Through a partnership with Chicago-based PEAK6, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business has announced a new program whose main goal will be to produce a strong pipeline of students knowledgeable about technology and finance. The Fintech Initiative is the newest example of Michigan Ross changing its academic curriculum to keep up with the constantly changing face of global business.
More about Ross’ Fintech Initiative
Thanks to the Initiative, Michigan Ross’ students will have access to fintech-specific academic programs and digital learning courses, fintech-related clubs, experiences, and activities, as well as action-based learning opportunities that link students with pioneering fintech companies throughout the world. They will learn how finance and technology are intersecting and changing how entities and businesses engage with financial services and markets.
According to Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean at the Ross School of Business, “The rapid pace of change in the fintech sector is creating an urgent need for experienced professionals who not only understand the technology underlying these services, but also how the disruption in financial services impacts and advances their business. With the generous support of PEAK6, Michigan Ross is committed to developing the next generation of business leaders who will envision and enable future innovations in fintech.”
PEAK6 will furnish the initial funding for the Fintech Initiative as well as thought leadership. Michigan Ross will create and administer the initiative. Other business partners will join the Initiative in the future.
“We are excited to partner with Michigan Ross in the creation of a first-of-its-kind program combining academic and practical learning to equip business-oriented professionals with the skills to make an immediate impact in the fintech space,” stated Jenny Just, co-founder of PEAK6 and Michigan alumna. “Our core businesses sit at the intersection of finance and technology and we have experienced first-hand the nationwide shortage of talent. It’s gratifying to work with Ross on an initiative that will have a long-term positive effect on the industry while providing fulfilling employment opportunities for future generations of students.”
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