SFU and ZIBS Reach Partnership to Develop New Bachelor-Master’s Fintech Program

June 28, 2022

By: Andrew Ringer

Simon Fraser University’s School of Computing Science and Zhejiang University International Business School (ZIBS) have reached a partnership agreement to create a Bachelor-Master’s program in computing science and finance. The program is designed for students who wish to obtain dual credentials while engaging in an enriching international experience.

"SFU's School of Computing Science has had a long, constructive relationship with Zhejiang University through initiatives such as the successful undergraduate dual-degree program in computing science. This new agreement heralds a new relationship with Zhejiang University's Business School that will offer an exciting, highly topical, combined bachelor's and master's degree program in Financial Technologies,” says Eugene Fiume, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at SFU. 

This program builds on the strengths of both universities to prepare students to be global leaders in fintech. SFU is one of Canada’s top schools to receive software development training, while ZIBS is China’s leading player in advancing fintech research.

“SFU’s computing science strengths in data mining, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, to name a few, will synergise with Zhejiang's expertise in FinTech that will give students an international outlook on a technology that will help shape our future global economy," says Fiume.

“In addition to the solid academic preparation, students in this program will also experience studying and working in an international and vibrant environment, greatly improving their global perspectives as well as their leadership and communication skills," says Mohamed Hefeeda, Director of the School of Computing Science at SFU.

Students will receive a bachelor’s degree in computing science from SFU and a Master of Finance in Financial Technology from ZIBS within 5 years.

"As a unique Canada-China collaboration in computing science and financial technology, we hope that young talents around the world will see this new Bachelor-Master program as an exciting path to global technology leadership," says Rob Cameron, Director of the Dual-Degree Program at SFU. 

“It is a great pleasure and privilege for ZIBS to have forged this unique partnership with SFU, which will create opportunities for our two institutions to grow and develop together,” says Shenglin Ben, Dean of International Business School & Academy of Internet Finance at ZIBS.

“Our students will be able to pursue interdisciplinary studies in computer science and finance in a multi-cultural context with particular immersive experience in two top universities in Asia and North America!”

Learn more about the Dual-Degree Program at SFU’s School of Computing Science >>