But which universities will they recruit from? Which Hong Kong colleges currently supply the most graduates into technology jobs in Hong Kong financial services?
To find out we searched our CV database for recent graduates (people with three years’ experience or less) who are now working in IT in Hong Kong and who also studied at one of the city’s leading universities.
The results, set out in the chart below, suggest the Chinese University of Hong Kong is the place to be if you want to become a financial technologist. Almost a quarter of recent local graduates working in Hong Kong fintech come from the school, according to the eFinancialCareers database.
CUHK, largely through its BSc in Computer Science, continues to capitalise on its historical reputation in information technology. In 1973 it became the first university to open a computer science department in Hong Kong.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, is also a popular institution for students wanting tech jobs in finance. Its computer science and engineering department, which boasts 50 faculty members, ranked 14th globally in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.
Third and fourth placed Hong Kong University and the City University of Hong Kong also appear to be reasonably good choices for aspiring banking technologists.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University and the Open University of Hong Kong appear further down our table, despite all offering degrees in computing.
Liberal arts-focused Lingnan University brings up the rear of our table. But it’s not impossible to pursue an IT career after graduating from that college. As we recently reported, Eddie Rong left Lingnan in May 2015 and just two months later he set up his own fintech company in Hong Kong.
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