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#HYF: Trading Digital & Financial Assets

Do you want to know how to invest capital, protect and trade money and assets on financial and digital markets? Then the minor 'Trading Digital & Financial Assets' at The Hague University is just what you need.

21st-century education  

The 21st century asks for 21st-century education. Here at THUAS, we encourage our students to not only leave university with a degree but also with 21st-century skills. In our case, we want students to become world citizens familiar with the workings of global financial systems and their financial products (assets). Becoming a world citizen isn't easy. It means that, other than understanding the theory, you would also need to adjust mindset and behavior, and for that, you also need insights and training.  

The art of doing 

We combine theory, practice, and the "art of doing/experiencing" in this minor. We believe that real-life trading and managing of digital financial assets, backed by theory and backed by field experts, will act as a bridge towards understanding these types of investments. We expect this minor to act as a gateway for students to further investigate and reflect upon current and new financial systems, such as our monetary systems. We aim to broaden the students horizon, where they learn by doing and experiencing first hand. This results in finance professionals equipped with an understanding of and experience in managing financial assets and the global financial systems of the 21st century that we are all part of.  

Multidisciplinary approach 

Other than (1) the integration of field experts, we will also aim to combine this minor with (2) other THUAS projects like the minor investment bank/fund and the minor Blockchain technology, (3) other disciplines like sustainability, IT, and Cybersecurity and (4) international partners like the University of Derby. This approach aims to create a multidisciplinary view of the world for our future finance professionals. 

Topics of content 

  1. A Technical Analysis of Digital Financial Assets: this is the mathematical approach of reading charts and graphs and future base prediction upon the past. 
  2. A Fundamental Analysis of Digital Financial Assets: here, we analyze underlying core elements of the asset. It uses quantitative and qualitative analysis, also includes non-financial fundamental elements ("integrated reporting").  
  3. Global Systems: this is where we focus on the current global systems, like our monetary or exchange systems, and upcoming new financial systems like decentralized exchanges or decentralized financial products (global inclusiveness). 
  4. SDG's: we will bridge finance and the role it plays regarding the SDG's. We will teach students, and let them experience on their own, how they as future finance professionals, can contribute themselves to the SDG'sin a more sustainable and inclusive way while managing financial assets.  
  5. Psychology and behavior: this is where we confront students with their emotions, feelings, and behavior. A large part of our behavior and choices are visible when acting under pressure (for example, when you trade and open a position). This is where we offer students insight and tools to better themselves and their skill set. 

Flexible and personal study elements  

We will offer this course in a blended variant and use innovative educational tools to incentivize study behavior. Examples are digital tokens and badges but also high-level trading software. It will also be offered via the KOIOS open infrastructure, enabling a platform for students to connect with other enthusiasts worldwide and enable flexible personal elements like learning at your own pace or choice in assignments, etc. Perhaps interesting is that we offer additional flexible routes that you can follow for free. Think Trading Bootcamps, Coding Bootcamps, and Personal & Professional development tracks. 

Curious and in need of more info / want to get in contact?  

Malva Ahmed – -
Jordi Jansen – -  

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Classes and content of this course are in English, but official assignments & tests and communication with lecturers outside class can be done in Dutch as well.

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Desired competencies. These competencies can be traced back to the program's professional (domain) competencies (s) offering the minor. Competencies are always at the university of applied sciences level. For a transfer minor, these competencies should be derived from the academic competency profiles.  

Provide a contribution to the design of the management control system aimed at the management, control, and monitoring of an organization, such that the (strategic) goals are achieved.

  1. Selecting and applying appropriate analysis methods aimed at taking the right decisions by an organization.
  2. Finance professionals can translate practical questions in organizationson the basis ofa critical analysis into a concrete knowledge need and answer these with practical, feasible advice or designs (e.g. product, process, model), focusing on decision making that leads to improvement or renewal of practical situations . 
  3. Finance professionals are advisory. This means, among other things, that they are communicative in word / and writing, also in an international context. Finance professionals are agile because they can reflect on their own actions and their own learning process and can adjust their actions accordingly.

The above are the Finance & Control Program Learning Outcomes (PLO's) 

 LO1: The student is able to evaluate (15 ECT) and create (30 ECT) entry and exit trading points based on fundamental as well as technical aspects of trading 

LO2: The students is able to apply trading skills into practice and will be able to actively manage a trading/investing portfolio (15 ECT) and participate in trading research field projects (30 ECT) 

LO3: The student will learn the fundamentals of financial markets, macro-economic tendencies, their history and their implications on the world economy (15 ECT) and evaluate them with global market tendencies (30 ECT) 

LO4: The student will be able to analyse (15 ECT) and evaluate (30 ECT) the financial results of companies (listed on stock exchanges)  

LO5: The student learns extensive risk and investment management strategies and apply them in a live trading competition for 10 weeks (15 ECT) or 20 weeks (30 ECT).  

LO6: The student will learn to work in a team of traders, collectively and actively managing a portfolio and act as advisors to employers and/or trading/investment funds (15 ECT). Students can create a trading strategy based, based on this portfolio managing (30 ECT) 

LO7: The student will learn how to recognize and improve Psychologic elements of trading (15 ECT) and how to apply them in TA and FA (30 ECT) 


There are no entry requirements, but it will help to have intermediate English. Assignments may be submitted in Dutch, but classes & content are done in English. Prior knowledge is not necessary. The minor takes students from scratch. Basic experience in project management, process control, strategy, and IT gives the student a possible lead. 


In addition to the platform, which supports the online content sharing, community building, and field /network connecting, other aids are coming from:

Recommended reading:

· How to Make Money in Stocks – William K. O'Neil

· Thinking Fast & Slow – Daniel Kahneman

· Market Wizards – Jack D. Schwager

· Insider Buy Superstocks – Jesse C. Stine

Useful online resources:

· Join the community



· Other online trading communities

· Tradimo online technical analysis course


There are three contact moments of each 4 hours per week. The theory lectures are provided by experts from the professional field and researchers from The Hague University. The theory lectures are held on two days per week but are not mandatory. These lessons will be recorded and are rewatchable.

Teaching method(s): 

Blended learning, classical education, individual and team assignments, presentations, portfolio's and reports. Tokenized education. 

Study load: 

- Web colleges + tutorials + lectures guest speakers. 

- Intensive contact with industry, i.e., advisory report. 

- Application of blended learning where students prepare the material at home and come to class to discuss the material. In addition, the homework assignments for the portfolio are related to the teaching material. 

- We strongly encourage ecosystem learning (on- and offline) via KOIOS.   

- Minor is considered to be intensive but instructive by students. 


Forms of assessment 

  1. In the lessons, written tests are administered, of which four must be sufficiently completed (> 5.5) if students have not missed more than three classes and have completed more than four tests: 20 participation points (20%). 
  2. Students will actively manage a trading portfolio in which both theoretical knowledge and practical skills are tested. This part must be completed off  >5.5 as well (50% + competition elements may be applied where preferred). 
  3. Students participate in a trading competition and have to hand in their trading journals. This part also must be completed off  >5.5 (30%).