INCEIF has always prided itself as a global university, in providing world-class education and having internationally renowned collaborators to promote Islamic finance globally. Therefore, the university has continuously encouraged its students and faculty to seek out international experience.
Two of INCEIF faculty members recently completed a one-week programme in Istanbul at Sabahattin Zaim Universitesi (IZU) under the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching. The programme allows academic staff of a Higher Education Institution (HEI) to teach and carry joint academic/ educational activities at a partner HEI in the programme countries around the globe. The programme includes activities such as lecturing, hands-on teaching activities, delivering a seminar and organising a workshop.
Erasmus (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students)+ is the European Union’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its global budget of 14.7 billion euros (RM67.8 billion) provides opportunities for millions of students around the world to study, train and volunteer abroad. The programme, which started in 2014, offers scholarships and international credit mobility schemes. It encourages mobility and cooperation projects for education, training, youth and sports in 33 programme countries (all 28 EU member states and five other European countries).
Assoc Prof Dr Eskandar Shah Mohd Rasid, one of the two participating faculty members, used the opportunity to share his research work and explored possible collaboration with ISZU faculty.
“The time spent at IZU, though short, certainly strengthen the collaboration between two universities that share similar aspirations. In particular, IZU was appreciative of Malaysia’s experience and INCEIF’s expertise in the area of Islamic finance and sustainability, “said Dr Eskandar who got to teach a class on research methodology for IZU postgraduate students.
Prof Dr Zulkarnain Muhamad Sori said the exchange programme allowed participants to gain an insight into the university system of host country and compare the curricular as an impetus for curriculum development. It also fostered international research cooperation and international academic networks.
Prof Zulkarnain had the opportunity to conduct a two-day training on `Financial Reporting of Islamic Financial Institution: The non-accountants/ non-finance perspective’ for IZU lecturers and postgraduate students.
INCEIF has hosted one IZU faculty member and three PhD students under the same staff and student exchange programme during the September 2018 semester. Since 2015, projects involving selected Malaysian universities have allowed for the mobility of 861 persons – 531 from Malaysia to Europe and 330 from Europe to Malaysia.