The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the world’s largest body of Management Accountants, has been awarded the Best Training Institution Award at the 2015 Islamic Business & Finance Awards for its outstanding contribution towards the training and education of professionals in the field of Islamic Finance. The Islamic Business & Finance Awards, hosted by CPI Financial, is the sector’s longest established awards programme. The award for Best Training Institution was presented to CIMA at the Islamic Business & Finance 10th Anniversary Winners’ gala dinner, which was held earlier this month at Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai.
Commenting on the award, Charles Tilley FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive of CIMA said, “Globally, industry experts estimate that at least 50,000 professionals are needed over the next seven years to fill key Islamic Finance positions. To help fuel this growth and to help the industry meet its shortage of qualified professionals, CIMA's Islamic finance qualifications are designed to appeal to both those who are completely new to this area of finance, as well as those who are fully experienced and are keen to develop their expertise to a higher level. It is an achievement to be globally recognised for our efforts to contribute to this expanding industry.”
Amir Al Janahi, FCMA CGMA, Chairman for CIMA’s Middle East, South Asia and North Africa Regional Board, added, “While this award is a testament to the quality of our Islamic Finance programmes, we recognise that the industry is dynamic and constantly evolving, which means our programmes also have to be relevant and meet the growing needs of professionals. We’re in the process of reviewing the current syllabus taking this into consideration, as we ensure we are continually aligned with the most recent AAOFI standards. By doing this, we can offer members the right qualifications they need to progress in their careers as well as further facilitate the growth of Islamic Finance in the region.”
CIMA's Islamic finance qualifications, available in English and Arabic, offer prospective students the option of qualifying in four strategic courses. Students can opt for modules such as Islamic Commercial Law, Banking and Takaful, Islamic Capital Markets and Accounting for Islamic Finance Institutions. CIMA students enrolling for the Islamic finance qualification also have the option of taking an advanced diploma, a self-study course which offers flexibility and progressive learning. Employers also benefit from hiring CIMA graduates, as they learn strategic insights and gain a solid understanding of the Islamic finance industry.
For further information on the CIMA Islamic Finance Diploma, students and professionals can visit the website, or follow CIMA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.
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