Dr. Martin Angerer, Assistant Professor in the Chair of Finance, presents for the first time the new certificate course “Blockchain and FinTech” at the University of Liechtenstein. The course of studies is intended in particular to illuminate an application-oriented teaching of blockchain, FinTechs and crypto currencies and to provide a comprehensive picture of the topic. 5 different and application-oriented modules will be taught over a period of 4 months in order to prepare students for the challenges of the changing working world in the financial sector. Registrations are still possible until 5 February!

Ramona: How close are you to practice as a university and research institution?

Dr. Angerer: Many traditional financial institutions and services have been caught on the wrong foot by rapid technological development and digitisation and have lost market share to young FinTechs. We see a similar development in the issue of blockchain, which is still too much associated with crypto currencies and not with the actual disruption: blockchain technology.

We work very closely with blockchain start-ups and are in close contact with the blockchain community as well as with traditional financial institutions. This helps us to recognize the specific trends at an early stage and to participate as an active part of the new and old world through our event series “Blockchain in Finance” or our certificate course “Blockchain and FinTech”, to inform and to offer an information platform for all interested parties. The Liechtenstein location and the active promotion of the blockchain by politicians also contribute to the interlinking of research and practice.

Ramona: What was the origin of offering a certificate program and which topics are covered?

Dr. Angerer: We have recognized that there is a great need for structured continuing education offerings and that high-quality teaching content on the topic of blockchain and fintech is hardly offered. We impart a broad spectrum of knowledge in the areas of tokenization, crypto asset management as well as legal and tax topics. The course also draws on speakers from practice to gain a much deeper insight into the subject areas.

Ramona: For whom is the course particularly suitable, how much prior knowledge do I need and how would it be structured?

Dr. Angerer: Basically, the certificate programme is aimed at all those who are interested in these new technological topics, in particular professionals from the financial sector, tax and legal sector with several years of professional experience and a high understanding of innovation.

Ramona: When does the course start and by when can I still register?

Dr. Angerer: The registration deadline has just been extended to February 2nd, as we still have a few places left.  The course will start on the 14th February 2019.

Ramona: What costs can I expect if I register for the programme?

Dr. Angerer: The standard tuition fees for the entire programme amount are CHF 9 800. The tuition fees include the provision of all teaching materials as well as the one-off examination fees.

Ramona: How much time does it take to study? Is it part-time or extra-occupational?

Dr. Angerer: The course is easy to manage while working and consists of five modules, each of which is spread over two to three consecutive days from February to June. There are a total of 15 days of attendance.

Ramona: What skills and knowledge will be acquired in the new course?

Dr. Angerer: The aim of the certificate programme is to prepare students for qualified jobs in the financial industry of the future. In particular, they acquire a basic understanding of blockchain applications and FinTechs. Students will be able to identify the potential in the company associated with the blockchain, plan blockchain projects, and communicate with blockchain consultants and technology providers. Furthermore, it enables them to participate in this training programme, become part of a regional network of blockchain and FinTech experts and thus ensure a continuous exchange of experience.

Ramona: Why should I study at the University of Liechtenstein? What are the advantages of the University of Liechtenstein?

Dr. Angerer: The University of Liechtenstein has been able to quickly identify current developments and to position itself in this area. The University does not only deal with FinTechs and Blockchain in the teaching area, but is also active in research and also in practical projects with several companies and can also incorporate local peculiarities.

Ramona: What kind of jobs are available after a positive completion of the new degree programme?

Dr. Angerer: Blockchain technology will be used in various industries in the future. Therefore, the degree not only offers the opportunity to establish oneself in the financial sector, but also in the energy, logistics, automotive or other industries.


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