The University of Sydney Business School, in partnership with fintech, MoneyMe, has awarded a $96,000 Fintech Industry Partner Scholarship to Sydney University business analytics PhD student, Jian Tina Zhai.
The scholarship would waive Zhai’s fees throughout the three-year course, and provide her with work experience at MoneyMe where she would assist with their new consumer lending platform, ‘Horizon’.
Zhai said working with the fintech would allow her to “hit the ground running” and in achieving her ultimate aim of applying academic research to a wide range of industry endeavors.
“It will also allow me to apply my data science skills and experience at the forefront of technological advances in areas such as credit score modelling, data mining and artificial intelligence in the MoneyMe systems,” she said.
Clayton Howes, co-founder and chief executive officer of MoneyMe, said the fintech fully supported any initiatives that encouraged the next generation of fintech entrepreneurs.
“There is great potential in this younger generation that fintechs like us can unlock if we are able to capture their value by providing opportunities such as this one,” said Howes. “In doing so, members of this generation can also gain valuable work experience that will give them a huge advantage against their peers, whether they decide to work for a fintech – or build one themselves.”