PolyU and AMTD launch AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business – the first university-industry collaborated FinTech centre in Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), AMTD Group Company and AMTD Foundation jointly launch Hong Kong’s first university-industry collaborated Financial Technology (FinTech) centre today (19 April). The AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business (the FinTech Centre) aims for enhancing Hong Kong’s capabilities to be an international and leading FinTech hub in the world.

Officiating at the launch ceremony of the AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business

The launch ceremony of the Centre on PolyU campus was officiated by Mr Nicholas W. Yang, GBS, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Dr Annie Wu, SBS, JP, Chairperson of the Global Advisory Committee of AMTD Group, former Standing Committee Member of CPPCC, and Lifetime Honorary Board Member of the World Trade Centers Association also attended and witnessed the ceremony.

AMTD Group is a Hong Kong-based comprehensive financial institution group with services coverage across the Chinese mainland and the world. As one of the largest Hong Kong-based non-bank financial institution groups, AMTD has been widely recognized as a pre-eminent capital markets player with market leading cross-border investment banking capability in Asia. Founded in 2003, AMTD has been dedicated to serving and connecting capital and resources across the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and the globe. AMTD has a long history of promoting technological innovation and the development of sharing economy, especially in the field of FinTech and Artificial Intelligence.

FinTech has been one of the most revolutionary forces for driving transformation in financial services and bringing convenience to people across the world. The challenges and opportunities come with FinTech developments are therefore of crucial relevance to Hong Kong, which has a large financial sector (18% of Gross Domestic Product; 6% of employment). The Government is also determined to develop Hong Kong into a FinTech hub of the region, leveraging especially on the latest Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area initiatives.

Addressing at the ceremony, PolyU President Professor Timothy W. Tong thanked AMTD Group and AMTD Foundation for its generous donations and trust in PolyU. By pooling together the strengths of AMTD — a world-leading financial institution, and PolyU — a university that excels in nurturing talents and research, he has confidence that the FinTech Centre would be able to achieve the shared vision: to better equip Hong Kong as an international and leading Fintech centre in the world. “I believe that our partnership will further promote collaborations among academia, industry and government, and contribute to the Fintech development of Hong Kong and beyond.”

Mr Calvin Choi, Chairman and President of AMTD Group said, “AMTD has always been committed to promoting the long-term development of FinTech in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and across the globe, with particular emphasis on talent cultivation. Through the collaboration of AMTD and PolyU, the AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business will significantly contribute to the development and talent cultivation of FinTech in the Greater Bay Area.”

University-Industry collaboration for benefiting the community

The FinTech Centre will conduct FinTech related research, consultancy and training projects for the financial industry, provide support to start-ups, facilitate exchanges among local, Chinese mainland and overseas experts, and offer FinTech education for students, financial personnel and the public. In addition to the around 200 academics of PolyU Faculty of Business specialized in key disciplines of business (accounting, finance, management, marketing, logistics and transport), the FinTech Centre will also have cross-disciplinary support from experts of other PolyU faculties/departments including computing, engineering and applied mathematics. Moreover, it will have strong backup from the industry led by AMTD Group. The many PolyU alumni and post-graduate students who are also entrepreneurs or key executives in FinTech and related sectors will also become the centre’s valuable assets.

AMTD Group and the AMTD Foundation will support the long-term operation, education and research of the FinTech Centre with extensive industry resources, aiming to further promote the development of Hong Kong’s technological innovation, especially in FinTech arena.

Professor Wilson Tong, Director of the FinTech Centre, said the centre will also be benefited from the over 550 alumni and students of PolyU’s flagship doctorate programmes in business administration (DBA) and management (DMgt). PolyU’s DBA, launched in 1996, is the first doctorate programme of its kind in the region. With about 40% of alumni and students working in information technology sector or financial industry, many holding lynchpin positions, they have been providing the University with a rich repertoire of expertise, capital, advices, testing ground and student participation opportunities in the related fields.

Resultant from strong industrial connections, Professor Tong, who is also PolyU’s Professor of Finance, said the University’s scholars have already been involving in some FinTech or related financial projects for addressing imminent problems in the industry or community. Examples of projects undertaken, or on the drawing board, include detection system against telephone frauds, credit scoring system for loan markets, Artificial Intelligence-assisted Algo trading, blockchain applications on financing and “know your customer” background check.

About PolyU Faculty of Business ( http://www.fb.polyu.edu.hk )
The Faculty of Business (FB) of PolyU is a major business school in the Asia-Pacific region dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and transferring knowledge and technology through education and service. The Faculty has achieved accreditations from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System). Comprising about 200 academics from around the world, 5,000 students and 45,000 alumni, the Faculty is dedicated to pursuing IDEAS (Innovation-driven Education and Scholarship) with a 3D focus on Discovery, Design and Delivery.

The Faculty offers a comprehensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of accounting, finance, logistics, management, marketing and transport. Our research has been ranked 58th in the world (The UTD Top 100 Worldwide Business School Rankings based on Research Contributions 2013-2017).

About AMTD Group Company Limited (AMTD Group) ( http://www.amtdgroup.com )
AMTD Group is a Hong Kong-based comprehensive financial institution group with services coverage across the Chinese mainland and the world. As one of the largest Hong Kong-based non-bank financial institution groups, AMTD has been widely recognized as a pre-eminent capital markets player with market leading cross-border investment banking capability in Asia. Founded in 2003, AMTD has been dedicated to serving and connecting capital and resources across the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and the globe. AMTD has a long history of promoting technological innovation and the development of sharing economy, especially in the field of FinTech and Artificial Intelligence. AMTD is the only Hong Kong-based financial institution that has been selected as a strategic partner associate of the World Economic Forum (WEF). AMTD Group Chairman and President Mr Calvin Choi was named by WEF as “2017 Young Global Leader”, the only Hong Kong based financial sector leader who has received this accolade. AMTD was selected by Institutional Investor as one of the most influential Fintech movers in 2016 (2016 Global Fintech Finance 35).

About AMTD Foundation
AMTD Group has set up AMTD Foundation to fulfill its commitment of giving back to the society and upholding its social responsibility. AMTD Foundation has been putting in great efforts in promoting education, relieving poverty, and supporting people in need in Hong Kong and across the world. AMTD actively supports a range of corporate social responsibility activities, such as the sponsorship of Caritas Charity TV Show for 10 consecutive years, being a key supporter of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), one of the world’s leading non-profit organisation on AIDS research, as well as the launch of a talent incubation program in collaboration with National Chengchi University in Taiwan and Singapore Management University. AMTD has entered into strategic partnerships with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Waterloo in Canada respectively, for the establishment of “AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business” and “University of Waterloo - AMTD Innovation Hub”.

Press Contacts

Professor Wilson Tong, Director, AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business
Telephone: (852) 2766 4399
Email: wilson.tong(at)polyu.edu.hk

Ms Janet Wong, Manager (Development), Alumni Affairs and Development Office, PolyU
Telephone: (852) 3400 3306
Email: janet.my.wong(at)polyu.edu.hk

Mr Ros Lam, Chief Strategy Officer, AMTD Group
Telephone: (852) 3163 3382
Email: ros.lam(at)amtdgroup.com

Ms Alice Zhong, Branding & Public Relations, AMTD Group
Telephone: (852) 3163 3379
Email: alice.zhong(at)amtdgroup.com

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