On 26th July 2016, Perbanas Institute officially launched its latest undergraduate study programme in Shariah Economics making it the sole higher education institution in Indonesia to offer this in-demand field of study. Perbanas also held a series of events as part of the ceremony including a seminar with a focus on “Opportunities and Challenges for Human Capital in Global Shariah Finance” which featured a number of keynote speakers including; Perbanas Institute’s Rector Prof. Dr. Ir. Marsudi Wahyu Kisworo, Mr Achmad Buchori as Department Head of Shariah Banking at the Financial Services Authority, Mr Imam T. Saptono as President Director of BNI Syariah, Dr Suminto as Director of Shariah Financing at the Ministry of Finance, and Dr Hamid Fahmi Zarkasyi, MA, ED, M. Phil from Darussalam Islamic University.
As the shariah banking and finance sector in Indonesia continues to incur an annual growth of 38%, higher education establishments such as Perbanas Institute are tasked with the obligation to support the industry by providing the necessary human resources. This rapid growth trend has initiated a sense of urgency for local institutions to serve as the answer to the demand.
Utilising its expertise in banking and finance, Perbanas’ newly founded course in Shariah Economics aims to produce highly-adept as well as well-principled graduates who are able to withstand rising competition within this niche market on the international stage. Future graduates of Perbanas’ Shariah Economics aim to take on leadership roles as fund managers, analysts, entrepreneurs, and bankers among other occupations specialising in shariah finance and banking. In order to deliver a comprehensive programme, enrolled students will be provided with the latest curricula that has been developed to suit the needs of the shariah banking industry; such measures are efforts that have kept Perbanas Institute at the forefront of Indonesia’s higher education sector. Through the introduction of its Shariah Economics study programme, Perbanas Institute is well-positioned in its move to become the centre of shariah banking and finance education in the region.