What You Will Learn
Learn about the opportunities and challenges of providing financial solutions in emerging markets, FinTech development trends, and how to leverage digital technology.
Learn about the 15-year tech-enabled financial inclusion journey of Alipay by going through the innovations such as digital payments, 310 model, etc.
Overview of key technologies: Blockchain, AI, Security, IoT, Computing, their applications in financial services, and the Future of FinTech.
Take a deep dive into innovations including Alipay, Ant Forest and Yu’E Bao, their enabling factors and technologies behind.
DIRECTOR OF LUOHAN ACADEMY
Dr. Chen is the Director of Luohan Academy, the open research platform that brings the best research minds together to advance the research frontiers of the digital economy and shape constructive consensus for the public good.
VP, ANT FINANCIAL
Sabrina joined Alibaba Group in 2000. She was the architect behind Alibaba.com's TrustPass, a product used by hundreds of thousands of SMEs in China to enable trust in e-commerce. In 2012, she joined Alipay as Vice President.
CTO, ALIBABA GROUP
Joined Alipay in 2005, Li Cheng was leading engineering teams in designing and building every generation of Alipay's architecture and infrastructure, and promoting global digital payment and financial inclusion. He took his current position in December 2019.
Senior Director of Technology, Ant Financial
William led the e-Wallets implementation and cooperation in countries including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Senior Advisor, Ant Financial Research Institute
Mr. Chiu’s research is focused on global Fintech innovation, global Fintech regulatory policies, and applications of emerging technologies such as Blockchain. Prior to joining Ant Financial, he has 14 years of financial industry experience.
Jerry is a life-long learner and online education enthusiast since 2012. He now serves Udacity China as a Learning Products Manager. Jerry obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
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"Technology offers the largest dividend of the digital era bringing unprecedented opportunities for financial inclusion. Individuals with talent in technology are the drivers for change who can inspire innovation that will lead to a better collective future. Now is the time for Alipay to share its knowledge and experience in digital financial services to broaden the tech communities and ecosystem within emerging markets."
Eric Jing, Executive Chairman of Ant Financial
About Ant Financial
Ant Financial Services Group, officially established in October 2014, is an innovative technology provider that aims to bring inclusive financial services to the world. Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, we are the operator of Alipay, an online payment service launched in 2004 which has since evolved into the world’s largest payment and lifestyle platform. As a member of the Alibaba digital economy, Ant Financial is working hand in hand with Alibaba Group to make it easy to do business anywhere across the world. Through our innovative technologies, Ant Financial is committed to helping global consumers and small-and-micro enterprises gain access to inclusive financial services that are secure, green, and sustainable, creating greater value for society and bringing equal opportunities to the world.
Alipay is the world's leading open digital lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial. In 2004, Alipay launched as an escrow service to address the issue of trust between online buyers and sellers in the early days of e-commerce in China. Continuously innovating to bring mobile payment to the world, Alipay serves more than 1.2 billion users worldwide together with its global e-wallet partners as of June 30, 2019.
The 10x1000 Tech for Inclusion Program was jointly launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Alipay in 2018. The goal is to help emerging markets cultivate tech leaders to become drivers for advancing digital economic development.
The program aims to train 1,000 digital technology leaders every year for the next 10 years, a critical effort to enhance human capital for emerging markets.
As part of the program, Ant Financial partners Udacity in developing the “FinTech 101: Featuring Alipay” online course. This course is taught by key leaders from Alibaba Group and Ant Financial, and discusses how technology can transform the traditional financial sector and bring financial inclusion to billions of people.
Anyone 18 years of age and above is encouraged to apply.
There is no specific prerequisite for the course. However, the course content is designed for leaders and future leaders with the capacity to bring financial inclusion to people in emerging markets. Hence, the content may be most suited to those in leadership positions within the technology, business, and public sector domains.
The program will be taught in English.
The program takes place 100% online. Students can work from wherever they want to, as long as they have a sufficient internet connection to stream videos.
Results of application will be announced every month. Please apply to the program early to receive earlier admission. Classes start immediately upon successful admission to the program. We will release the first lesson on March 26, the rest of the lessons will be released throughout June.
No, the program is completely free for all admitted learners.
Students have the flexibility to study according to their own schedule, each lesson takes about an hour to complete. We recommend learners to set aside time to learn each week in order to finish the course on time. Students will have up to 6 months' access to the course in Udacity‘s Classroom.
Udacity’s full technical requirements are listed here.
This course is co-created by experts from Alibaba, Alipay, and Udacity. The content developers and instructors are:
Long Chen: Dr. Chen is the Director of Luohan Academy, the open research platform in Alibaba and Ant Financial. He has designed Lesson 1 to help you gain a deep understanding of the Digital Technology and Inclusive Growth.
Sabrina Peng: Sabrina is Vice President of Ant Financial. In this course, she is leading the content of lesson 2: Alipay's 15-year tech-enabled financial inclusion journey and flagship innovations.
Ming Chiu: Ming Chiu is Senior Advisor of Ant Financial Research Institute. He has shared the 15-year tech-enabled financial inclusion journey of Alipay and its innovation in Lesson 2.
Li Cheng: Li Cheng is the CTO of Alibaba Group. In this course, he is leading the content of Lesson 3: BASIC - Key Technologies of FinTech.
William XIONG: William is Senior Director of Technology at Ant Financial. He has shared his fintech experience through Lesson 3, giving an overview of key technologies and their applications in financial services, and the Future of FinTech.
Jerry Wu: Jerry is a life-long learner and has a passion for data and teaching; he has built several courses at Udacity. Currently he is the Learning Products Manager at Udacity. Previously, he is the Curriculum Lead of Udacity's Data School.
Steven He: Steven is the Curriculum Lead of Udacity's AI School with a multidisciplinary academic background, including math, statistic and computer sciences. Previously, he is an instructor of Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree Program.
Alvin Lee: Alvin is Udacity's Content Advisor. He graduated from Yale University and served in management positions in the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. Alvin is also an experienced technology and educational content professional.
Udacity’s full Terms and Conditions are posted here.