05 Dec 2018
SIM Global Education (SIM GE) students are set to have an edge in the fast growing fintech industry with an agreement signed between SIM Holdings and OneConnect Financial Technology, a subsidiary of Ping An Group, an integrated finance conglomerate in China.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on 19 November 2018, Ping An Academy will offer SIM GE students a one-year fintech course based on real-world knowledge and case studies. Besides learning from the professionals, SIM GE students will be considered for internships as well as career opportunities in OneConnect and related companies.
According to the Singapore Fintech Association, the industry will churn out 1000 new jobs annually. While Singapore is poised to be a regional leader in fintech, experts have warned that a shortage of talent will stifle its growth. Both organisations hope that this collaboration will help to grow a talent pipeline for OneConnect and the larger finance and technology community.
The MOU was signed by Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), SIM Holdings, and Ms Tan Bin Ru, CEO, OneConnect. The event was held in conjunction with the grand opening of OneConnect’s Singapore office in Mapletree Business City.
From left to right: Jessica Tan, Deputy Group CEO, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer of Ping An; Ms Peggy Lim, Assistant CEO of SIM GE; Dr Lee Kwok Cheong; Ms Tan Bin Ru; Ms Rachel Liu, Chief Operating Officer of OneConnect; and Ms Euleen Goh, Chairman, SIM Governing Council.