Bangor University (UWB) was established in the late 19th century as one of the three constituent colleges of the University of Wales and now houses 10,000 students from around the world. The University has a long tradition of academic excellence that continues to this day. Bangor Business School is a name synonymous with research excellence. We are consistently ranked amongst the top 20 institutionsin the world for Banking research (RePEc, as of December 2015) and scored a GPA of 2.81 in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), with 68% of our research output published in 3* or 4* journals. We’re also ranked 26th in the UK in terms of research intensity-weighted GPA results (REF 2014), which reflects the high proportion of research-active staff within the School. Students are attracted by our reputation for high quality and expertise, particularly in the area of Banking and Financial Services in which Bangor is a leading European centre which houses one of the largest PhD schools of any business school in the UK.
Bangor is located in a breath-taking landscape with panoramic views and is rich with history, culture and charm. The location is probably one of the most beautiful university settings in the whole of the UK – situated between the Snowdonia Mountains and the Menai Straits. BIBF offers an established and successful UK University Bachelor’s Degree. Since 2004 our UK Validating Partner has been University of Wales and from October 2014 (subject to validation) our Validating Partner is Bangor University.
The full Programme comprises:
• an International Foundations Programme that comprises of eight subjects
• a UK-Validated Bachelor’s Degree which takes three years The Foundation Year is common for all students, who before progressing to the first year of the Diploma programme choose from one of three streams.
After successful completion of the Diploma programme at BIBF all students are eligible for direct entry to the final year of BA/BSc Honours Degree programmes at Bangor University – these are in areas including Banking & Finance, Accounting & Finance and Business Studies and Finance.
The final year will be offered in Bahrain starting from September 2018 in the following majors; Banking & Finance and Accounting & Finance.
Why study at Bangor?
1. A top 10 university
- The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities, and top in Wales for student satisfaction.
- Bangor University is ranked no.1 in the UK for research in Accounting, Banking and Finance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
- Rated amongst the top 10 universities in the UK for student support (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013).
- Ranked amongst the top 5 most economical places to study in the UK according to a cost-living survey published in The Independent newspaper.
2. Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK by going there for your Bachelor’s year of study.
- Support is provided from BIBF in all aspects of the trip that includes guaranteeing an accommodation for student’s going to Bangor to finish their last year of studies there.
3. The quality of UK education provided by Bangor University is recognized by employers, and governments worldwide.
- The UK is respected for world-class standards of teaching.
- UK research is ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally known.
Going to a huge university can be very overwhelming and BIBF takes away from that. Being a small institution makes it a very comfortable environment but doesn’t take away from the experience of going to a university as they give us all of the opportunities, education and extracurricular wise, that any university would. And to add to all of it, you get to experience going abroad to complete your final year! I’m still new and just going into my second semester, but I couldn’t see myself going to any other university and I look forward to continuing on in BIBF.
|Orientation Sessions||All new students get orientation at the start of their classes to get to know about rules, policies, timetable, and facilities.|
|Personality Assessment||Assessment Centre takes the test to assess the student’s personality which help us and them for future guidance and counseling|
|Career Guidance/ Counseling||Workshops and one to one sessions are given for CV writing, Interview skills, and Career Advice. These are especially designed for Year 2 Students.|
|Diploma Stream Awareness Sessions||These sessions are given to Year 1 students, to guide them, which diploma stream is better for them, and what career options are related to these streams.|
|Internships||Arranging with the key partners to regularly place the students for summer and end of the course internships. In this area, recently we have made some progress with AUB, Citibank, and Thomson Reuters.|
|Career Fairs||Employers come and hold career sessions at BIBF. For example, Standard Chartered conducted a presentation on its International Graduate Programme at the BIBF premises for students.|
|Entrepreneurship Workshops||The Leadership and Management Center, and outside student organizations such as INJAZ hold regular seminars to promote young entrepreneurs.|
|Awareness/ Preparation Sessions for Studying Abroad||Sessions are given to those students who go to UK for their final year of B.Sc.|
|Student Council Elections||Every year in October we hold the students elections|
|Sports Events||Student Council Committee arrange different sports events i.e. soccer tournaments, billiard, marathon|
|Leisure/Study Trip to Other Countries||We support and help students to arrange study and leisure trips on an international level.|
|Movie Night||Student Council Committee arrange a movie night every once or twice a year to treat the students.|
|Camping||Every winter, Student Council Committee, along with our support arrange a full day of camping.|
|Alumni Get Together||An Alumni Graduate Dinner was hosted by Bangor University. Alumni Club will be started by BIBF this year.|
|Debating Club||Previously, a ‘Toastmaster Club’ was established, and might get reactivated again.|
I’m currently working at Kuwait Finance House Bank – Bahrain as a Financial Analyst in the Financial Reporting Department. After 5 years of experience in my position, I decided to pursue my Masters in Finance. During my Master’s program, I benefited a great deal from the sound academic education I received from the University of Bangor as they helped in building concrete foundation to the underlying educational concepts. Comparing my professional achievements to date, I believe that I’m moving in the right path with a good career. Hence I would like to state that studying at the University of Bangor was a great decision as it has provided me with the tools necessary to excel in my professional career.
– BNP Paribas – Portfolio Management Analyst
-Msc Finance and Business Economics – Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK
-First Class BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance – University of Wales Program at Bangor Business School, Bangor, UK r university and I look forward to continuing on in BIBF.
Senior Credit Analyst, Al Salam Bank
When I reflect on my four years in Bangor University, I conclude that the experience assured me that it is the best program in the Kingdom for Banking and Finance. Through the lectures, incredibly supportive classmates, and professors who were nothing short of champions, I was challenged to discover a Banker side in me I never knew existed. The program prepared me in unpredictable ways for my career and it is the reason behind my success today.
Having been shaped in part by the friendly and creative, yet rigorous, environment at Bangor, I found myself able to communicate, innovate, and collaborate in ways that enabled me to build a successful banking career. Evidence to that is my current position as a “Senior Credit Analyst” in the Risk Management Department in one of the big banks in the Kingdom which I have reached in a short period of time.
I enjoyed studying in Bangor University to the extent that I won’t hesitate to do it all over again. It was an amazing period of my life, and the best educational experience I’ve had.
Supervisor of Operations Department, National Bank of Bahrain
From qualified faculty members to highly informative academic material, Bangor University has certainly exceeded my expectations and provided me with a solid base from which I will be certainly able to build my career on.