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Highlights of 2017 SAIF MF Summer Camp

What if SAIF’s academic stringency meets passionate youth? At the end of this summer, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) welcomed a group of new friends – the participants of SAIF Master of Finance Program (MF) Summer Camp 2017. Can’t wait to share their stories and experience!

Warm Up

At the evening of August 20th, Prof. Feng Li, Deputy Dean at SAIF, greeted the participants and briefly reviewed SAIF’s profile and events. He encouraged the participants to get a close-up at SAIF and the financial world through this summer camp.

Ms. Lin Yang, Assistant Director of SAIF MF Program, guided the participants to get a general idea about the program. According to her, studying at SAIF isn’t merely intended to seek for an outstanding career. She wished that the group would keep on improving their professionalism and expertise, and pursue for excellence with ownership, breakthrough and innovation.

Mr. Chris Gao presented a detailed itinerary of this summer camp, including company visits, industry talks, panel discussion, social saloon and more.

The ice-breaking session helped the participants quickly get to know each other. Over the next three days, will it be an alliance of winners or a superior contest? What are their stories? We will keep you posted!

A Close-up at Finance

Red Star Macalline

On August 21st, Team 1 of MF Summer Camp visited the Future Life Experience Center at Red Star Macalline, which shows the “Future Living Room” full of high technologies, “Future Dining Room” which enables people to dine together even from a distance, and the reality show brought by smart “Ms. Network”. 360 Spherical Image vividly illustrated the numerous changes expected in a city of future and smart ecology. Ms. Qi Zhang (SAIF DBA alumni), Vice Chairman and Executive President of Red Star Macalline Group Co., Ltd. and Chairman of Shanghai Jiajinsuo Investment Co., Ltd., shared her insights and stories with the visitors, who pointed out, “A winner of life wins at the point of choice instead of the start line.”

Shanghai Futures Exchange

In contrary, Team 2 explored Shanghai Futures Exchange by visiting its museum and review its history of evolution from the birth of its prototype in Guangxu, Qing Dynastry, from the highly intelligent online trading system today. They also developed their knowledge on the categories of trading commodities, including gold, steel and upcoming crude oil. Furthermore, this field visit also brought them to witness the prices shown on the huge screen. During the event, the participants raised a number of questions on contingent plan and backup system, which were all properly responded by the staff.

FinTech Company

“Internet loan is a product of the era of internet finance, the process of which calls for regulation.” At WDZJ, Mr. Pengfeng Shi, Executive at Shanghai Futures Exchange and Co-founder & Partner of WDZJ.com, presented an exciting speech on today and tomorrow of internet finance to the member of Team 3. He stated that the public shouldn’t “demonize” internet loan, because the entire segment is getting more positive under increasing regulation. By showing data, Mr. Shi demonstrated the rise of internet loan business and its significant role in the history.

Brain Storming

On the afternoon of Aug.21st, participants designed unique apps after heated discussion. The apps range from education, healthcare to lifestyle aspects. Chaired by Prof. Zhan Jiang, Faculty Director of MF Program, an interesting panel discussion was held that evening. Mr. Yan Huang, Managing Parnter of PGA Venture Capital Center and Secretary General of Shanghai Private Equity Association; Mr. Xianyi Li, Vice President of Southwest Internet Hospital under Gangling Group and Legal Representative & Executive President of Southwest Internet Hospital; Prof. Richard Wang, Associate Professor of Practice and Director of LIVE Learning Center; and Mr. Alan Qiu, Senior Lecturer at SAIF, engaged in active discussion with the participants on the topic of “App Design and Application”. Mr. Huang boasts over 12 years of experience in investment and his recent success stories include the investment in nearly 20 high growth enterprises, including Mobike and Zuzuche. He also serves as director in a number of invested companies to utilize his rich experience in fund raising and management. In contrast, Mr. Li focuses on user operation and social products, who acted as Director of Mobile Business Operation and Leader of Product Operation Team at YHD.com. From different industry perspectives, the panelists guided the participants to think out of box and also responded their questions.

During the Summer Camp, the participants attended the mini lecture delivered by Prof. Zhan Jiang, industry talk by Mr. Alan Qiu, and technology training by instructor from Reuters.

One of the special activities, “LEGO Serious Play” was full of fun. Thanks to the coordination, engagement and innovation of the participants, the site was dominated by laughter and joy. When SAIF met LEGO, it ignited their imagination. More than 100 participants built up their dreams with their own hands.

Face to Face with Alumni

This event was also fully supported by many MF alumni, including Mr. Yangmeng Wang (MF10), now working at Shanghai Rajax Information Technology Co., Ltd.; Mr. Yuejia Li (MF11), now at Shanghai Muxin Asset Management Co., Ltd.; Mr. Yutong Chen (MF14), now at Guoxin Hongsheng Capital Management Co., Ltd.; Mr. Fei Zhang (MF15), now at Bank of China Investment Managemen Co., Ltd.; and Mr. Tianyi Wang, MF16 student. These young graduates and existing students made the activity more intimate and sincere.

Ms. Kathleen Zhang, Assistant Director of Career Development Center at SAIF, reviewed the employment profile of MF alumni in the past and provided valuable advices to their future career path. Undoubtedly, after the session, the participants will think over their future and make efforts for their goals.

The four-day Summer Camp was coming to an end. Apparently, every participant was remarkable, who showed their unique charisma. Prof. Jiang congratulated the successful completion of this event and expected the group would have a reunion in September 2018. She also expressed her best wishes of ambitious and great life for every participant.

Full of dreams and excitement, SAIF MF Summer Camp is nothing simple. Keep close track of our special Summer Camp reports for updates!

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