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Blog 2018

Fintech Americas & Florida International University (FIU) Launch Banking Innovation & Transformation Continuing Education Program

Fintech Americas and Florida international University (FIU) announced today that they have partnered to create a program for mid-career banking professionals looking to become knowledgeable and proficient on the innovative trends, technologies and strategies that bankers and banks need to transform in the digital age. The Course will take place on September 5th, 2018 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and will immediately be followed by the Fintech Americas Bank Innovation and Transformation Conference.


The three-day Fintech Americas / FIU Banking Innovation and Transformation Continuing Education program which includes the one-day course and admission to the two-day Fintech Americas Conference, attendees will learn actionable strategies and frameworks developed for banking professionals and institutions seeking to transform their operations and build innovation and digital transformation into their business strategy and approach. The program emphasizes tangible, practical content which can be immediately deployed within banking and other financial service institutions.


“As banking disruption accelerates, many banking professionals are finding themselves in need of a new strategic and business-model framework in order to help their organization, and careers, remain competitive in today’s age of banking disruption, automation, artificial intelligence (A.I.) and Blockchain,” said Ray Ruga, Fintech Americas co-Founder. He added that “having access to a program that provides accreditation from a respected university like FIU is an important step in helping bankers and banks continue retooling their teams to met the changing needs of the market.”


“FIU prides itself on having its finger on the pulse of our city’s and regions economy and being able to provide this type of tailored program to meet the needs of a dynamic industry in the midst of a wave of innovation and transformation change is emblematic of the role we play” said Jerry Haar, Professor and interim Executive Director, Office of Executive & Professional Education, College of Business, Florida International University. He added that “this program was created to mix a rigorous academic foundation with practical industry focused learning that is immediately applicable.”


Course attendees improve their understanding of the disruptive industry dynamics and how best to assist their institution in formulating and implementing innovative transformation strategies. The program will cover a range of topics, including: Disruption & Opportunity – Trends & Outlook for Banking & Financial Services; Building Teams, Culture, & Strategy to Innovate & Transform; Transformation 101 – From the Client to the Back-Office, the Fundamentals of Automating Banking Functions; Banks & Fintechs – Developing your Banks’ strategy to Build, Buy or Partner; and Understanding and Exploring Blockchain and A.I. for banking & Financial Services.


About Fintech Americas

In 2014, we started a conference to bring together industry leaders to provide insights into the latest trends, ideas, strategies and solutions to help banks confront the wave of digital disruption that was changing the way consumers accessed financial services.  Today, Fintech Americas is a growing banking innovation and transformation business media brand in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a unique focus on promoting the digital modernization of the region’s banking and financial services system. Created for, by and about progressive banking leaders, we want Fintech Americas to inspire our community to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and embrace new ways of doing business while highlighting and promoting the leaders and visionaries forging a new path and reinventing the industry.


About the FIU College of Business

Florida International University’s College of Business, plays pivotal role in the development of global business leaders. Two of its international business programs are ranked among the Top 15 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report and Financial Times. In the 2017 edition of U.S. News’ Best Colleges report, the undergraduate international business program was ranked #5 in the U.S. Among the Best Graduate Schools, the College of Business was ranked #15 in graduate international business programs in 2016. The largest of the FIU’s professional schools, the College of Business has unique expertise in international business, data analytics, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, and a broad range of financial services. Its Hollo School of Real Estate was ranked #1 in the U.S. and #2 globally by the Journal of Real Estate Literature. More than 8,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate business courses in its R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business, and over 2,000 graduate students study in its Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Graduate School of Business every year. Another 1,000 business professionals participate annually in one or more of its professional and executive education programs. For more information, visit


About FIU

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy and is ranked second in Florida in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Employers” list. FIU graduates are consistently among the highest paid college graduates in Florida and are among the leaders of public and private organizations throughout South Florida. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time.