First graduates from MSc in Fintech Innovation help close critical skills gap

Nov 30th, 2022

Sean Fleming, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, speaking at the graduation event.

The MSc in Fintech Innovation developed in collaboration with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, Skillnet Ireland and Munster Technological University (MTU) celebrated its first graduates.

The Masters is one of the key components in positioning Ireland as a world leader in fintech, platform development, and technology-based financial services as recommended by the Ireland for Finance Strategy.

The Masters programme was developed through Skillnet Ireland’s co-creation model which plays a key role in facilitating engagement between enterprise and the higher education sector in the development of new programmes to meet future skills.

It has equipped the graduates with critical insights into fintech across the key pillars of finance, technology and innovation. The programme meets the current needs and contributes significantly to future proofing financial operations across all domains including the financial services sector itself.

The industry-led programme was developed in partnership with key sector companies including Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet member companies, with support from IDA Ireland and AmCham.

 

Ireland for Finance Strategy

 

Speaking at the graduation Sean Fleming, Minister of State at the Department of Finance said: “I would like to congratulate all the graduates of the MSc in Fintech Innovation. This programme is a critical element in my Department’s Ireland for Finance Strategy. I am committed to working with education institutions, Skillnet Ireland and the IDA to ensure courses like this give us the talent pipeline needed to strengthen Ireland’s position as a centre for international financial services.”

Minister Fleming presented the awards to the graduates from the MSc in Fintech Innovation at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise.

 

Supporting talent development in fintech

 

Eoin Morton, Public Affairs Manager at Skillnet Ireland said: “The financial service and technology sectors have a significant presence across the country in several regional locations. Skillnet Ireland has taken steps to drive innovation and support talent development in the fintech sector through collaborations with industry and the higher education sector. The MSc in Fintech Innovation from Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, IDA and MTU is an excellent example of how such partnerships between industry and the higher education sector meet the business and talent needs of the financial services sector.”

At the ceremony, 11 MSc graduates received awards, with Kieran O’Connor, Software Development Manager at Fexco winning the Student of the Year award.

Siobhán Hanley, Head of Fintech & Payments at IDA Ireland said: “It’s exciting to be involved in this MSc in Fintech Innovation. Graduates of the programme bring new skills and capabilities to this dynamic industry. The course is an excellent example of collaboration between MTU, Skillnet Ireland and IDA Ireland responding to the needs of business.”

The MSc in Fintech Innovation was delivered in MTU’s Tralee campus in Co. Kerry.

Dr. Breda O’Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Leadership Mindset at MTU said: “Munster Technological University are delighted to have collaborated with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet in developing and delivering the MSc in Fintech Innovation. It was a great honour for both the academic and the Lifelong Learning teams at MTU to be present as Minister Sean Fleming acknowledged the success of the programme and the achievements of the graduates. These graduates encapsulate all the qualities of exemplary participants who have been recognised and held in high regard for their academic excellence and leadership prowess in the financial services sector.”

 

To learn more about Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, please visit www.ictskillnet.ie

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