University of Nottingham opens international Islamic finance research centre

A brand new Centre for Islamic Business and Finance Research (CIBFR) has been established at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

The new unit – which will provide research and consultancy services to organisations worldwide – takes an integrated approach, dealing with both finance and a range of other Syariah-compatible products and services worth USD 2 billion (RM6.52 billion) annually to a market of over 1 billion people globally.

CIBFR is a dedicated research centre within the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). Located within the university’s prestigious business school, it brings together researchers across a range of disciplines who share an interest in understanding, analysing and developing Islamic perspectives of finance, management, marketing and tourism.

The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Islamic Business and Finance Research was launched on April 22 at a financial services reception hosted by the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

“Our vision to run this centre in Malaysia aligns well with Malaysia’s vision to become a world leader in Islamic banking and finance. As a global university we are particularly well placed to bridge across boundaries and to host international researchers, and we will exploit our history of excellence in teaching and learning to develop innovative programmes in Islamic finance and Islamic business,” said Professor Christine Ennew, CEO/Provost of UNMC.

According to Dr. Nafis Alam, Centre Director and Research Director of Accounting, Finance and Law at UNMC’s Nottingham University Business School: “The new CIBFR will leverage on experienced staff at Nottingham and international collaborations to consolidate its position as a specialised research centre that deals with the contemporary issues of Syariah-compliant businesses and consumers.”

CIBFR – in collaboration with the Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services of the University of Nottingham, UK, and the Centre for Global Finance and the International Finance Research Centre at University of Nottingham Ningbo China – will conduct multinational research to cater to the development of Islamic business in Europe and China.

Islamic finance within the region and globally is making strides. According to Malaysia’s Financial Sector Blueprint 2011-20, up to 56,000 new finance industry positions will be needed in the next 10 years – including up to 40,000 Islamic finance industry jobs.

“The importance of Islamic finance was highlighted by the British PM when he mentioned its role in his opening speech at World Islamic Economic Forum," explains Dr. Nafis. "He emphasised that “I don’t just want London to be a great capital of Islamic finance in the Western world. I want London to stand alongside Dubai and Kuala Lumpur as one of the great capitals of Islamic finance anywhere in the world.”

For further information contact:

Dr. Nafis Alam
Tel: +60(3) 8924 8279
Email: [email protected]


Josephine Dionisappu
Public Relations and Communications Manager
Tel: + 6 (03) 8924 8746
Email: [email protected]

Published: 28 Apr 2014

Contact details:

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia

+6(03) 8924 8778 (International) or +6(03) 8924 8000 (Malaysia)
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