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DCU and The Fintech Corridor team up to advance Irish fintech education

16 Mar 2022

As part of an initiative to prep people for a career in fintech, Dublin City University will launch a micro-credentials course in financial intelligence and technology.

Dublin City University (DCU) and The Fintech Corridor (TFC) are joining forces to advance fintech education across the island of Ireland through workforce training, education and apprenticeship opportunities.

TFC is a cross-border initiative established by leaders of the fintech sector with the aim of fostering collaboration between enterprises along the financial corridor between Dublin and Belfast. Its partnership with DCU builds on its existing partnership with Ulster University.

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As part of the agreement, DCU and IFS Skillnet will launch a micro-credentials course in financial intelligence and technology.

Micro-credentials courses are seen as a way of fixing skills shortages by targeting learners who want flexible, industry-focused short courses, and the Irish Universities Association recently launched a nationwide multimillion-euro MicroCreds pilot.

The graduate certificate in financial intelligence and technology at DCU will begin this September. The online course will be endorsed by TFC and aims to give participants the skills necessary for a career in Ireland’s growing fintech sector.

TFC’s partnership with DCU will connect its network of fintech companies to students and graduates, and the group will also be able to access new research and innovation through the Irish Institute of Digital Business at DCU and its financial innovation research cluster, FinLAB.

Alan McEneaney, vice-chair of TFC, said that the organisation’s partnership with DCU represents “another major step forward” in its goal of advancing fintech education and innovation across Ireland.

“This partnership will further drive the Dublin-Belfast economic corridor as the gateway to EU and UK fintech, by creating significant opportunities in fintech training, education and research and innovation collaboration.”

Prof Mark Cummins of DCU Business School and director of the Irish Institute of Digital Business said the university is delighted to formalise its relationship with TFC that has “flourished over the last number of years”.

“We see huge research potential in collaborating closely with TFC members to push the boundaries of knowledge in the exciting, dynamic area of financial technology,” he added.

As part of the corporate partnership, DCU joins four other universities across the island of Ireland and more than 70 members of TFC in forming The Fintech Academy (TFA).

TFA aims to shape fintech learning in conjunction with industry leaders, with the goal of boosting fintech skills and creating a talent pool that can be developed through placements, internships and apprenticeships. Last December, Ulster University joined TFA.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea joined Silicon Republic in 2021 as Careers reporter, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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