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Top Blockchain University: National University of Singapore


“The National University of Singapore (NUS) provides a variety of blockchain and crypto-related courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as programs for continuing education. Course titles include “Blockchain Engineering” and “AI, Blockchain and Quantum Computing.”

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Collaboration between NUS and Stellar Development Foundation

The National University of Singapore (NUS) FinTech Lab and the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organisation that supports growing the open-source Stellar network, agreed to work on financial technology (FinTech) educational initiatives.

Supported by a generous gift from the Stellar Next-Gen program, the partnership will explore using blockchain and digital currencies to address societal challenges.

We are excited to collaborate with the NUS FinTech Lab on this opportunity to advance blockchain education and innovation in Singapore,” said Justin Rice, VP of Ecosystem at the Stellar Development Foundation. “The NUS FinTech Lab provides excellent resources for both industry practitioners and aspiring entrepreneurs, and working with them will give a new crop of students a chance to develop on Stellar and build the future of finance.”

“Digitisation is essential for enterprises to succeed, and it is crucial to provide companies with a foundation of talented people who have domain knowledge and experiences.” said Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS School of Computing and Chairman of the NUS FinTech Lab Advisory Board.

“We provide experiential learning, and donations like this go toward inspiring mid-career professionals and fresh graduates to start exciting careers in FinTech,” said Associate Professor (Practice) Keith B. Carter, Director of the NUS FinTech Lab.


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The Stellar Development Foundation Launches Initiative to Accelerate Blockchain Education

Today, the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) announced the launch of Stellar Next-Gen, an initiative to foster the growth and development of tomorrow’s business leaders and developers. SDF will collaborate with universities and other educational institutions worldwide to support and promote efforts that further SDF’s mission to create equitable access to the global financial system.

Stellar Next-Gen will support top academic programs and organizations such as Blockchain at Berkeley, University College of London’s Centre of Blockchain Technologies, and the National University of Singapore’s Fintech Lab.


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New NUS Digital Transformation Course to Enhance Digital Skills of Toyama Prefecture Government Employees

A customised 10-week course covering digital transformation designed by NUS will soon equip employees of the Toyama Prefecture government in Japan with critical skills to play a larger role in digital transformation and FinTech.

The online programme, called Japan Go Digital!, was developed jointly by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and NUS FinTech Lab for the Toyama Prefecture government, in coordination with the Governor of Toyama Prefecture, Mr Hachiro Nitta. It is taught by Associate Professor (Practice) Keith B. Carter from NUS Computing’s Advanced Computing for Executives (ACE) Centre, Adjunct Professor Kotaro Tamura from the Executive Education arm of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) , and other distinguished guest lecturers.



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FEATURE-Salaries to remittances: Afghans embrace crypto amid financial chaos

Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Roya Mahboob began paying her staff and freelancers in Afghanistan in bitcoin nearly 10 years ago, little did she know that for some of these women the digital currency would be their ticket out of the country after the fall of Kabul in August.

Mahboob, a founder of the non-profit Digital Citizen Fund along with her sister, taught thousands of girls and women basic computer skills in their centres in Herat and Kabul. Women also wrote blogs and made videos for which they were paid in cash.


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NUS Computing Professors Win Annual Digital Education and Annual Teaching Excellence Awards

Assistant Professor Harold Soh, along with Associate Professors Keith Carter, Heng Cheng Suang and Tan Wee Kek won the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA), while Associate Professor Martin Henz and his team jointly won the Annual Digital Education Award (ADEA).

The ATEA recognises faculty members who have adopted good teaching practices, in areas such as instruction, educational design, and assessment, while the ADEA is awarded to those who have developed innovative ways to incorporate technology into teaching.



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‘Tech-lite’ Roles in ICT Sector Also Need to be Filled: Josephine Teo

Associate Professor Keith Carter, from the National University of Singapore’s School of Computing, said the common misconception is that it is hard to get into the technology sector.

People who are interested to get into the sector should think about how their background can help them to succeed in this sector. “We need everyone,” he added.


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DigiConnect @ Pioneer – Financial Literacy

“Great to partner NUS FinTech Lab led by Keith Carter and team and our two special guest speakers Samuel Rhee from Endowus and Yeap Ming Feng from Seedly as we shared and engaged with more then 150 highly engaged participants at our first of a series on FinTech on the topic of Financial Literacy.”


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How organisations can achieve digital transformation successfully from Singapore’s first CIO

For organisations to stay relevant in the digital age, leveraging digital technology becomes essential. This means that the role of a Chief Information Officer or CIO is now more critical than ever. Alex Siow, Professor, School of Computing, National University of Singapore shares his experience as Singapore’s first CIO and share tips on how organisations can achieve digital transformation successfully.

MoneyFM89.3 invited Prof Alex Siow to talk about digital disruption and how organizations can achieve digital transformation successfully, The discussion also touched on how IT professionals can help SMEs become digital.



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Announcing UBRI’s New Podcast from Ripple: All About Blockchain

We are proud and thrilled to share the latest release of University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) Podcast with the title All About Blockchain. An educational initiative by our major sponsor Ripple, these podcast series highlight their global scholars’ adaptive research and applications being built on blockchain.

The first few episodes dive into blockchain for good, featuring academics using blockchain technology to solve real challenges found in the healthcare, energy and livestock agriculture sectors.

NUS FinTech Lab Featured in The Business Times’ Article

Starting with the Singapore FinTech Festival, The NUS FinTech Lab, in partnership with Endowus, Grab Finance, The Fifth Person, and Seedly, will be launching financial literacy at hawker centers with a goal of reaching out to people of all walks of life.

Associate Professor (Practice) Keith B. Carter, Director of the NUS FinTech Lab, explains: “The programme aims to empower those with little to no financial literacy, equipping them with the basic knowledge required to make sound judgments from budgeting to investing, all the way to retirement. For those who are already equipped with financial know-how as well as an interest in fintech, the programme will provide training and mentorship with partners like Endowus, to accelerate the acquisition of expertise and encourage careers in fintech.”


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LongHash Venture Collaboration with NUS FinTech Lab

The blockchain ecosystem thrives on a sense of community, and we’re excited to share our latest partnership with NUS FinTech Lab. The opportunity to engage with and in turn enrich the journey of students and graduates from a recognized education institution of caliber is one of the many ways we hope to nurture the next generation of talent, a vision we are proud to share with the lab. Singapore is one of the core innovation hubs in Asia, and being future-ready will allow us to truly embrace the digital economy and succeed in this age.


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Our Graduate Featured in ZaoBao

洪梓颖: 新心相连助我看见梦想

新加坡国立大学应届毕业生洪梓颖持有工商管理文凭,但他却想踏入金融科技领域,因此决定在毕业后参加强化课程提升自己,如今通过“新心相连”毕业生实习计划(SGUnited Traineeship Programme),在本地一家银行的金融科技部门担任培训生。

国大商学院工商管理毕业生洪梓颖(26岁)毕业后梦想在金融科技领域工作,但却缺乏相关的学业背景和工作经验,所以在毕业后决定参加国大新开办的国大—新加坡金融科技计划(NUS-FinTechSG Programme)。



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The New Shortcut into a Singapore FinTech Job

This article highlights the different path to getting a job in the Singapore FinTech Industry. This can include getting good grades, having multiple internships or securing a graduate training programme. If you are currently a student and is looking into venturing into the FinTech Industry, click on the link below to understand more about the topic mention.


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Just two months ago, Mr Na Yi Rong had little to no knowledge of Financial Technology (FinTech). The Engineering Science graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) is now working full time as a product management lead at a local FinTech start-up, after receiving the job offer when he was participating in the NUS-FinTechSG Programme. Jointly developed by the NUS FinTech Lab and Strategic Technology Management Institute (STMI), the programme was launched on 6 July 2020 to nurture Singapore’s next generation of FinTech talents and full stack developers.


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The NUS FinTech Lab has done a study about Singapore’s government funding avaiable for MNCs, SMEs and Professionals. To find out more, click on the “Read more” button below.


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The NUS School of Computing launched the NUS-FinTechSG Programme on 6 July 2020. Offered by the NUS FinTech Lab and Strategic Technology Management Institute (STMI), this new programme aims to nurture Singapore’s next generation of Financial Technology (FinTech) talents and full stack developers. Students will also learn about front-end and back-end development, cloud systems, blockchain, and algorithmic trading.


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National University of Singapore (NUS) has launched a two-month crash course to teach students and mid-career changers. Graduands of the course will have opportunities to put their skills to use in partner companies such as UBS, Razer and Bank of Singapore, and may eventually land jobs there. The NUS-FinTechSG programme, which will be conducted online, was recently conceived by the NUS FinTech Lab and the Strategic Technology Management Institute after students shared stories of internships being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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ANALYSTS expect a stronger appetite from corporate and tech bigwigs in acquiring fintech startups in the months ahead, especially as fintechs tight on cash have a viable product to add to these larger entities’ existing offers. Prof Carter citied, for instance, Hong Kong-based financial institution AMTD’s acquisition of Singaporean insurtech firm PolicyPal, announced in March. With that, AMTD secured PolicyPal’s digital insurance broker licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore.


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The School of Computing at the National University of Singapore (NUS Computing) and Ripple, a provider of leading enterprise solutions for global payments, today announced the launch of the NUS FinTech Lab, established with the objective to fuel the growth of Singapore’s FinTech sector.


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NUS, Ripple Set Up Singapore FinTech Lab to Groom Talent

SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore’s School of Computing (NUS Computing) has teamed up with blockchain-powered global payments firm Ripple to help grow Singapore’s financial technology (fintech) sector. They unveiled a fintech lab on Wednesday (Nov 6), which will bring together academia and industry to develop talent in the sector.


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NUS Joins Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative

The National University of Singapore (NUS), the oldest higher education institution in the city-state and among the best in the world, announced recently that it has joined the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), an international programme founded by Ripple.


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DPM Heng Swee Keat Announces Asia Digital Finance House at School of Computing

The transformative power of innovation and technology can overcome pressing challenges and create new value and possibilities. Singapore’s development story over the last five decades is testament to this. As a small island state with no natural resources, innovation and technology have enabled us to overcome our constraints to become a livable city, with a competitive economy and a progressive society.


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