Welcome from The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL, Chairman of the Centre
Welcome to the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton. The Centre was launched in 2012 when I was Chancellor of the University and with the commitment and support of the Vice Chancellor, Professor George Holmes, and the governors, together with the drive of our Director, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq, I have watched it grow from strength to strength in attracting students and partnerships from around the world.
The University of Bolton, whose roots in education date back to 1824, has a long and proud heritage of delivering academic qualifications alongside sound practical experience. In the tradition of the oldest universities, the Centre is an independently recognised academic centre of the University and with our own dedicated lecturers and access to the wider pool of talent of the University, we share the University-wide commitment to develop the professional skills of our students. The University is renowned for its commitment to employer and industry relationships and the Centre for Islamic Finance, following in that tradition, maintains strong links with companies and organisations.
Professor Mohammed Kayed Abdel-Haq, a British Jordanian of Palestinian origin, is the Centre's Director. With a wealth of practical and professional experience he is highly regarded in the banking industry and was invited by the Government to serve on their Islamic Finance Task Force. This helped position Britain as the western hub of Islamic Finance and led to the issue of the first Government Sukuk and a commitment to Sharia'a compliant student loans. Professor Abdel-Haq's belief in inclusivity and breaking down barriers to understanding between all civilisations and faiths is a guiding principle of the Centre and informs our work with professionals, academics and the wider community in seeking to promote dialogue and universal values. The Centre is supported in this by its board of directors and by the International Advisory Board, drawn from prominent scholars and professionals.
Bolton, where I live, is a famously friendly town situated close to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. With one of the largest percentages of Muslim students in the UK, the University embraces diversity and values difference. It prides itself on staying abreast of social, cultural and economic change and reflecting this in its courses and work with partners. This combination of innovation, inclusivity and a willingness to look beyond the traditional boundaries of the University makes it the ideal home for the Centre for Islamic Finance.
I hope you enjoy looking around our website and if you do decide to study with us, or want to come and visit, you can be assured of a warm welcome.
Our most recent events
Islamic Finance symposium tackles the future of banking
The Centre for Islamic finance hosted its first symposium on the Islamic finance industry on Wednesday (26 October).
The one-day event excited audiences with an analysis on the juncture of financial practice and theoretical positions debated around the Islamic financial sector.
Leading Malaysian Minister visits the University
Dr Dusuki spoke on the topic of ‘Governance and Sharia compliant framework in Islamic Finance’, looking at how the industry began and how it can expand in the future.
Integrity at Work in Financial Services - making the right choice
The challenges of ensuring integrity underpins business decision-making was highlighted in the latest Centre for Islamic Finance's 2016 lecture at the University of Bolton.
A message of peace and love from Pope Francis
Pope Francis’s diplomatic representative in Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, delivered a message of harmony between faiths in a message from the Pope, delivered at an event hosted by the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton.
Cybercrime and security leader outlines new global crime wave
One of the world’s leading security, cybercrime and fraud experts, Don Randall MBE, was the latest leading speaker to visit the University of Bolton.
With 44 years of experience in law enforcement, Don Randall gave an enlightening talk on electronic theft, the changing nature of fraud and how we combat such attacks.
A fascinating insight into global economics
Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Paul Druckman was the latest speaker at the University’s Centre for Islamic Finance.
Paul is well known and respected throughout the business and accounting profession, having spoken at many national and international conferences.
BIBF Signs Progression Agreement with the University of Bolton
BIBF and the University of Bolton have signed a progression agreement to allow the graduates of BIBF’s Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance (ADIF) to continue their academic studies with the University of Bolton’s MBA in Islamic Finance.
Celebrating the magnificent Magna Carta
Leading authority on the Magna Carta, Professor Nicholas Vincent gave an enlightening insight into one of the most famous documents in the world, in the latest lecture of the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton.
Expanding horizons for the Centre for Islamic Finance
he Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Suleyman Sah University in Turkey.
Bolton's insight into HS2
Chief Executive of High Speed Two (HS2), Simon Kirby, presented the opportunities and challenges facing the new high speed railway HS2.
The Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Accounting Research Institute at the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia's largest university.
Lord Lamont lectures on Britain and the EU
The Centre for Islamic Finance recently welcomed former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Norman Lamont to speak on the topic of 'Britain and the EU - the future of a troubled relationship'.
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