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FinTech centre at ITU offers 8-week internship

FinTech centre at ITU offers 8-week internship




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LAHORE: A pioneering FinTech research centre at Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab, first in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Digital Financial Services Research Group (DFSRG) University of Washington (Seattle) (http://dfs.cs.washington.edu) established with an aim of research into the financial technology space for improvement of access, creation and adoption of digital financial services and a step towards a global collaboration in DFS research is providing eight weeks summer internship opportunity from July 1, 2017 to August 25, 2017, to enthusiastic individuals who intend to join the collaborative research with University of Washington on Digital Financial Services in Pakistan.

The internship is designed to provide Research Opportunities in Financial Education, Financial Inclusion of Women and FinTech Centre Workshops while work areas include Research Design, Qualitative and Quantitative Research and Data Transcription and Analysis. The skills required for the internship are Good writing and communication, Strong analytical skills and Passion to learn. ITU students interested in working in ICTD and Digital Financial Services are encouraged to apply and will be preferred. CVs should be sent to: [email protected]

Dr Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor Information Technology University (ITU) and Dr Richard Anderson, Head DFSRG & Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington (Seattle USA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in January this year to establish a pioneering FinTech research Centre in Pakistan.

The FinTech Centre and DFSRG will conduct collaborative research in the areas of cyber security, authentication, financial education, fraud prevention, data analytics, and customer experience studies in digital financial services.  The FinTech centre will also perform research on the digitization of Government-to-Person (G2P) and Person-to-Government (P2G) payments in the country. The Centre aims at working closely with the industry, government institutions, academia and customers.

It is the first ever collaboration in the World with Pakistan, which will be extended in the Africans and other Asian countries. Dr. Umar Saif hoped that it would facilitate the smartphone transactions and establish transparency in the system.

DFSRG is a research group at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington and is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.



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