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Blockchain education is beginning to get more ground across educational institutions, and Australia is the latest country to embrace the trend.  RMIT University, a research and educational institution in Australia, announced that it launched two postgraduate courses in blockchain and cybersecurity. As the announcement explained, the courses will be coming in partnership with tech giant IBM, cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks, and local independent innovation hub Stone & Chalk. 

Meeting the Increasing Demand for Cybersecurity and Blockchain Professionals

IMB has built a name for itself in the blockchain sector, with several innovations to boast of across the space. As RMIT’s press release explained, the courses will tentatively begin in October 2020, and should run for about nine months. The university explained that it launched the course in response to a growing demand for expertise in both fields as the global business landscape continues to shift online.

The announcement cited an estimate which forecasts that Australia’s cybersecurity industry will achieve an AUD6 billion (about $4 billion) valuation over the next six years – about triple its current value. The industry is also expected to create a demand for up to 18,000 professionals across the country.

As for the blockchain, the industry is expected to grow by about 80 percent yearly. However, the industry faces a significant shortage of professionals, as only one in about 20 managers can find blockchain professionals in Australia.

Helen Souness, the chief executive of RMIT Online, explained that the goal of the program is to bridge the gap between professionals and employers looking to hire them. In part, she said:

“Cybersecurity and blockchain technologies are emerging as business-critical skills and we are delivering the training that provides those skills in our workforce.”

Rupert Colchester, the head of blockchain for IBM Australia and New Zealand, also pointed out that the courses will be instrumental in helping companies to apply blockchain to their operations.

Blockchain Education Continues to Grow

The development is underpinning what can only be seen as a growth in blockchain education. With the technology gaining prominence across the world, many companies and countries have sought to integrate it in some way or the other. To meet this demand, schools and organizations have launched several training courses and programs.

Last week, Suseong University, a learning institution in Daegu, South Korea, closed a deal with the Korea Artificial Intelligence Association to create a blockchain and artificial intelligence campus.

The campus will be located in Daegu. According to an announcement published on Money Today, it will run courses related to blockchain, AI, big data, and cloud-based technology. The institution is reportedly looking to start getting students from next year. 

China has also gotten in on the fun. Last week, reports confirmed that the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, a school affiliated with the country’s ruling Community Party, had published a crypto book. 

Titled, “Talking with Leading Cadres about Digital Currency,” the book is part of an ongoing series concerning disruptive technologies. Other books in the series relate to AI and blockchain.

The book is reportedly part of the Party’s plans to provide a useful information source to both party officials and public members.

Source: https://insidebitcoins.com/news/australian-research-school-launches-blockchain-course

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MAS completes multi-currency blockchain testing

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has completed its fifth and final testing phase for a multi-currency blockchain payments network.

MAS believes the prototype could change cross-border multi-currency payments

Codenamed Project Ubin, the blockchain network is jointly developed with JP Morgan and investment firm Temasek.

MAS announced the fifth phase of the project on 11 November 2019, following the successful development of a blockchain-based prototype for multi-currency payments.

Phase five of the test saw payments successfully settled in different currencies on the same network.

It validated the use of smart contracts on the payments network prototype for settlement, conditional payments and escrow for trade.

MAS believes that the prototype could enable faster and cheaper transactions than “conventional cross-border payments channels”.

The regulator adds that its current system can serve as a test network for collaboration with other central banks for developing “next generation cross-border payments infrastructure”.

To that end MAS has made technical specifications public to “further industry development”.

“As with all innovation adoption, there is a time for experimentation, and a time for commercialisation,” says Sopnendu Mohanty, chief fintech officer at MAS.

“Project Ubin has worked with the financial industry and blockchain community on a journey of experimentation, prototyping and learning.

“Following the successful experimentation over five phases, we look forward to greater adoption and live deployment of blockchain technology.”

Related: MAS launches $1.25m fintech challenge to tackle climate change & COVID-19

Source: https://www.fintechfutures.com/2020/07/mas-completes-multi-currency-blockchain-testing/

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Cloudflare CFO Thomas Seifert Joins First Derivatives’ Board

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Jefferies Group LLC, an American investment bank, announced this week that it has secured a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with Matthew Larson to take on the role effective from the 24th of August 2020.

Larson will be succeeding Teresa Gendron as the Group CFO, who has been the interim CFO of Jefferies following the passing of its former CFO, Peg Broadbent.

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Larson joins the investment bank from Barclays Americas, where he is currently the CFO, a role he has held for more than three years, his LinkedIn profile shows. He is also the CFO of Barclays PLC’s Global Markets business. 

Earlier in his career, Larson was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. During his time with the company, which spanned for eight years, he held several roles in the Finance Division

Commenting on the appointment, Rich Handler, Chief Executive Officer of Jefferies Group, and Brian Friedman, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Jefferies, said in the statement: “We are very pleased that Matt will soon become Jefferies Group’s CFO. 

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“Matt’s experience and skills make him well qualified to be our CFO and to oversee our corporate support functions. We want to thank Teri for the tremendous support she has given Jefferies Group as its interim CFO. 

“We look forward to Teri and Matt working closely together as the respective CFOs of Jefferies Financial Group Inc. and Jefferies Group.”

In addition to his career experience, Larson is a Certified Public Accountant. He graduated from the Idaho State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Jefferies sees solid Q2 2020 performance

The appointment of Larson, which was announced on Monday, follows on from Jefferies reporting a record financial performance for the second quarter of 2020.

As Finance Magnates reported, during the second quarter, the company saw net revenue of $1.03 billion, pre-tax income of $173 million, net earnings of $129 million, and return on tangible equity of 11.6 per cent.

Source: https://platoblockchain.net/cloudflare-cfo-thomas-seifert-joins-first-derivatives-board/

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Jefferies Group Names Matthew Larson as Chief Financial Officer

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Jefferies Group LLC, an American investment bank, announced this week that it has secured a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with Matthew Larson to take on the role effective from the 24th of August 2020.

Larson will be succeeding Teresa Gendron as the Group CFO, who has been the interim CFO of Jefferies following the passing of its former CFO, Peg Broadbent.

The Most Diverse Audience to Date at FMLS 2020 – Where Finance Meets Innovation

Larson joins the investment bank from Barclays Americas, where he is currently the CFO, a role he has held for more than three years, his LinkedIn profile shows. He is also the CFO of Barclays PLC’s Global Markets business. 

Earlier in his career, Larson was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. During his time with the company, which spanned for eight years, he held several roles in the Finance Division

Commenting on the appointment, Rich Handler, Chief Executive Officer of Jefferies Group, and Brian Friedman, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Jefferies, said in the statement: “We are very pleased that Matt will soon become Jefferies Group’s CFO. 

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“Matt’s experience and skills make him well qualified to be our CFO and to oversee our corporate support functions. We want to thank Teri for the tremendous support she has given Jefferies Group as its interim CFO. 

“We look forward to Teri and Matt working closely together as the respective CFOs of Jefferies Financial Group Inc. and Jefferies Group.”

In addition to his career experience, Larson is a Certified Public Accountant. He graduated from the Idaho State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Jefferies sees solid Q2 2020 performance

The appointment of Larson, which was announced on Monday, follows on from Jefferies reporting a record financial performance for the second quarter of 2020.

As Finance Magnates reported, during the second quarter, the company saw net revenue of $1.03 billion, pre-tax income of $173 million, net earnings of $129 million, and return on tangible equity of 11.6 per cent.

Source: https://platoblockchain.net/jefferies-group-names-matthew-larson-as-chief-financial-officer/

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