Islamic Finance e-course

Islamic Finance e-course

08 Dec 2010

La Trobe University has teamed with a world-leader in Islamic Finance training and certification, Dubai’s Ethica Institute, to launch Australia's first e-learning program in Islamic Finance.

e-learningAnnouncing the move, La Trobe University's Associate Professor Ishaq Bhatti said: ‘With Ethica, our Islamic Finance program now extends far beyond our physical campuses.

‘This will be the first time in the world that a 100 per cent on-line course in Islamic finance is offered as part of an on-campus course.’

Two years ago, La Trobe began Australia’s first ever Masters program in Islamic Banking and Finance, one of only a few in the world.

‘Now, for the first time,’ says Dr Bhatti ‘we can tap into the growing demand for Islamic Finance from students in India, China, and the Middle East.’

The new Islamic Finance Professional Development course begins on 15 January 2011. It has already attracted publicity in countries ranging from India to Japan.

International education is Australia’s largest services export. With more than 550,000 students it contributes around $12 billion annually to the national economy.

Dr Bhatti says the Australian government has promoted Islamic finance in recent years by exploring tax neutrality for Shariah-compliant products.

Ethica's Managing Director, Atif Khan, said: ‘Interactive e-learning is the best way to address Australia's growing demand for certified Islamic Finance graduates.

‘La Trobe is already a pioneer in the field with one of the world's only Masters programs in Islamic Finance. Now, with an e-learning component, they can scalably grow their campus across the globe.’

Ethica says that earlier this year, Mashreq Bank, one of leading banks in the United Arab Emirates, rolled out Ethica's e-learning program across its entire Islamic banking network. Dow Jones affiliate Zawya.com and New York based Banker's Academy also signed on with Ethica recently.


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