KDU Bridging Graduates With Real Industry Players To Face Real World Challenges

Students get themselves registered for the industry talk.  Mr. Safri sharing his expertise during the talk. 
KDU students having group photo with the guest speaker Mr Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid, the Senior Managing Director and Deputy CEO of CIMB Islamic.   
In ensuring graduates gain the knowledge which is industry relevant and have the ability to hit the ground running upon graduation; the Student and Alumni Centre (SAC) of KDU University College is engaging industrial players of varied background to walk into the campus from time to time, in order to share their valuable knowledge about the current market development trend.

Propelled by strong industry-academia links that built up by SAC, Mr Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid, the Senior Managing Director and Deputy CEO of CIMB Islamic, is the most recent guest-speaker who had been invited to the campus to give an industrial talk entitled ‘Career Opportunities in Islamic Wholesale and Investment Banking’.

In conjunction with KDU Career Exploration initiative, this industry talk was co-organised with The Malaysian Investment Banking Association (MIBA), and held at KDU’s Utropolis Glenmarie campus on 27 September 2017. The event took place in the ‘Silent Room’ of student dormitory – Accommodation, there were 42 students attended the talk, majority of which were from the School of Business (SoB).

As the pioneering member of CIMB Islamic, and had been credited for a number of ground-breaking ‘World First’ and award-winning transactions – the notable ones included all the exchangeable ‘Sukuk’ transactions (Sharia compliant bonds transaction), Mr Safri eloquently shared his knowledge on Islamic investment, asset management, e-commerce, commercial banking and career opportunities.

On top of his outstanding profile and rich experience in Islamic banking, Mr Safri is also the Chairman of the Malaysian Investment Banking Association’s Islamic Capital Market Committee; and also a member of various CIMB Group Committees. This would ensure the best quality of sharing session could be achieved for the benefits of KDU students who participated in the special occasion.
From the talk, students learned that Malaysia is the global leader in ‘Sukuk’ transactions, which is known as bonds in conventional finance. Mr Safri shared important details on the types of Islamic banking from which students could venture into as a career in future.

The direct engagement with the speaker’s expertise and sharing on Islamic finance, the students are hoped to have gained much insights from a broader scope, which will definitely complement and enrich what they have picked up in daily theory and formal leaning.

“The talk has taught me very much on Islamic Banking, which I have not really picked up before this. I think this topic should be shared to more people in the world,” said Yeoh Kiong Wei, a Diploma in Business Administration student. Yong Shu Wen, a Bachelor of Communication (Hons) student opined, “The talk was interesting as it provided a different path of learning. I have gained valuable insight on Islamic banking.”