Issue 90, September 2010
Trading expertise
The new NTU-SGX Centre for Financial Education is Asia’s first live trading lab within a university and caters to the training needs of capital market professionals and regional investors.

NTU will soon play host to professional traders keen to grow their skills in the area of algorithmic trading with the launch of the NTU-SGX Centre for Financial Education, the first such undertaking between an Asian university and Asian exchange.

Opened on 7 September, the state-of-the-art centre has 80 algorithmic trading-enabled terminals linked to the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and seeks to tap the strengths of NTU’s Nanyang Business School – Singapore’s leading business school and its only one in the top 30 of the Financial Times’ Global MBA 2010 rankings.

The enterprise, which will also involve RTS Realtime Systems as the key technology partner and SGX Academy, will see NTU play a starring role in SGX’s plan to create an ideal setting for market participants and investors in Asia. NTU’s College of Science and College of Engineering will also contribute expertise to the centre.

“The NTU-SGX Centre for Financial Education will take the development of Singapore as a dominant regional financial training and R&D hub to a new level, positioning this as the key training centre for capital market professionals in Asia,” said Mr Magnus Bocker, Chief Executive Officer of SGX.

Describing NTU as “one of the most progressive educational institutions in science, mathematics and technology”, Mr Bocker said this made NTU “a natural choice” as a partner.

Training programmes will begin in October, with a range of subjects covered such as algorithmic trading, emerging trends in the regional capital markets, and corporate governance. The courses will be tailored for professional traders and financial institutions, as well as NTU students and the public. Financial institutions will also be able to take advantage of the facility to conduct research on trading strategies.

The centre expects to certify about 250 to 300 students from countries such as India and Japan by the end of the first year. It will be led by Prof Low Buen Sin from the Nanyang Business School.

Mastery of capital, risk and governance
NTU President Dr Su Guaning is excited by “the synergy” that the new centre will bring to the capital markets.

“I am confident that this close partnership will put SGX and NTU at the forefront of innovation in the region’s financial industry by providing capital market professionals with the latest critical skills and opening up new frontiers of understanding and mastery in capital, risk and governance,” said Dr Su.

He added that Singapore as a whole stood to gain from the added competitive edge that the centre would bring by “promoting the latest knowledge, best practices and market insights that will help advance our position as a leading global financial centre”.

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