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NSYSU co-learning group signs MOU with Next Bank on student internship in smart finance


(Provided by College of Social Sciences) To cultivate new professionals of digital-only banking, Smart City & Smart Mobility Co-Learning Group of NSYSU signed an agreement on industry-academia cooperation with Next Bank, integrating both parties’ resources to cultivate students, let them put in practice what they learned, and enhance their employee competence. Next Bank will provide internship opportunities for the students of the course on Smart Finance for them to learn about the innovation and reformation in banking services and embrace the unstoppable digitalization trend in banking.

The convener of the Smart City & Smart Mobility Co-Learning Group of NSYSU, Professor Yu-Kang Lee of the Department of Political Economy at NSYSU said that the Group’s submitted end-of-semester report on smart finance and the integration of various fields resulted in a synergy of creative and feasible solutions that exceeded the expectations of the industry and facilitated long-term cooperation between Next Bank and the College of Social Sciences at NSYSU. The College of Social Sciences has always been dedicated to cultivating students to be keen observers of the society. Professor Lee said that in class, the students learn how to investigate social problems and solve them in a creative way – an indispensable ability for an ever-changing future.

CEO Yi-Cheng Ian Liu explained that Next Bank will provide internships for the students of the Smart Finance course to cultivate professionals for the new era of digital-only banking. The students will be offered internships not for their study performance but their passion for digital-only banking, sensitivity to information change, and boldness in self-expression.

On the day the MOU was signed, CEO Liu gave a speech on the new era of the digital economy and talked about the transformations in the structure of the industry and innovation in digital-only banking. He mentioned that in the times when we are flooded with information, echo chamber is the key to convey a message and discussed how to consolidate the role of C2C media in the new era of the development of digital-only banking. The first wave of client group of Next Bank is young smartphone users. This cooperation with the College of Social Sciences is expected to bring in a deeper understanding of young people’s thinking by interacting with them.

A sophomore of the Department of Business Administration, Chi-Han Hu said that the lecture let her revise her perspective on the financial sector; she realized that it is a sector that can bring in great profits and still has many unmet needs. A third-year student of the Department of Political Economy Pin-I Li who studies the course on Smart Finance, said that he hopes to learn how technology can make a financial institution grow and thrive, how it can be applied across fields and become a part of everyday life. The course teacher’s assistant, a second-year student of the master program of the Department of Business Administration, Ching-Wei Chang, commented on the lecture saying that he hopes that the students of the course can grasp new trends, understand the transformation in the financial sector, and in the future, put in practice their knowledge in smart finance and become the trendsetters of the new era.

(Edited by Public Affairs Division)
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