HKU launches Asia’s First FinTech Online Course

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), along with collaborators SuperCharger, Cyberport, CFTE, UNSW Sydney, Microsoft and ACMI, is delighted to launch the Asia’s first FinTech MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course “Introduction to FinTech” ( is a six-week online course on Financial Technology, providing a foundational understanding of the forces that are shaping the world of financial services. At the opening of its innovation lab eXellerator on 16 April 2018, Standard Chartered announced its plan to purchase at least 1000 MOOCs for its internal FinTech training.

The original idea came from discussions among Douglas Arner (Kerry Holdings Professor in Law, HKU), Janos Barberis (HKU PhD student and founder of one of Asia’s leading FinTech accelerators, SuperCharger) and Huy Nguyen Trieu (CEO of the Disruptive Group and Co-Founder of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship). The course will cover: an introduction to FinTech; payment and infrastructure; traditional and alternative finance; data analytics, AI and monetization; RegTech; and customer interface; and is taught by a combination of academic and practitioners as well as feature prominent guest speakers to illustrate the content with practical business examples. 

Professor Douglas Arner at the HKU FinTech Day (30th Oct 2017) announcing the MOOC.

Group picture at the Standard Chartered eXellerator Innovation Lab opening where Professor Ian Holliday represented the University as an honored guest.