Summer Programme

Finance, Big Data and Analytics Summer Programme
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Course Content

Location: Virtual. All courses will be conducted through Zoom

Programme Highlights

  • Cases to demonstrate how to finance and analytics methodologies are applied to solve real-world business challenges
  • Build foundational knowledge of Finance for a specialization in the field
  • Financial technology (fintech) and its applications in financial markets
  • Hands-on coding and exercises with real world financial data
  • Lunch talks by academic directors of various masters programmes


Who is it for?

  • Open to local and overseas undergraduate and post-graduates from all disciplines
  • Take advantage of the summer break to boost your knowledge of finance, financial data analytics and programming skills
  • All instructions will be conducted in English


Course Fees

SG$5000 (excl. GST) for Week 1 Foundation in Finance Segment

SG$7000 (excl. GST) for Week 1 Foundation in Finance Segment and Week 2 Financial Technology Segment


Programme Schedule (*subject to change)


Valuation Basics and Financial Statement Analysis

by Assoc Prof Ruth Tan
This topic covers valuation basics including discounted cash flow and effective interest rates, and conducts financial analysis and relative valuation through the use of case studies.

Capital Budgeting

by Professor Allaudeen Hameed
This topic applies appraisal techniques to evaluate investments, introduces the concept of incremental cash flows, and covers sensitivity analysis and scenario analysis on key variables of the investment decision.

Risk & Return and Portfolio Theory

by Assoc Prof Johan Sulaeman
This topic covers a comprehensive framework for making investment decisions, including the measurement of risk and return, the important concept of diversification, modern portfolio theory leading to optimal portfolio allocation, various asset pricing models, and market efficiency.

Financial Institution and Instruments

by Assoc Prof Yeo Wee Yong
This topic introduces participants to different financial institutions, their functions, and the risks they are exposed to. The common types of financial instruments they create and trade will also be discussed.

Financial Markets, and History and Future of Finance

by Dr Ben Charoenwong
Where do financial markets come from and how will they evolve in the near future? From the invention of tokenization in ancient Greece to paper money in China to the ATM in the United States, global financial markets have been built upon the financial technology of its time. This topic discusses the origins of the current financial markets, current assets and trading structures, including the market for information and financial data, as well as areas for future development.


Data Structure and Analytics

by Dr Lee Yen Teik
Through a mix of discussions and experiential exercises, this topic applies scientific methods to translate raw data into actionable insights for better decision making.

Robo-Advisory and Wealth Management

by Professor David Lee
This topic introduces participants to the applications of Robo-Advisors and covers the key trends in relation to AI and FinTech landscape in the USA and Asia including technology, regulatory environment, and business models. It examines the transformation of the Robo space in anticipation of the latest trends in Central Bank Digital Currency, eWallet and Crypto Custody for Robo businesses.

Fund Selection and Alternative Investment

by Dr Zhang Weina
This topic discusses how an investor can evaluate and select professionally managed funds for investment. Various fund performance measures are discussed and compared. The alternative investment covers the extended portfolio theory by incorporating the consideration of environmental and social returns with financial returns in portfolio allocation.

Household Finance

by Professor Sumit Agarwal
This topic covers how households make financial decisions relating to the functions of consumption, payment, risk management, borrowing and investing, how institutions provide goods and services to satisfy these financial functions of households, and how interventions by firms, governments and other parties affect the provision of financial services. It includes the practical aspect of how data and FinTech can be used to study household spending, saving and default, specifically during COVID.

Credit Risk

by Dr Sungjune Pyun
This topic covers the fundamentals of credit risk measurement and management, which includes industry practices of measuring credit risk, principles of expected credit loss calculation and tools for credit risk management such as credit default swaps.

World-class Faculty

Allaudeen Hameed

Allaudeen HAMEED

Head of Department
Tang Peng Yeu Professor in Finance
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BBA (Hons), Second Class Upper Division, NUS

Allaudeen Hameed is the Head of the Finance Department at NUS Business School. He has won several Outstanding Research awards, has works published in leading finance journals and serves on editorial boards of several academic journals. Dr Hameed`s research interests include return-based trading strategies, stock return co-movement, liquidity, role of financial analysts and international financial markets.

Sumit Agarwal


Professor of Finance, Economics and Real Estate
Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Professor
PhD, University of Wisconsin
MA, Economics, University of Wisconsin
BSc, Computer Science, University of Wisconsin

Sumit is a Professor in the departments of Economics, Finance and Real Estate. His research on issues related to household finance, behavioural finance, international finance, real estate markets, and capital markets has been published in top tier journals and cited in international media. He has consulted with the World Bank, was a senior financial economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago and held the position of Senior Vice President in the Small Business Risk Solutions Group of Bank of America.

Zhang Weina

Zhang Weina

Senior Lecturer
PhD, Northwestern University
Msc, Northwestern University
B.B.A (First Class Honors), National University of Singapore

Weina is a senior lecturer with the Department of Finance. Her research focuses on fixed income securities, asset pricing and sustainable & social finance. She has published many academic papers in leading finance and economics journals. She has taught Investments Analysis and Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Research Methods in Finance, and International Financial Management, and impact investing to a wide range of students. She has also published many teaching cases and textbooks. She is a recipient of several best paper awards and teaching awards.

Ruth Tan

Ruth TAN

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Washington
Msc. Pennsylvania State University
B.Acc, National University of Singapore

Ruth is an Associate Professor of Finance who teaches Financial Markets, Financial Management and Corporate Finance. She has been awarded the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award and was placed on the Honour Roll for her commitment and performance in teaching.

YEO Wee Yong

YEO Wee Yong

Associate Professor
PhD, Indiana University
M. Business, Indiana University
B.B.A (First Class Honors), National University of Singapore

Wee Yong is an Associate Professor of Finance who teaches Financial Markets, Private Equity and Investment Banking. He has won several educator awards, including the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award. He was placed on the Honour Roll for his commitment and performance in teaching.



Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Chicago
B.Sc. in Honors Economics, Honors Statistics, and Financial Mathematics

Ben is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the National University of Singapore Business School. His research includes studying the interaction of supply chain and financial leverage decisions, pricing the voting component of common stock, and the regulation of investment advisers. Ben teaches undergraduate and postgraduate International Financial Management, and R Programming in Finance.

PYUN Sungjune

PYUN Sungjune

Assistant Professor
PhD, USC Marshall School of Business
Bachelor of Arts, Applied Statistics, Business Administration, Yonsei University

Sungjune is an assistant professor with the Department of Finance. His areas of expertise include Empirical Asset Pricing, Financial Derivatives And Risk Management, and Financial Econometrics. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Financial Economics.

Certificate and Recommendation letter

Students graduating from the programme will receive:

  • NUS Business School certificate of participation

In addition, the two best students in the programme will receive:

  • Recommendation letter from academic director of the summer programme


Applicants should provide:

  1. Current resume
  2. University transcript
  3. Photocopy of university student card


Application deadline: 31 May 2021


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Course Fees
SG$5000 (excl. GST) for Week 1 Foundation in Finance Segment; SG$7000 (excl. GST) for Week 1 Foundation in Finance Segment and Week 2 Financial Technology Segment
5 - 16 July 2021
2 weeks

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