Global views, local use

CBFS has roped in all stakeholders, says Dr Ashraf Nabhan al Nabhani

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What are the courses offered by CBFS? How well they help students?
Over the years, the college has been offering programmes and courses, which are adapted to the emerging needs of Oman and the industry and has been an active partner in the country's thrust towards Omanisation.

On the professional studies front, we offer the Associateship of the Institute of Canadian Bankers of the Canadian Securities Institute, Certified Accounting Technician and Associateship of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK, and various certified Diploma Programmes of Edexcel in Insurance Business Studies and information technology. We have also started a CIMA Programme this year. For training and short courses we are affiliated with Queen's School of Business in Canada.

On the academic front, we run a Master's in Business Administration with the University of Strathclyde, Bachelors in Accounting and Finance and Business and Management with the University of Bradford and Bachelors in Banking and Finance with Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Sciences.

How do CBO and other institutions support the college in developing a curriculum that specifically matches the requirements of Oman?

CBFS goes to great lengths to engage with industry stakeholders. While teaching an international curriculum, we try to focus on local case studies and encourage our students into local industry-related assignments. This approach has been particularly successful on the MBA programme of the college.

At the base level our students are bankers; and at the top, our council's chairman and the deputy chairman are from the CBO and several of our members of council are CEOs of banks. We constituted an advisory panel consisting of leading human resource managers from banks. They would guide us in assessing our curriculum and also assess the competence of our graduates as they are placed. In addition, some of our faculty members are bankers. We also invite guest faculty from the industry and send our students out to get practical training. All these help matching the expectations of our industry and all our stakeholders.

How is placement in CBFS performing?

The placement effort in CBFS aims at matching industry demand with supply of our meritorious products. The placement effort tries to connect students to those employers who seek good employees. We encourage students to actively place themselves as trainees during summer.

Our students were placed in various firms ranging from accounting entities to banks. We also try to participate in career/jobs fairs. We are also now trying to introduce campus interviews system in the college.

What is your institute's future plans regarding infrastructure development and on the academic front?

Our future plans are to serve the banking and finance community and student community of Oman. To accommodate the surge in numbers which we have recently witnessed, CBFS has extended the college premises by constructing two additional floors with state-of-the-art classrooms.

On the academic front, we shall continue to play a lead role in our niche segment. CBFS programmes, services and facilities are designed to provide opportunities for developing leadership qualities/traits among learners at the college and the development of interpersonal skills with emphasis on building students' personalities and confidence levels, while boosting their competencies and efficiency levels.

In the coming years we are gearing to achieve accreditation standards and that is a quality goal which we are looking forward to.

Global views, local use
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