Human resources pose a major obstacle to the potential of Islamic finance in Africa, as there is dearth of qualified staff who understand both technical Islamic principles and have an adequate awareness of Islamic finance. As part of the overall effort to contribute to the process of building and expanding a sustainable pool of talent to best serve the present and future needs of the Islamic Finance Industry in Africa, the Program is committed to developing new scholars and teachers, and to creating and disseminating path breaking knowledge, concepts, and tools which advance the understanding and practice of Islamic finance and economics. This is accomplished through the development of the capacities of higher educational institutions, organizations, governments and private sector entities to solve economic development challenges that require Islamic economics and finance and innovation for their amelioration. This may include training for practitioners, policy makers, symposium, seminars and conferences.

Our Islamic Economics and Finance Certificate Course is a specially designed distance learning program intended to develop the talents of fresh university graduates and other midlevel professionals who have the interest and passion to pursue a meaningful Islamic finance professional career.

This professional development course is a 12-week program that will require an estimated 10 hours per week of time to complete. Course begins on December 1, 2016 and ends February 28, 2017. At the end of each module are (a) a short self-assessment that is intended to help participants review what they have learned and (b) a list of references for articles and websites with technical information designed to increase their understanding of the Module topic. Participants are required to complete worksheets for each module and are required to write final examinations at the end of the course. Certificates for those who successfully complete the course will be issued in March 2017.

The program also draws on the vast experience of its resource persons to provide executive education programs with a view to strengthening the Islamic finance and economics knowledge and skills of middle-and senior-level officials from the following categories:

  • Government and Ministry officials;
  • Central Bank staff;
  • Finance and Trade Officials;
  • Commercial and Investment Banks;
  • Staff of Financial Regulatory and Trade Bodies;
  • Capital Market and Insurance Companies
  • Academics;
  • Legal Professionals from the Public and Private Sectors; and
  • NGO and Civil Society Representatives.

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