BIBF has a history of 30 years developing the financial sector of Bahrain. Over 100,000 people have come through BIBF corridors during that time, and have ranged from CEOs to secretaries, from undergraduate to postgraduate students, from Bahrain and all around the world.
First and foremost we are a training institution, so we would perhaps be perceived as more work and less social than some, however we make no apology for this. We believe we have a societal commitment to delivering the best human capital to the region, and so life at BIBF is ultimately driven towards achievement and successful programme performance.
With over 60 faculty, 25 classrooms and multiple disciplines available for potential participants, BIBF in Bahrain offers a very broad choice for its students and participants.
The unique nature of BIBF flows into the make-up of its participants. As a provider of human capital to the financial sector, many of our participants are full-time working employees, who train at BIBF to improve their professional development. This creates a unique climate where a combination of programme excellence, effective use of time and quality of support is vital for our participants to achieve value.
On the other hand, BIBF has a growing population of academic students, primarily through its University of Wales Validated Diploma Programme which ultimately leads to a BSc in Banking and Finance, Business Studies and Finance or Accounting and Finance which is completed at the University of Wales in Bangor. This is a major attraction of the programme: the combination of a sector desired qualification and international travel.
Of course they are young, straight from high school and, like most of that age, see a need for social support within their academic tenure at BIBF.
The Wales students have their own council elected by them, and they act as the link between the Wales population and BIBF. The social calendar for the students focuses on sports and gatherings, including their annual Ghabgah which attracts students from universities all around Bahrain. There is a separate student lounge where they can spend their time between classes.