The University of Cape Town is offering a fintech degree, the first university in Africa to do so. The Master of Data Science course, specialising in fintech, will kick off in January next year, with machine learning and blockchain technologies the key disciplines.
“We combine all these hard skills from technology and finance and add to them the magic ingredient that makes our degree truly unique: a strong focus on entrepreneurship,” says Dr Co-Pierre Georg, senior lecturer at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management at UCT.
“Our students will have the skillset to not only work in the financial services sector but to go out and start their own companies using what they have learned. We partner with a Fintech incubator in Cape Town to make sure that students will be embedded in the activities of some of South Africa’s hottest new start-ups and most exciting fintech ventures.”
He adds, “our focus on entrepreneurship means that we will change the students’ mindset so that they not only want to go out and ‘get’ a job, but create a job – or a hundred.”
For that deeper dive:
African fintech start-ups are now becoming much more attractive to foreign investors – Quartz
The African fintech space is something new,, with start-ups looking to build an entirely new infrastructure – Disrupt Africa
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