Over 1000 Students from EDHEC Business School Trained as CFTE Continues Partnership for a 3rd Consecutive Year

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London, Nice,  5th May 2022 – The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) is delighted to continue its partnership with EDHEC Business School to train Masters students in Entrepreneurial Finance for the 3rd consecutive year, and is looking forward to continued partnership with EDHEC Business School. With the new cohort of 300 students onboarded, CFTE will have trained over 1000 students in Financial Technology over the last 3 years.

The Centre for Finance, Trade and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) and EDHEC Business School continue their collaboration to co-develop the Fintech and Entrepreneurial Finance module in 2022, within the Master in Management with Financial specialisation degree, which was launched in January 2020. The launch followed a successful collaboration on the Hybrid Fintech Specialisation programme in the 1st quarter of 2019. EDHEC Business School, based in France, is ranked among the top 10 European Business Schools and its Masters in Finance programme is ranked among the top 5 business schools worldwide, by the Financial Times. 

The Fintech and Entrepreneurial Finance module constitutes a core module that allows over 300 master students every year to learn about Fintech, while also getting them to work on entrepreneurial finance projects and business case studies from fast-growing startups in the industry. This exposes students to the main industry trends and technological changes happening in finance as well as help them learn about the main players driving the growth of the ecosystem. Additionally, this unique mix of learning content helps students develop their problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills that they can take forward into their careers as business leaders. 

Fintech is a rapidly growing industry. The industry has 40,000 new job openings nearly every quarter and has also received $132 Billion in funding in 2021, making it on of the largest areas of VC investments and creating more opportunities for growth. Emerging fintech business models challenge the current financial legacy systems with blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) being among the most disruptive and fastest-growing technologies that affect the industry. Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic the fintech market has continued to help expand access to financial services, depicting the sector’s resiliency and appropriateness for a modern digital landscape. The course aims to prepare students for this new landscape and teach them how to leverage the opportunities of emerging technologies

The course launch followed a successful collaboration of EDHEC and CFTE on the Hybrid Fintech Specialisation programme in Q1 2019. Initially offered as an elective, the course enrolled 80 master students and was oversubscribed in just 72 hours with a satisfaction rate of 97%. 

“For content such as Fintech, that has been developing extremely rapidly, it is necessary to benefit from the most up-to-date expertise. This is what we found with CFTE, and that allowed us to co-design a fruitful learning experience for students” says Laurent Deville, Academic Director of the Masters in Finance at EDHEC Business School.

“We are delighted to continue working with EDHEC, and to set up the most innovative programme within the school, allowing 300 students to learn about Fintech and get them to work on entrepreneurial Finance projects.Today we have 1000 alumni having been trained on this programme, we believe these students are great talent for the industry in Finance, We are very impressed by EDHEC’s willingness to innovate and try new pedagogical methods to keep bringing the best to their students” says Tram Anh Nguyen, CFTE’s co-founder.

CFTE is very excited to continue the collaboration with EDHEC and is looking forward to the rollout of the programme in 2022. CFTE is the largest corporate school to train in Fintech with over 100,000 alumni worldwide and a number of partner institutions such as Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore, Cyberport in Hong Kong, ADGM Academy in Abu Dhabi, or Budapest Institute of Banking.

The programme aimed to attract students with a strong interest in finance innovation, who want to understand the use of new technologies and develop new applications for the industry in the future. The course was taught through online lectures, case studies, applied projects, students presentations, and experts discussions. The course curators were Dr Trenton Milner (Visiting Professor at EDHEC Business School), Elijah Deas (Product Lead at CFTE) with industry experts providing case studies Tuan Minh, Senior Director Product of Onfido, Amber Ghaddar, Founder of Alliance Block and Wissam Farah (previous Managing Director of Nomura).

CFTE’s Co-founder, Tram Anh Nguyen and Academic Director of the Masters in Finance at EDHEC Business School, Laurent Deville joined the final pitches with a great discussion on the importance of skills in the new world of Finance and Fintech with guests from the industry. In the panel were: Huy Nguyen Trieu, CEO and Co-Founder at CFTE, Wissam Farah, Francois Caron at Societe Generale, Sarveen Chester at iShares with Tram Anh Nguyen.


 “I decided to take the Fintech electives because I was very interested about the impact of new technologies on the financial services market. I loved the course because it was simple but detailed. It enables me to improve my knowledge and go deep on the fintech ecosystem by discovering players I didn’t know before and by having more information on the players I knew already. I’m happy to be a CFTE Alumni.” said Philippe Kamdem, Master student in Corporate Finance at EDHEC Business School.


About EDHEC Business School

Founded in 1906, EDHEC is one of Europe’s top 15 business schools. Based in Lille, Nice, Paris, London and Singapore and counting more than 90 nationalities on its campuses, EDHEC is a fully international school directly connected to the business world. With morethan 40,000 graduates in 120 countries, it trains committed managers capable of dealing with the challenges of a fast-evolving world.

EDHEC in figures: 8,600 students in academic education, 19 degree programmes from Bachelor’s to PhD level, 184 professors and researchers, 11 specialist research centres.

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.


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