Expanding horizons for the Centre for Islamic Finance

Posted on Friday 13th November 2015

The Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Suleyman Sah University in Turkey.

The University, located in Istanbul, has over 2000 students from 75 different countries.

Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq and Chairman of the Centre, Baroness Morris of Bolton OBD DL were both present at the signing with Rector President of Suleyman Sah University, Prof. Dr.Hüseyin Ekiz and Dr. Kondal Kandadi, Assistant Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton.

Suleyman Sah Group

Baroness Morris said 'Turkey is an important country standing between Europe and the Middle East and I am delighted that we are forging this new and exciting relationship with Suleyman Sah University'.

Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Ekiz said: ‘Islamic Finance is growing in Turkey and we are very happy to collaborate with the University’s Centre for Islamic Finance and look forward to developing a healthy partnership together’.

Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq said he was looking forward to the two universities collaborating in research and co-operating in areas of common interest.

Suleyman Sah Signing 2

From Left to Right: Baroness Morris of Bolton OBD DL, Dr. Kondal Kandadi, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq and Prof. Dr.Hüseyin Ekiz.


The Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton, which was launched in 2012 has PhD students from around the world and in January 2016 launches its MBA in Islamic Finance on both a full-time and part-time basis.  It is supported in its work by an International Advisory Board, drawn from highly respected academics and businessmen and women.

The Centre works in collaboration with other financial and academic institutions to encourage high quality research and to promote the understanding of Islamic finance through lectures, conferences and short courses. 

It has welcomed numerous industry leaders to speak at the University, including Dr Ahmed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Norman Lamont and Chief Executive of HS2, Simon Kirby.  Later this month the Centre has a lecture on the Magna Carta and in January 2016 will host a conference on Financial Criminology.

To find out more about the Centre for Islamic Finance, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/cif