Accounting and Finance industry. Thank you so much!
  • Anonymous
    Thanks for this course its very help full and clear to understand from other culture and not just for the English native or speakers.
  • Anonymous
    The course provide a good understanding of Fintech technology and how fintech is revolutionizing finance sector.
  • Anonymous
    one of the finest class of course
    you get more what you expect from this course. I really love this course. And i also take next course from this specilization
  • Anonymous
    it was the Fantastic journey while learning i like it very much i will going to do more and more courses on coursera and enlightened myself with knowledge
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course has positively added to my knowledge base on Fintech technologies. The overview and application. Financial Technology is changing the traditional way of banking. Even banks nowadays have to change their strategy to embrace Fintech in the provision of their financial solutions to the general public for them to remain viable and profitable in this competition stif economy. Provision of Fintech is what cheaper, convenient as fast. It is also bringing on board the unbaked sector
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course presentation and well carved to suit my learning ability. After taking the course and completing the research project, I now have a broad understanding on the advantages and disadvantages of financial technology and how the business is now growing to attract lots of investment opportunities. Most of the huge players in the banking industries are paying key attention to the development of fintech and are as well taking advantage of the opportunities to expand their operation and remain relevant as competitors redesign their strategies to cope with the reality of contemporary demands for digital financial services and applications around the world
  • Anonymous
    Our primary goal is to help you to understand FinTech and to become more confident and persuasive in your ability to analyze and make recommendations to executives within the finance industry regarding how to react to these changes. This FIRST MOOC ON...

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