Fourteen day SAFEA Programme

Prof Cheng (right) having a discussion with Beifang University of Nationalities’ delegates

The Institute of Management and Leadership Development (IMLD) organised a 14-day State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) training programme named “Principles, Practice, Challenges and Human Capital of Islamic Financial Market” from 25 September to 8 October 2016 at Sungai Long Campus.

The delegates hailing from China’s Beifang University of Nationalities comprised Prof Zhou Ailan, Prof Ren Zhijun, Prof Wang Jinyun, Assoc Prof Li Su, Assoc Prof Zhang Zhengbin, Assoc Prof Luo Xiaojun, Assoc Prof Cai Xiaochun and Assoc Prof Ma Jinhua.

The programme aimed to provide training on Islamic Finance and Banking. Its contents included an introduction to Islamic Finance and Banking, overview of Islamic financial systems, Islamic Finance in Malaysia, and regulatory frameworks of Islamic Finance. The delegates from Beifang University of Nationalities enjoyed fruitful discussions with UTAR staff and representatives from the Malaysian banking industry.

Besides that, IMLD had also prepared visits to Malaysian banks and financial institutions, including OCBC Malaysia, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Bank Negara Malaysia and Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia (IBFIM).

Representing Beifang University of Nationalities at the closing ceremony of the programme, Prof Zhou Ailan said, “It’s a great pleasure for me to attend this programme. It gives us a chance to understand and learn more about the history, development and current situation of Islamic Banking in Malaysia. I wish to thank all the UTAR staff, especially IMLD, for organising such a wonderful training and trip for us. I hope we can meet again in future and I sincerely welcome all of you to visit us in China.”

UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei said, “Malaysia has a strategic location that connects East Asia to Europe and the Middle East. Malaysia also maintains a strong network of international relations and a multicultural and multiracial society. Thus Malaysia has very high potential for international trade with Western and Eastern countries. I hope UTAR will have many more collaborations with Beifang University of Nationalities in future.”

Also present at the closing ceremony were IMLD Director Prof Dr Cheng Ming Yu, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) Dean Dr Chong Siou Wei, ICS Department of Chinese Studies Head Dr Chin Chong Foh, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences Assoc Prof Dr Tan Sin Leng, LKC FES Department of Mathematical and Actuarial Sciences Prof Dr Chia Gek Ling, and Certified Interpreter Darren Meng.

SAFEA is responsible for certifying foreign experts to work in China and organising overseas training for Chinese technical and managerial professionals. UTAR’s IMLD is the first and only institute in Malaysia recognised by SAFEA to conduct such training.

Prof Lee (right) and Prof Zhou exchanging souvenirs

UTAR staff with all the Beifang University of Nationalities delegates

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