Meezan Bank and IBA Collaborate for Talent Development

Meezan Bank and IBA Collaborate for Talent Development

KARACHI, January 16, 2024 – Meezan Bank, Pakistan’s premier Islamic bank, has unveiled an ambitious talent development initiative named “Meezan Justuju” in collaboration with the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) – Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF).

The fully-funded program, aimed at nurturing fresh graduates, is set to play a pivotal role in addressing the growing demand for skilled professionals in Islamic banking and finance.

The launch of Meezan Justuju marks a significant milestone in the efforts to bridge the existing skill gap in the industry. The program is a two-month certificate course tailored to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and expertise in Islamic banking and finance.

The initial screening, conducted through a written test at Meezan House, witnessed an overwhelming response, with enthusiastic participation from graduates across diverse disciplines. The program’s popularity underscores the keen interest among young professionals to explore career opportunities within the Islamic finance sector.

Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, Group Head Shariah Compliance at Meezan Bank, expressed his views on the initiative, saying, “Meezan Justuju is a testament to our commitment to nurturing Islamic finance talent. By providing the youth with the right skills and knowledge, we aim to bridge the existing skill gap in the industry. This program serves as a stepping stone for fresh graduates to initiate promising careers and contribute to a more responsible and equitable financial system.”

The program’s curriculum has been strategically crafted to encompass a wide range of topics relevant to Islamic finance. It aims to prepare a pool of talented individuals well-versed in the principles of Islamic banking, allowing them to explore diverse career paths within the industry. Potential career avenues include roles in Islamic banks, Takaful companies, Mudarabah companies, Islamic asset management companies, and Islamic banking divisions or windows.

Meezan Bank’s collaboration with IBA-CEIF adds academic rigor to the program, leveraging the expertise of one of Pakistan’s leading business education institutions. The partnership ensures that participants receive a comprehensive and industry-relevant education, positioning them for success in the competitive landscape of Islamic finance.

In addition to providing technical knowledge, Meezan Justuju places a strong emphasis on instilling ethical values and responsible business practices. The program aims not only to produce skilled professionals but also to contribute to the development of a financial ecosystem that aligns with Islamic principles.

As Meezan Bank takes this innovative step to empower the next generation of Islamic finance professionals, it reinforces the bank’s commitment to promoting sustainable and ethical banking practices. Meezan Justuju is poised to make a lasting impact by shaping the careers of aspiring graduates and contributing to the continued growth and development of the Islamic finance industry in Pakistan.