On December 22, East China Normal University signed a strategic cooperation agreement with BOC Fintech and the Bank of China Shanghai Branch. Those attending the ceremony included Academician Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU, Zhou Aoying, Vice President of ECNU, Zhang Shouchuan, President of the Bank of China Shanghai Branch, and Xing Guiwei, Chairman of BOC Fintech. The signing ceremony was presided over by Song Chongyong, President of the Bank of China Shanghai Putuo Sub-branch.
As Academician Qian Xuhong noted, nowadays, quantum technology is evolving rapidly, and quantum thinking, quantum theory and technology are showing greater impact on finance, data science, and other multidisciplinary fields. Integrating special disciplines such as finance, data science, software, computer, and mathematics, ECNU is capitalizing on the new opportunity of fintech development to cultivate interdisciplinary professionals with financial thinking and innovation ability. He hopes that the partnership will enable the building of a new platform for fintech to lead quality economic development and contribute more to the building of Shanghai into a financial center as well as to China’s fintech industry.
The partnership between the Bank of China and ECNU goes back 17 years, and the cooperation continues to expand. As noted by Zhang Shouchuan, the Bank of China will work together with BOC Fintech to engage in in-depth cooperation with ECNU in areas such as smart campus building, talent training, international exchange, innovation research, and fintech certification.
In his speech, Xing Guiwei expressed his hope that the strategic cooperation can fully stimulate the advantages of the three parties in R&D and talent training in related fields, open a new model of cooperation among universities, banks, and fintech companies in the reform of university education informatization, provide comprehensive service capability of finance + technology for ECNU and empower the long-term development of education modernization.
According to the agreement, the three parties will explore new fields and new products in the building of the “digital campus” and promote the coordinated development of smart education and teaching, campus management, and life services; use big data, AI, and other new technologies to build an “educational digital brain” and explore the building of “education+” talent life-cycle assessment and new “Internet+” online education platform; conduct joint research on key S&T innovation topics to promote breakthroughs in cutting-edge technologies and practical applications in the field of fintech and education technology; and contribute to the cultivation of professionals in the field of education technology and finance in China.
Author: Xu Xincheng
Editor: Li Mengjie