BIBF Director: Developing graduate capabilities in response to market needs
- Academics programmes to reduce gap between educational outputs and market demands
- Upgraded programmes to meet local and global market requirements
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Director of the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh, confirmed that the academic programmes offered at the BIBF – in collaboration with prestigious international universities – seek to reduce the gap between educational outputs and labour market needs, indicating that the Institute is working closely with financial institutions in the Kingdom to identify their needs for qualified local cadres.
He noted that the BIBF pays great attention to developing and constantly updating its programmes to meet the local and global market requirements, while keeping pace with rapid technological changes, contributing to the development of graduates’ capabilities and preparing them for the job market.
Dr. Ahmed also mentioned that all the bachelor’s and master’s programmes offered at the BIBF are accredited by the the Higher Education Council (HEC) in Bahrain and are recognised by international accreditation bodies.
“The BIBF offers a selection of academic programmes awarded by world-class British and American universities, for students considering a career in banking, finance, Islamic banking, financial technology (Fintech), business, economy, and other related fields.” Dr. Al Shaikh stated.
He mentioned that the degrees offered for undergraduate studies are the International Foundation Programme (IFP), and Bachelor’s programmes in Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, and Islamic Finance from the prestigious Bangor University, in addition to a Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Management from the University of London, With Academic direction from the globally-renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Dr. Ahmed also stressed, “The BIBF believes in the importance of integrating theoretical knowledge with practical application to enhance the learning experience; and a living example for this is providing students the opportunity to learn about trading in a real market environment with our first of its kind in the region dealing room, In addition to providing them with the required employable digital skills through attending training courses in digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and more.