BLA. Blending Learning Award (Teaching Award)

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Dr. Afshin Ashofteh received the international “Blended Learning” award, funded by the European Commission, for his innovative course "Financial Data Science" in the “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” category.
This award, granted by an international consortium that includes Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Università di Roma Tor Vergata, recognizes Professor Ashofteh's excellence in introducing innovative methods in financial modeling and Big Data, enabling students to manage and optimize complex financial systems.
As financial and risk analysis becomes increasingly complex, automation, analysis, and optimization of financial systems, require a broad range of technical and soft skills that are often missing in traditional finance and econometrics courses. The adoption of new technologies to address financial challenges now demands expertise in a wide range of areas, including new technologies, AI, security, privacy, and legal considerations, among others. The pedagogical approach taken by Professor Afshin Ashofteh aims to meet these challenges.
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsUniversidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal


  • Blended learning
  • Teaching award
  • pedagogical
  • Data science
  • Machine learning
  • Big Data
  • Risk analytics