In February 2013, KGI Bank Chairman Mark Wei founded the Financial Elite Program at NCCU, a series of financial lectures in English, given on Saturdays, in collaboration with the College of Commerce and Department of Finance of NCCU. Supported by Dean Kwei Tang of the College of Commerce of NCCU, the program aims to cultivate future financial professionals in Taiwan and shape their international perspectives.
Tapping into his personal networks established over the years in the industry, Mr. Mark Wei has invited scholars of international relations and high-level managers in the financial services industry to present expertise on their professional fields in the program, including Vice Chairman of KGI Bank Eddie Wang, Consultant of KGI Securities Albert Ding, Regional Head of Risk Management of KGI Securities Steve Wang, President of HSBC Bank (Taiwan) John Li, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Financial Institutions—Greater China for Wells Fargo Bank Dr. Hwa-Ping Chang, (then) Chief Investment Officer of Sunshine Insurance Group Xian-Wei Chen, and Associate Professor Dr. Kwei-Bo Huang of the Department of Diplomacy at NCCU. The lectures have helped broaden the international financial knowledge of the students (junior and senior students and master’s students of NCCU) en route to professional careers, as well as increase their familiarity with the inner workings of the financial industry.
The Financial Elite Program, which has run for four years, has been held to wide acclaim among lecturers and students. Since 2014, the series of lectures has officially become part of the curriculum of the Department of Finance of NCCU and the Department of Finance and International Business of Fu Jen Catholic University, making the program an excellent example of collaboration between outstanding public and private universities in Taiwan. Participants in the program include not only students from NCCU and Fu Jen Catholic University but also interns of CDF from the College of Management of National Chiao Tung University, the Department of Finance of National Dong Hwa University, Shih Hsin University, and Chang Gung University. In the past three years, the lectures of the Financial Elite Program have invited more than 180 students to participate, making it a remarkable success.