BBVA, the Comillas Pontifical University and the technology consultancy NTT DATA have unveiled Spain’s first master's degree in fintech, payments and online banking. The master's degree offers comprehensive, specialized, practical and advanced training in financial technologies with the aim of equipping future professionals with the skills to transform and lead the payments and online banking industries.
Beginning next September, this groundbreaking one-year, 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) master's degree program in Spain will be taught on-site at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (Comillas ICAI). The training is completed with paid internships with partner companies, including BBVA and NTT DATA, where students can work on a real project for the application of financial technologies (Big Data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, machine learning) throughout the course, which will constitute the end-of-master's degree research paper.
This postgraduate course will be taught by professors with extensive experience from a range of specialized departments of both companies involved in various fields of knowledge, such as financial disruption and innovation, payments, Big Data, algorithmic trading and artificial intelligence, as well as professors from the Comillas ICAI School of Engineering and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (Comillas ICADE).
The deadline to apply for admission to the master's program began on May 30. Applications can be made through the Comillas Pontifical University website.
Commitment to training in new technologies
Financial, payment and online banking technologies have become an area of knowledge that is in high demand by financial institutions.
"The master's degree in fintech, payments and online banking is the perfect fusion between the academic excellence of Comillas ICAI and the technologies that will make it possible to tackle current and future financial models that are transforming this sector at breakneck speed," says Cristóbal Cantos, coordinator of the master's degree at Comillas ICAI.
"We are living through a period of unprecedented disruption driven by innovation in an array of fields. New technologies such as AI, the Internet of Things, blockchain and quantum computing are transforming the way we live, work and interact," explains Fernando Bellón, Global Head of Talent Acquisition at BBVA. For more than ten years, the bank has been firmly committed to innovation, digitalization and investing in talent, with its own programs that have enabled more than 50,000 employees to receive training in data science in just five years.
María Jesús Jiménez, Global Head of Digital Financial Services at NTT DATA, emphasizes that her company is committed to creating new profiles connected to new technologies by partnering with an array of organizations and institutions to generate new training models related to the world of leading-edge technologies.