Qatar Academy students were briefed on Islamic banking in particular during a field tour arranged by QIIB to its headquarters at Grand Hamad Street in Doha recently.
Two student groups from Qatar Academy were hosted by QIIB as part of their ‘Professional Day’. The tour was arranged within the framework of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility that it seeks to strengthen to provide qualitative improvement in areas such as education.
As part of their visit to QIIB, Qatar Academy students visited different bank departments, where they gathered adequate information and details from executives about its operations such as customer service, information technology, accounts, handling cheques, debit and credit cards and alternative channels, which are the newest banking trends.
The students observed the operations of an Islamic financial institution, particularly at the bank hall, VIP customer section and the Information Technology Department.
QIIB chief executive officer Dr Abdulbasit Ahmed al-Shaibei personally met the students and briefed them on the banking industry in general and Islamic banking in particular. He was accompanied by Deputy CEO, Jamal al-Jamal; and chief of Human Resources & Administration, Ali Hamad al-Mesaifri.
Al-Shaibei said, “The bank is proud to support educational institutions that are the real wealth to count on since human resources are the most beneficial investment as laid out by Qatar National Vision 2030, which is witnessing great progress. QNV 2030 aims to transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development by 2030.”
After briefing students about the history of Islamic banking, al-Shaibei noted, “The importance of studying, diligence and benefiting from the experiences of teachers to achieve success and reach what we aspire for in our professional life to serve our society and our country, must be deeply understood”.
He added, “The practical activities carried out by students during the various stages of their academic life are among the most valuable experiences. Therefore, we invite our students to benefit from their visit to QIIB and ask all the questions they have about Islamic banking, banking services and other related matters, as practical experiences generally provide knowledge that remains in the memory for a long time and is more likely to affect their practical and professional future options”.
During the tour, the students also met with Zakaria Glaoui, head (Personal Banking); Omar Abdulaziz al-Meer, head (Business Development); Hesham Mohamadin, head (Information Security); Yousef el-Maraghi, head (Private Banking & Wealth Management); and Maher al-Kayyali, branch manager, Grand Hamad Street.
A detailed discussion session was held with students on banking operations, techniques and mechanisms, requirements and qualifications that are required for employees who want to work in banks, Islamic and traditional banking, professional life and students’ choices and preferences in terms of specialisation taught in different universities.
Qatar Academy students and their accompanying supervisors expressed thanks and gratitude to QIIB for hosting the professional day on an annual basis, which confirms the bank’s support to education. They also acknowledged that they acquired relevant and important information about Islamic banking and banking operations in general, which provide them rich and valuable experience that will benefit them in their studies and professional life in future.
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