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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


4.7 rating, based on 191 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at Coursera based on 488 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    Course Review: FinTech Foundations and Overview I recently completed the FinTech Foundations and Overview course offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera, and I would like to share my review of the course. Overvie…
  • Anonymous
    Nice course with lot of learningThe FinTech Foundations and Overview course is an excellent introduction to the world of financial technology and its impact on the financial services industry. The course is well-structured, covering key topics such…
  • Anonymous
    FinTech Foundations and Overview" offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera provides an excellent introduction to the world of financial technology (FinTech). The course comprehensively covers the foundational princi…
  • Anonymous
    The Fintech Foundations and Overview course is a great introduction to the world of financial technology. It provides an excellent overview of the key technologies in the Fintech industry.
    Fintech Foundations and Overview is well structured and covers a wide range of topics that includes Digital Payments, Robo-Advisory, Blockchain and Crowdfunding, etc.
    The course incorporates real world case studies and practical assignments that enables students apply their knowledge in a practical way.
    The instructors are experts in their various fields and very engaging which makes it an enjoyable learning experience. Fintech Foundations and Overview is recommended for anyone looking to learn the fundamentals of FinTech.
  • Anonymous
    I loved the course and information it provided.
    It was really nice journey and a lot of new and useful information.
    However, i would love to see some updates regarding last trends and companies (course shares info till 2017 only). As well adding reading parts with sensitive notes from every module are quite useful as well.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very helpful in understanding finTech foundations. i think it would be perfect for someone who doesn't know what finTech is. The final project really made you "verify" that you paid attention and did the work throughout the course and did your research at the end. I would definitely recommend this course.
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    Kabelo Ngwenya-Kalabamu
    The course was generally good. It provided a solid foundation into Fintech with with content. It would be better if the content was updated or refreshed view to show the latest in the Fintech landscape as well as to include some developing market content and examples
  • Anonymous
    It was worth my time. Very insightful and the information shared was spot on. I undertook it at my own pace and got loads of encouragement throughout. I will recommend this course for anyone wanting to know more about Fintech.
    Great learning experience.
  • Anonymous
    This clourses has been conducted in the simplest and easy to understand. Interview videos were very useful, which helped me learn more of Fintech and quizes in the end of chapter was a good overview of the learned lessoons
  • Anonymous
    This is a super interesting course. I learned a lot. Thanks a lot ! This is a course to highly recommend to those interested.
  • Anonymous
    A good course for learning fintech, its application and its impact on business and customer. I will recommend this course to my friends and colleagues if they want to know more about Fintech.
  • Anonymous
    This has been truly insightful and gained truly new knowledge as a beginner in Fintech. Teaching was very practical and helped bring clarity.
    This is a course most managers must take.
  • Anonymous
    Amezing learning , i learnt a lot from this course , more about this Fintech world, i appreciate professor's who taught ,
  • Anonymous
    very good course, lots of useful information. Structured in a very simple way to make you interested in the topic
  • Anonymous
    I like that the course mostly is conversational however the downside is that it feels less structured.
  • Anonymous
    A great course, well explained. The lecturer explained this course very well. i enjoyed ever bit of it.
  • Anonymous
    Likes Everything prior to the appointment of this new Director was fair and clean. Employees were being praised and given opportunities on the basis of their performance and not on the basis of how often they agree with the management. Dislikes S…
  • 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.
  • 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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