UNISSA adds another feather to its cap

Lyna Mohamad

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) notched another milestone through its Islamic Economics and Finance Faculty (FEKIm) after being awarded the Global Islamic Finance Awards 2020 (GIFA 2020) for two consecutive years.

The university was awarded for the GIFA Market Leadership Award 2020 (Education in Islamic Banking and Finance) Category, outdoing three other nominated institutions at the global level.

Dean of FEKIm Dr Abdul Nasir bin Haji Abdul Rani in a virtual message expressed hopes the achievement for two consecutive years will motivate and heighten the spirits of FEKIm academic staff to continue to be dynamic and innovative.

He also hoped they will continue to upgrade their learning and teaching quality (through the education platform) and jointly work towards the development and empowerment of Islamic Banking and Finance role in the global finance system.

FEKIm UNISSA first received the same GIFA Awards on September 16, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, attended by Dr Abdul Nasir. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNISSA decided not to attend the ceremony this year. The 10th GIFA Awards presentation was held at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan on September 14. It was officiated by President Dr Arif ur-Rahman Alvi and broadcast live on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and GIFA website.

The nomination of FEKIm in GIFA from Cambridge International Finance Advisor (IFA), United Kingdom (UK) as the GIFA Awards nominee 2019 and 2020 is a major recognition in the global industry towards the achievement of the faculty in the development and advancement of studies in the field of global Islamic banking and finance.

GIFA is a prestigious label of excellence that recognises governments, institutions and individuals who have exhibited outstanding achievements in their respective fields, contributing to the sustainability of Islamic banking and finance as a viable system within the global international financial architecture.

GIFA committee recognises the achievements of individuals, institutions and governments globally on their extraordinary contribution towards the development of Islamic banking and finance, and ensuring that it remains committed to social responsibility.