The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) announced the opening of registration for its internationally-recognised academic programmes for the year 2018/2019 at the BIBF campus in Juffair. In addition, registration for accredited professional qualifications for various sectors is ongoing.
Through its partnerships with leading universities in the UK, the BIBF offers a range of undergraduate programmes aimed at students considering careers in Banking, Finance, Management and related fields. The BIBF’s Acting Head of Academic Centre, Ms. Amal Al Awadhi explained, “All undergraduate degrees at the BIBF are fully recognised by the Higher Education Council of Bahrain and lead to qualifications awarded by highly ranked British universities. In this way, students can obtain an internationally-recognised British degree whilst studying locally in Bahrain.”
The Bangor University programmes offered at the BIBF allow students to specialise in one of three areas: Banking and Finance, Accounting and Finance and Islamic Finance. The programmes aim to combine high-level theoretical understanding with the practical skills required for a successful career in the modern business world. Ms. Al Awadhi remarked, “All of our Bangor students are exposed to practical, hands-on training through the BIBF’s ‘Dealing Room’. This is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and presents students with real-life economic scenarios to which they must react. It is an excellent preparation for the real world of business and finance.”
The BIBF also offers the prestigious University of London BSc in Economics and Management, with the academic direction of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the constituent Colleges of the University of London. LSE has a global reputation as one of the foremost specialist social science universities in the world.
Students who have not completed either A’ Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma can gain admission to these degree programmes through BIBF’s International Foundation Programme (IFP). Recognised in the UK by the National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) as equivalent to A’ Levels and the IB Diploma. Students who complete the BIBF – IFP may either progress to one of the UK undergraduate programmes offered at the BIBF or apply for entry to any UK university.
The BIBF Director, Dr. Ahmed Abdul Hameed Al Shaikh, said, “Our mission is to develop exceptional human capital for the Banking, Finance and related sectors in Bahrain, through our academic partnerships with first-class universities such as Bangor University and the University of London in addition to our international professional qualifications. We are pleased to offer exceptional academic and professional qualifications in Bahrain in collaboration with world-class universities and awarding bodies.”
The BIBF offers training courses and internationally-recognised professional qualifications in various fields of Banking, Accounting, Islamic Finance, Insurance, Information Technology, Project Management, Leadership and Management, in addition to Assessment for organisations resulting in complete business training solutions.