Finance students explore FinTech and AI in London

Almost 50 students from the MSc Finance & Investments Advanced (FI-A) programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) travelled to London, UK, in a quest to discover if, and how, technology is taking over the financial industry. They visited companies, attended lectures and networked with RSM alumni during the student-organised study trip in January 2018.

For one week, the 47 top students representing 18 nationalities explored FinTech and its impact on the financial services industry. They attended a series of lectures and company visits organised by RSM alumni working in the finance industry, ranging from private equity (Oceania Capital Partners Limited) to hedge funds (ATLAS Infrastructure). They also visited Australian bank Macquarie, and Channel Capital Advisors, an asset management firm specialising in financial solutions for corporates and asset management services to investors.

Project finance

“These events with alumni were great,” says Finnish FI-A student Markus Rönnberg. “They gave a good insight into diverse career paths in finance. Also, our visit to Macquarie was interesting as they gave a good presentation on project finance.”

German student Anton Bitzer also found the visit to the Macquarie Group a highlight of the study trip. “We learned some best practices in the industry, as well as about working environments and cultures in various companies. Many of us got fresh motivation and an in-depth understanding of the diversity of the industry which is useful when applying for internships and jobs.”

Risk management and AI in banking

At insurance provider AON and financial advisory firm Accuracy, the students learned about insurance, reinsurance and risk management as well as about the retirement and investment business of the firm.

Mizuho bank employees explained artificial intelligence (AI) and its numerous applications in banking with the students. This exciting topic was very well received by the group, prompting a lively discussion at the end of the talk. And at Amazon’s London office, the finance students explored how technology has revolutionised the retail industry.

Job opportunities in finance

In addition to various networking opportunities, the students benefitted from the informative talks by the company representatives throughout the study trip. For example, the students learned which companies provide capital to technology ventures, how the established financial institutions are breaking into the FinTech field, and which finance jobs will be in demand in the future.

The study trip to London was organised by the FI-A Committee at RSM’s study association STAR.

MSc Finance & Investments Advanced

RSM’s 16-month, 90 ECTS MSc Finance & Investments Advanced programme is a selective and advanced-level programme offering demanding content to recognise students of exceptional ability, quantitative skills and advanced knowledge, as well as their managerial and social skills. It features more personal and closer interaction with businesses and organisations in the industry as well as highly interactive and small classes.

Companies can partner with this exclusive group of world-class finance students. There are many mutual benefits to being a corporate partner of this unique programme, including real-life business case support, recruitment opportunities, and networking opportunities with highly talented young professionals and a top finance research group.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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