Oxford University Embraces Digital Finance & Crypto


Oxford University is renowned globally as one of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions.

Its history extends back to the very beginning of the establishment of the country of England, making it 925 years old, making it a founding institute and a mark of the new ruling elite just after the halcyon days of William The Conqueror.

Whilst Oxford University maintains its red brick status as a British institution and a collegiate research university, its students and curriculum are at the forefront of modernity, and today, the university has embraced the future of finance, viewing digital assets, blockchain technology, decentralized economy and cryptocurrency as instruments which will pave the way ahead for the global economy.

Said Business School, which is the business school of the University of Oxford, named after Syrian billionaire Wafic Saïd, has today unveiled five online executive education short programmes to prepare professionals for the future of finance through a blend of video instruction, AI coaching, and small-group collaborative learning.

Collaborating with Esme Learning in order to build the digital learning platform, Oxford University’s understanding is that business leaders across financial services industries will need to keep pace with rapidly evolving updates in AI, Open Banking, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and cyber security subsectors.

That’s absolutely for certain. There is no question that the digital economy is not only mature, but is multi-faceted and can perform far greater functionality than traditional methods, hence the vast price differential between major fiat currencies such as the US Dollar and Bitcoin.

The rise of regulated exchanges and fully decentralized capital markets facilitators such as CoinMetro, which not only holds a license to operate as a cryptocurrency exchange, but also has an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license which provides it with the regulatory framework to operate as an e-wallet-based payment services provider and is currently moving toward launching a multi-lateral trading facility (MTF) in the next twelve months which will mark the company out as a digital challenger bank, with payments, a cryptocurrency exchange and an MTF all on one platform.

New initiatives such as providing a fully comprehensive exchange facility for new cryptocurrencies that have functionality that is likely to be part of the future of all transaction-related services such as smart contracts, an intrinsic part of blockchain functionality, and the ability for members of the public to play their own role in the development of new decentralized currencies such as participation in staking processes which earns a passive income whilst broadening the range of asset classes that are held within the hands of members of societies rather than the elite and traditional, are all very much here.

Oxford University’s Said Business School along with Esme Learning has estimated that the global fintech market is expected to reach a market value of $305 billion by 2025. This lightning-fast industry growth means there is a greater demand for fintech talent who can manage emerging technologies.

David Shrier, CEO and co-founder of Esme Learning made a commercial statement on the launch today, stating that “The global financial services sector is undergoing large-scale digital transformation, creating billions of dollars of opportunity for technologically savvy executives, and career risk for people who fail to adapt to this change. The Oxford Digital Finance Executive Series helps prepare professionals for success in this rapidly evolving environment.”

The program begins in October this year and is modular, with the second elective concentrating solely on blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and functionality.

Delegates will learn comprehensively about how blockchain works and how it is used today, as well as how cryptocurrencies and tokens are created, and tactics of market winners. They will also learn the reasons why Central Bank-issued digital currencies are important, and what they mean for business and for society, and will study the rationale behind how established organisations can employ blockchain to maximise value creation and the methods by which blockchain ecosystems and communities are cultivated along with what can be done to shape a blockchain market strategy.

This is a substantial step forward, and once again demonstrates the prominence and importance of cryptocurrency in the development of the financial ecosystem of the future, which will need qualified leaders to operate it.

In the 1980s, it was the mathematics gurus and quants. Today and tomorrow, it’s the cryptocurrency graduates from Oxford University.