AIM Launches Its MSc in Financial Technology Program in Partnership with the UK-based Manchester Metropolitan University

February 14, 2024
MAKATI, Philippines – The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) proudly welcomes its premier cohort for the Master of Science in Financial Technology (MSc FinTech) program, marked by a momentous convocation ceremony held on 20 January 2024.


MAKATI, Philippines – The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) proudly welcomes its premier cohort for the Master of Science in Financial Technology (MSc FinTech) program, marked by a momentous convocation ceremony held on 20 January 2024. The event witnessed the gathering of guests from the program’s co-facilitator, the UK-based Manchester Metropolitan University, who welcomed the students to a learning journey helmed by two world-class institutions. 

AIM President and Dean, Dr. Jikyeong Kang, warmly welcomed the first batch of MSc FinTech students, expressing pride in AIM's role in pioneering FinTech education in the Philippines. She emphasized AIM's commitment to fostering innovation in Asia's financial technology sector and producing industry leaders. Dr. Kang highlighted the potential of FinTech to drive inclusive growth in the country through technologies like AI and blockchain. Assuring students of AIM's support, she emphasized the institution's pioneering role in data science education in the Philippines. 

Head of the Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business (WSGSB), Professor Felipe Calderon, CPA, CMA, PhD, introduced the event’s keynote speaker, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty Head of International, Professor Liz Warren, PhD. An expert in the field, Dr. Warren shared insights into the global trends shaping the industry and the critical role that graduates from programs like MSc FinTech play in driving innovation and financial inclusion to other parts of the globe. Dr. Warren also underlined the role of AI in the financial technology sector, demonstrating her use of artificial intelligence to produce an impressive video greeting spoken in Filipino. 

The Academic Program Director of the MSc FinTech program, Professor Jose “Joey” Vicente Camus took the stage to present a comprehensive rundown of the program. He discussed learning outcomes, program structure, and class profile, providing an overview of the curriculum and the diverse backgrounds of the current cohort. The profile showcased the program's success in attracting top-tier talent and fostering a rich learning environment that transcends cultural and professional boundaries. 

Mr. Michael Christopher Cruz, Vice President and the Head of Usage and Strategic Business of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), as well as a graduate with high distinction of AIM’s Executive MBA program, delivered a speech offering a glimpse into the vibrant student life at AIM. Mr. Cruz shared personal anecdotes and experiences, highlighting the collaborative and supportive class participation sessions, learning teams, and network that define AIM's campus culture. His speech resonated with the graduating students, encouraging them to carry forward the spirit of camaraderie and excellence into their professional endeavors. 

The inaugural convocation of the MSc FinTech program at AIM represents a significant milestone in the school's commitment to shaping future leaders in the financial technology landscape. The Institute remains dedicated to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and excellence in financial technology education.

About AIM:

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is an Asian pioneer in management education. The Institute was founded in 1968 by a consortium of prominent business leaders, Philippine academic institutions, and the Harvard Business School. AIM is the first school in Southeast Asia to receive accreditation from the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), globally recognized as having the world's highest standards. Throughout its history, the Institute has sought to empower students to thrive in challenging, rapidly shifting environments. It achieves this by encouraging a more considerate, effective, and sustainable approach to business and society.

About Manchester Metropolitan University:

Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met), with a rich history spanning over two centuries, is a pioneering institution dedicated to driving innovation and progress through exceptional education and research. Recognized as one of the UK's greenest universities, Manchester Met prioritizes environmental responsibility and sustainability. The university proudly holds the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023 gold award, reflecting its outstanding commitment to high-quality education. Additionally, the Manchester Met Business School boasts Triple Crown accreditation, a prestigious international benchmark of excellence. In the realm of research, the university stands as one of the top modern institutions, with 30% of its research rated as world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, underscoring its dedication to advancing knowledge and fostering a culture of innovation.

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