China’s first digital-only bank WeBank has just told the world that its summer enrichment programme on FISCO BCOS Blockchain Experience, held at the Singapore Management University (SMU), is now finished. The programme is a collaboration between WeBank and SMU, and graduates will have hopefully thrown their APIs high into the air.
Back in early 2020, WeBank and SMU signed a memorandum of cooperation to collaborate on curriculum and practice design for blockchain courses. The collaboration aims to improve SMU students’ understanding and skills in blockchain and encourage innovation in blockchain practices.
Since the signing, WeBank and Associate Professor Paul Griffin from the School of Computing and Information Systems at SMU have worked together to create two full-term elective courses which combine theoretical study with practical learning, and a summer enrichment lecture.
The elective courses are Blockchain Applications in Financial Services for undergraduates and Corporate Banking & Blockchain for postgraduates. The elective courses and the summer enrichment lecture have been run three times each for over 170 students.
Professor Griffin said: “Collaborations with industry and technology providers, such as WeBank, and integrating academic learning with real-world practice are part of our overall efforts to nurture future-ready graduates with sound knowledge and training in Fintech. Through the summer enrichment programme and elective course using FISCO BCOS blockchain, our students are able to learn more about enterprise blockchains and their applications in use cases. The course will further strengthen our high-quality education for our students and provide them with the useful skills needed in today’s business environment.”
Zhenhua Zhao, Senior Blockchain Expert from WeBank, added: “We’re glad that students who took the courses are able to apply blockchain Proof of Concepts to real-world financial services and corporate banking scenarios. Those applied scenarios also ignite a lot of innovative blockchain development ideas here at WeBank.”
Ed: If you don’t know what a FISCO BCOS is, you’d best enrol for the next course!