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Professional Online Certificate Courses

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6 weeks 10h/week Self-paced online training €2,000

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Certificate Course 1: Blockchain, Law, Regulation and Policy

The start date for this course is Sep 9, 2019 – Register Now

About the Course

The course has a high level of specialization. Aiming to clarify themes that make sense for regulators, influencers and legal advisors. Like AML/KYC, taxation, market integrity, customer protection, money transfers, financial inclusion, compliance with regulatory frameworks and issues related to the use of smart contracts. Specific use cases from North America, EU, Asia and the Middle East form the basis of the course material.

What the Course Covers

The course begins with a brief overview of latest technologies designed for the control, storage and distribution of Digital Assets. Thereafter, a basic framework for regulation and the main actors are presented. A classification and a taxonomy of cypto-assets is then reported followed by the main themes of regulation, associated risks and regulatory concerns. Case studies from Europe, Asia, Middle East and US are presented and issues related to the use of smart contracts are analyzed.

Who Should Take This Course?

Legal advisors, regulators, compliance officers and policy makers. Currently in, or moving into, positions responsible for decisions relating to blockchain technology, Those seeking comprehensive review and analysis of current practice, recent developments in worldwide jurisdictions (North America, EU, Japan, China, Korea, Middle East). Learning from successes, mis-steps and reversals. Though basic questions about distributed ledgers will be discussed and answered, as a necessary part of the introduction to regulatory matters, the course is not an in-depth study of blockchain. For those not yet familiar with, but interested in an in-depth understanding of the technology, you might also consider taking the free MOOC (Massive, Open Online Course) offered by UNIC, or one of our shorter Professional education courses focused on specific aspects of this digital assets. (See others.)

What Will You Learn?

  • Quick review of technology (to blockchain, virtual currencies and crypto-assets) as it stands in 2019
  • Regulatory issues & Legal issues
  • Classification and Taxonomy of crypto-assets
  • Token taxonomy frameworks
  • Main themes of regulation
  • Main regulatory and policy actors
  • The international bodies
  • Risks and Regulatory Concerns
  • Money service businesses, money transfers
  • AML/KYC/CTF, Taxation, Consumer protection, Market integrity
  • Compliance with regulatory frameworks
  • Market regulators, Bank regulators, Legislatures
  • Regulation cases from Europe, US, Asia and Middle East
  • Smart Contracts and related issues

Who You Will Learn From

Mr. Jeff Bandman
Founder and Principal of Bandman Advisors
Former senior official of US Commodity Futures Trading Commission – FinTech Advisor to the Chairman
Founding Director and Architect of LabCFTC

At Yale he is a Lecturer in Global Affairs on Cryptoassets, Blockchain and Public Policy teaching a senior Capstone seminar in the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Mr. Bandman was a senior official at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017. As FinTech Advisor to Chairman Giancarlo, he was Founding Director and architect of LabCFTC, the CFTC’s hub for engagement with FinTech innovation. He established and chaired the CFTC blockchain, virtual currency and FinTech working group from inception. Mr. Bandman led FinTech and RegTech coordination with domestic and international regulators. He joined the CFTC as Special Counsel to Chairman Timothy G. Massad, then led the CFTC’s Office of International Affairs. He led the CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk, which oversees many of the world’s largest clearinghouses. He led negotiations resulting in “Clearinghouse Equivalence” with the European Commission.

Certificate Course 2: Security Token Strategy

The start date for this course is Sep 9, 2019 – Register Now

About the Course

The course seeks to provide a good understanding of blockchain technology, financial services and its regulations. It explains how blockchain technology disrupts the existing ecosystem, and how to develop and analyze a security token business. The course focuses on practical problems in the security token space and helps the participants to understand how to the design new products and services.

What the Course Covers

The course is self-contained and does not require any specific prior knowledge; it will cover the key elements from the relevant areas (blockchain technology, financial services and markets structure, legal and regulatory, strategy tools and frameworks). At the end of the course, participants will have a deepened understanding of the tokenization space, and will be ready to apply it in practice, be it traditional banking or asset management, or in a start-up company disrupting those products or services

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is designed to provide participants coming from different backgrounds (eg technical, legal, finance, strategy, marketing) the necessary knowledge to successfully operate in the securities token space, ie the space of regulated financial investments on the blockchain.

What Will You Learn?

  • Blockchains and blockchain technology
  • Financial services and its regulations
  • Innovation strategy and business analysis
  • Developing and analyzing a security token business

Who You Will Learn From

Stefan Loesch
Blockchain expert
Managing Partner at LexByte
Author of the books “A Guide to Financial Regulation for Fintech Entrepreneurs” (Wiley 2018) and “Security Tokens”

Certificate Course 3: Applied Forecasting: Improving the Accuracy and Value of Your Predictions

The start date for this course is Nov 4, 2019 – Register Now

About the Course

Forecasts are needed for setting up inventory levels, constructing production or delivery schedules and in all types of planning: from budgeting to strategic. This course covers all types of forecasts and offers concrete information to business executives on how to improve the accuracy of their predictions. Such information is based on the findings of the M Competitions organized by Spyros Makridakis, the initiator of the course.

What the Course Covers

The course covers all forecasting methods and focuses on how they can be used practically to improve forecasting accuracy and the realistic estimation of uncertainty in future predictions

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is designed for executives in charge of finance, marketing, selling and operations as well as consultants. Key applications covered in this course are from the above areas using case studies to illustrate their usage. Participants will acquire a practical understanding of how forecasting can help them to improve the accuracy of their predictions, and what they need to do in practice to reap maximum benefits.

What Will You Learn?

The course will last six weeks and cover among other topics the following:

  • Where to start and how to apply forecasting in your business
  • Estimating the future uncertainty in your predictions and taking concrete actions to deal with such uncertainty
  • Time Series forecasting and its use, utilizing available, free software programs
  • Using regression Models and its exploiting its planning value
  • Neural networks, deep learning and hybrid forecasting models and their usefulness
  • Improving forecasting accuracy through the combination of forecasts
  • Exploiting the findings of the M Competitions to improve the forecasting function of your organization
  • Using your own data and available/free software programs to forecast your own series
  • Finding out how to use such free software in your own firm

Who You Will Learn From

Prof. Spyros Makridakis
and the other organizers of the M Competitions

Certificate Course 4: Blockchain and Energy

The start date for this course is Sep 9, 2019 – Register Now

About the Course

This course aims to provide insights on the use cases and respective applications of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The course is self-contained and is designed and developed in such a way that it provides students with all the required notions and aspects related to blockchain technology, power systems and smart grids, as well as the respective applications in their crossroads.

What the Course Covers

The course initially establishes a common understanding of Blockchain Technology, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrencies. Then it explains how all these technologies can be utilized by the energy sector. New business models, new paradigms, and Blockchain energy projects in the real world are also discussed. The course closes with an examination of the regulatory challenges, the existing limitations and the future steps.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for business leaders, managers and influencers who seek to get knowledge to anticipate the effects of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The course is suitable for anyone in an executive, managerial or director position but also to those employees who are looking for future skills to change their career as well as those who have a keen interest in Blockchain technology and its application in the energy sector.

What Will You Learn?

  • An overview of Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Understanding Blockchain
  • Types of Blockchains used in the Energy Sector
  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies: An Energy Sector Perspective
  • Smart Contracts and ÐApps for Energy Applications
  • Blockchain in Action: Use Cases Overview
  • Blockchains in the Energy Sector
  • Blockchain in the Energy Sector: The New Paradigm
  • Blockchain Use Cases for Energy
  • Blockchain Platforms for Energy
  • Blockchain Energy Projects in the Real World
  • Regulatory Challenges
  • Limitations and the Future Steps

Who You Will Learn From

Dr Ioannis Vlachos
Blockchain in Energy expert

Certificate Course 5: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

The start date for this course is Sep 9, 2019 – Register Now

About the Course

The aim of this course is to provide a deep understanding on Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies. In doing so, the course introduces Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, assesses the disruptive nature of Blockchain, evaluates how various industry sectors are to be disrupted by this emerging technology, analyses issues related to cryptocurrencies, blockchain-based crowdfunding innovation and relevant regulation. It also presents important case studies from various industries and reports lessons learned.

What the Course Covers

The course is divided into three main areas namely cryptocurrencies, Blockchain technology and real-life Blockchain applications. It initially provides a common understanding on cryptocurrencies and explains their usage and how to become a cryptocurrency user. It then moves to Blockchain and analyzes its main components, discusses the differences between public and private blockchains, explains the importance of consensus mechanisms and it explores the significance and usage of smart contracts.  The third part of the course focuses on the disruptive nature of blockchain technology and presents exemplar cases from various industries. The course closes with a summary of lessons learned from Blockchain applications and a presentation of the challenges in the area of Blockchain.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course creates an excellent level of knowledge on cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology. The course is suitable for anyone in an executive, managerial or director position but also to those employees who would like to understand what Blockchain technology is and how this can be used and applied in their business environment.

What Will You Learn?

  • History of money
  • Introduction to cryptocurrencies
  • Become a cryptocurrency user
  • Cryptocurrency wallets and wallet protection
  • Cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin
  • Introduction to Blockchains
  • Byzantine Generals Problem
  • Mining in Blockchain
  • Consensus mechanisms
  • Public Vs private Blockchains
  • Smart contracts and their importance
  • Blockchain cases (public domain, healthcare, supply chain, energy, education, shipping etc.)
  • Lessons learned
  • Existing challenges, limitations and future steps

Who You Will Learn From

Prof. Marinos Themistocleous
Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia
Prof. George Giaglis
General Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia
Antonis Polemitis
CEO, University of Nicosia

Certificate Course 6: Blockchain Strategy

About the Course

Blockchain has numerous use cases outside the world of Bitcoin that are still little known, and that have a potential to revolutionize business processes of many industries. The aim of this course is to investigate innovation frameworks as well as Design Thinking frameworks and explain how these can be applied in various sectors to introduce blockchain solutions.

What the Course Covers

The course initially focuses on key components that make up a blockchain and explains how these components can be successfully used to drive innovation. Innovation frameworks used in contemporary strategy analysis like those of Kim & Mauborgne’s “Blue Ocean” and Christensen’s “Disruption” will be analyzed, and a discussion will be followed on how blockchain will impact different industries. Thereafter, a Design Thinking framework will be described and information on how this framework can be used and applied in Blockchain cases will be given. 

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is designed for senior executives in charge of company strategy, innovation, IT, operations and consultants. Key blockchain applications covered in this course are from financial services, energy trading and supply chain, as well as others that are of interest to the group. Participants will acquire a robust understanding of how blockchain can transform their businesses, and what they need to do in practice to reap the benefits.

What Will You Learn?

  • Introduction to blockchain
  • The essence of the most important frameworks for innovation strategy
  • Frameworks and innovation strategy
  • Design Thinking Framework
  • Blockchain and disruptive innovation
  • Blockchain case studies from various verticals
  • Brainstorming and application
  • Development of use cases of interest to the course participants.

Who You Will Learn From

Stefan Loesch
Blockchain expert
Managing Partner at LexByte
Author of the books “A Guide to Financial Regulation for Fintech Entrepreneurs” (Wiley 2018) and “Security Tokens”

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