[Sponsored Article] HKUST signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in June with the China Banking Association, Shenzhen University, and the China Construction Bank University to co-develop a professional qualification for fintech practitioners in China. This collaboration manifests a pioneering effort between Mainland China and Hong Kong to establish a nationwide qualification framework and enhance professionalism for the fintech industry. In response to a strong demand for fintech talent in China, all four parties will work closely together for an industry-recognized professional qualification, including its assessment, training, quality assurance, and influence across the nation and beyond. As the only institution from Hong Kong represented in this meaningful collaboration, HKUST Business School will play a leading role in curriculum design, developing a certificate classification system, and promoting the qualification in collaboration with our partners. Our faculty has been invited to teach the first batch of some 300 candidates who are preparing to obtain the qualification.