First Global Knowledge Centre (FGKC), the pioneer in Islamic Banking and Finance education in Sri Lanka has introduced another innovative programme of study in this rapidly expanding field.
Branded as iBanker, this is a unique diploma level course which covers not only Islamic Banking and Finance but also conventional banking, risk management, and investments.
The emerging industry of Islamic Finance needs qualified people who can contribute positively towards the success of the field. But unfortunately statistics show there is an acute shortage of such a knowledgeable workforce at present. One objective of the introduction of this course by FGKC is to assist the industry by filling this void. For those who wish to pursue higher studies in Islamic Banking or Finance the course will be a stepping stone; which is another objective of the course designers.
Another feature of this course is that it covers the syllabus of the popular world recognized Islamic Finance Qualification exam (IFQ) of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, UK. Therefore, this can be considered as a two-in-one programme which allows a student to get a recognized diploma and also to sit the IFQ (UK) exam.
FGKC is the only accredited training provider in Sri Lanka for the prestigious Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), UK which offers the Islamic Finance Qualifications (IFQ). It is also accredited to offer IFQ in the Maldives, Qatar, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (UK) is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry. Formed as the "Securities Institute" in 1992 by the members of the London Stock Exchange, the Institute got charter status in November 2009.
For those who are interested in obtaining professional membership of an internationally recognized body in the shortest possible time, IFQ is the ideal route.
The IFQ course at FGKC is of 3 months' duration and at its conclusion, one can sit the exam which is conducted in collaboration with the British Council, Colombo.
The faculty of First Global comprises of practising and highly qualified experts and academics with a flair for teaching.
The students immensely benefit by the lecturers' industry exposure as they gain an insight into the real life applications of theory learnt.
The facilities of the institution include comfortable AC classrooms, a comprehensive library, IT facilities with access to numerous valuable E-Materials related to Islamic banking, finance and related subjects.
Islamic Banking Finance is an ideal discipline for those who are interested in pursuing a career in a dynamic and vibrant environment.
A world of opportunities awaits those who have the vigour and passion to take up the challenge.
The financial and other career benefits that can accrue from one's involvement in the industry are tremendous.