Swinburne University partners with Bendigo Bank on new degree

Director of the Master of FinTech, Dr Dimitrios Salampasis. Image credit: Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology has partnered with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to develop a Master of Financial Technologies (FinTech).

The postgraduate course commenced in Semester One 2019, delivered through Swinburne’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE).

“We are very pleased to have Bendigo Bank on board for this new, bold collaboration that is based on the industry co-creation model which runs across all AGSE postgraduate programs,” said Alexandra Kaiser, director of the AGSE.

“This partnership supports Swinburne’s commitment to delivering courses that equip students with cutting-edge industry skills.”

Director of the Master of FinTech, Dr Dimitriso Salampasis, said due to the rapid growth within the industry, the course is centred on real industry cases and immersive learning, where industry professionals will teach alongside Swinburne academics.

“Our approach to FinTech education encompasses the applied study of data-oriented, smart technologies and provides our students with comprehensive knowledge and specific, functional skills,” said Dr Salampasis.

The Master of FinTech will meet current and future market demand for skills and qualifications in emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, which will help students understand technological developments into business models.

“The advent of this new, hands-on Master of FinTech course will equip Swinburne students with practical skills and real-world experiences which they can draw on to accelerate their learning and career development,” said David Tudor, head of University Partnerships at Bendigo Bank.

The collaboration follows the launch of Community Bank at Swinburne, which will invest banking profits into projects, scholarships, clubs, and research at Swinburne.

“We seek partnerships where our values align and where there is ample opportunity to benefit our community through funding, research, student placements or other co-created projects,” said Jane Ward, Swinburne’s vice-president.

“Bendigo Bank’s strategic partnership with Swinburne is part of the continuing evolution of the Bendigo Community Bank model and represents a further opportunity to strengthen our partnership with a leading Australian education institution and share value by feeding into the prosperity of the tertiary education sector.”