Latest Issue: July 2016 (Volume 2 Issue 7)

Cover Story

Disruption – that is perhaps the buzzword of today’s information age. From publishing, transport, retail shopping and travel accommodation – these industries have been drastically transformed by the rise of the internet and, education is (will) not be excluded from this equation. When MOOC – Massive Open Online Course – began taking form as a popular engine for learning in 2012, many hailed it as the game-changer which would spell the end of time-honored universities.

Yet university enrollment rates are still likely to increase despite ballooning tuition fees and the explosion of free (or cheaper) online courses. VINEETA TAN asks why the celebrated online education platform has yet to displace traditional institutions? [...]

In this newsletter


Talent development initiatives in Pakistan’s Islamic finance industry

The Islamic banking industry in Pakistan is projected to grow at a rate of 20% for the next five years (up from the compound annual growth rate of 17% for [...]

Industry Insight

The job role of a credit manager

A credit manager can be construed as a risk manager or risk-taker, all because he or she manages risks which is managing other people’s money. The day will never start [...]


Interview with Liza Mydin, visiting scholar, George Washington University, Washington DC

This article brings you an exclusive interview with LIZA MYDIN, a visiting scholar at the George Washington University in Washington DC, to get an insight into her day-to-day duties and [...]

Market Report

UAE banking sector witnessing slowing growth during second quarter, but Islamic banks holding steadfast

The economic slowdown in the GCC region as a result of lower oil prices and asgovernments’ spending cutbacks has cut into the growth of banks in the UAE during the [...]

Market Report

Islamic-conventional refinancing combo saves Saudi power players millions as cost of borrowing soars

A consortium of Islamic and conventional banks has extended over US$1.83 billion to Saudi Arabia’s electricity monopoly allowing it to restructure its existing borrowings for the Kingdom’s first non-sovereign-guaranteed independent [...]

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Developing a New Generation of Islamic Bankers

Part 1 of 3 Developing a skilled workforce to support the rapid development of Islamic finance in the region How do current industry...

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Industry Insight

Mohammad Shoaib – CEO of Al Meezan Investment Management

In this article, MOHAMMAD SHOAIB walks us through his current role as CEO of Al Meezan Investment Management and also takes a look at his journey thus far [...]


Islamic finance human capital: Fixing the cracks

The relationship between an employer and an employee is a two-way street. There is give and take and the occasional tugging and jostling. NYRA MAHMOOD believes this ‘relationship’ [...]

Market Report

The UAE hopes to draw investment by raising Islamic finance professional standards

The UAE seeks to raise the professional bar for its Islamic finance human capital pool and to deepen the Shariah finance body of research in an effort to [...]

Market Report

Islamic finance retail space sees wave of new interest on the back of improving financial literacy

Muslims and non-Muslims globally may not be as aware of Islamic financial products as they should be, let alone understand their unique value proposition, but data from the [...]

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