Executive Certificate in Blockchain and Digital Assets released by CFTE and Singapore Management University

London, 1 June 2023 (Thursday) Following the analysis of 200+ blockchain projects and 100 experts interviewed, the reference programme for Blockchain and Digital Assets launches with 25+ global industry experts involved. The programme is supported by the accreditation from Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore and endorsed by Swift Institute.

The UK and Singapore partnership between CFTE and Singapore Management University was born at the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF), one of the largest Fintech events worldwide a few months ago. 

Blockchain is disrupting the financial industry but there is a lack of tools for professionals to keep up with the pace. Recognising this critical knowledge gap, two organisations – CFTE and Singapore Management University – have come together with a shared mission: to equip the industry with the essential skills on blockchain and digital assets, one of the most crucial topics in the digital market economy.

While the original adoption of blockchain started on the retail side, blockchain is now driven by financial institutions with more than 200+ blockchain and digital assets projects in development worldwide. After months of efforts analysing blockchain projects, designing comprehensive curriculum and interviewing hundreds of industry experts, CFTE and SMU developed a reference programme for the industry, aiming to upskill the industry to thrive in the new world of finance.

Behind all the noise around cryptocurrencies and buzzwords, there are truly interesting projects happening today. Large institutions such as central banks, financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, and asset managers are implementing real projects based on these technologies. It’s crucial to keep up with the times, just like we said four years ago with AI, and to start learning about these advancements. The time is now, and we must all be a part of this evolution.

Huy Nguyen Trieu, Co-founder and Programme Director at CFTE.

The Blockchain and Digital Assets Programme offers a comprehensive approach to both the theoretical and practical aspects of the industry. It boasts six key features that cater to the needs of learners from different backgrounds and interests:

  • An 16-hour on-demand Online Programme that is easily accessible to everyone, allowing learners to study at their own pace and convenience.
  • Monthly Live Sessions led by experienced lecturers and industry experts to provide up-to-date insights on the latest developments in the field.
  • Accreditation from the Institute of Banking and Finance (SG) and endorsement from the SWIFT Institute, ensuring that participants receive an industry-accredited certificate upon completion of the programme.
  • A rigorous analysis of over 200 real-world projects and the development of a global blockchain taxonomy, providing learners with practical knowledge and skills to apply in their careers.
  • Continuous updates of the programme’s contents to reflect the latest industry developments and trends, ensuring that participants stay current and relevant.
  • A vibrant global community where participants can connect with other learners, share ideas and experiences, and engage in discussions on blockchain topics.

The programme combines SMU Academy’s practice-oriented approach that give learners the flexibility and autonomy to learn at their own pace with London-based CFTE’s expertise in FinTech education. SMU is renowned for its interactive, collaborative, and project-based approach to education, and is also recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. CFTE has previously developed several FinTech-related programmes in collaboration with leading institutions such as EDHEC Business School and Hong Kong Cyberport, as well as expert partners from companies like Uber, Revolut, PwC, and Amazon.

The programme is composed of six learning blocks led by leading industry experts. The initial three courses cover fundamental concepts, mechanisms, and technologies of blockchain and digital assets. The remaining courses offer practical perspective with industry applications and real-world use cases of blockchain, helping learners apply blockchain to their organisations.

  • Chapter 1: Overview of Blockchain and Digital Assets, led by Elizaveta Palaznik, Crypto-Assets Business Consultant
  • Chapter 2: Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and Blockchain, led by Rhian Lewis, Author of Understanding Decentralised Finance, a consultant software engineer and former digital journalist at The Times. 
  • Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Digital Assets, led by Huy Nguyen Trieu, Co-Founder of CFTE and CFTE’s programme director.
  • Chapter 4: Institutional Applications – Taxonomy Part 1, led by Claire Calmejane, Chief Innovation Officer at Société Générale and expert in crypto, cyber, data, digital, innovation, IT, ESG.
  • Chapter 5: Infrastructure and New Paradigm Applications – Taxonomy Part 2, led by Oriol Caudevilla, FinTech Advisor, Founder and Host of “A Digital Tomorrow” Podcast.
  • Chapter 6: Governance, Due Diligence and Risk – Taxonomy Part 3, led by Ilan Gildin, Chief Economist and Head of the Economic Department at the ISA (Israel Securities Authority).

For more thorough information on the certification, download the programme brochure.

To ensure the programme covers all the diverse perspectives of blockchain and digital assets, the programme involves 40+ contributing experts from Central Banks (Central Banks of Hungry, National Bank of Cambodia, Abu Dhabi Global Market, etc), Tech companies (Polygon, Coinbase, Ripple, etc), Associations (Home of Blockchain.swiss, Singapore Fintech Association, etc) and Financial institutions (HSBC, Citigroup, Barclays, Mastercard, ING, etc), providing valuable feedback and insights on each module and ensuring that the contents remain relevant and up-to-date. 

This programme has been designed to provide a solid knowledge in blockchain and digital assets to professionals in Financial Institutions, Governments, Regulatory entities and Startups. 

Specifically, the certification trains:

  • Executives & Senior Leaders, who are required to understand blockchain implications and make informed decisions for the future business model in organisations. 
  • Business Teams, who are keen to identify opportunities in blockchain, offer better products and services and improve existing processes to enhance clients’ satisfaction.
  • Audit and Compliance Teams, who act as active participants in the discussion between technology and business when implementing new blockchain processes.
  • Operations & Technology, who work on implementing technology on organisations and are required to understand the mechanism and blockchain infrastructure.

The programme aims to help organisations embark in this digital journey to capture opportunities and assist individuals to thrive in the new world of finance.

The investment required to enrol in the programme is £720. Learners can start the programme today and take advantage of the 2-week early bird 20% discount. Professionals part of the CFTE alumni community are offered an additional discount on this programme. 

Singaporean individuals or registered/incorporated Singaporean corporations are eligible for training grants that could cover 70% of the course fees.

Financial institutions looking to upskill and train their talents can contact CFTE and benefit from the volume pricing.

About CFTE 

The Centre for Finance, Technology & Entrepreneurship (CFTE) is a global education platform that aims to equip financial professionals and organisations with the necessary skills to remain competitive in a rapidly changing industry. With offices in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, CFTE partners with Fortune 500 companies to build their knowledge in Financial Technology, whilst simultaneously supporting their digital transformation process. Our leading training programmes, curated by global industry experts, help talent build skills to join the digital transformation of finance.

About Singapore Management University

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and to produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge based economy. SMU’s education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative and project-based approach to learning.

Home to over 12,000 students across undergraduate, postgraduate professional and postgraduate research programmes, SMU is comprised of eight schools: School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Computing and Information Systems, Yong Pung How School of Law, School of Social Sciences. College of Integrative Studies and College of Graduate Research Studies. SMU offers a wide range of bachelors’, masters’ and PhD degree programmes in the disciplinary areas associated with the six schools, as well as in multidisciplinary combinations of these areas.


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