With the aim of building up a well-qualified human capital base that supports the financial sector in the country and the region, the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, under which the Academy will work to provide joint professional and academic programmes from September 2017. Northumbria University’s Newcastle Business School was named UK ‘Business School of the Year’ in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards last December, and it recently achieved double AACSB accreditation in Accounting and Business (making it the only business school in Europe to earn such an accreditation).

The agreement signed by QFBA and Northumbria University is a great achievement for the Academy and the University which will lead to a strategic cooperation in various technical and scientific fields in addition to the exchange of expertise and professors to provide the best accredited academic and professional programmes.

In his remarks on the occasion, Sheikh Fahad Faisal Al Thani, QFBA’s Chairman, said:

QFBA’s MoU with Northumbria University represents a milestone in the Academy’s tangible contribution to the realisation of the Qatar National Vision 2030. This agreement is poised to play a key role in harmonising training qualifications with the evolving job market needs, while powering the financial sector in Qatar and the region with an entire generation of well-qualified professionals, capable of elevating the profile of their organisations as well as Qatar as a preferred business hub that attracts investments and businesses.’

Commenting on the Academy’s latest addition to its courses and certifications, Dr Abdul Aziz Al Horr, CEO of QFBA, said:

As part of QFBA’s strategy to unlock human potential and empower professionals to reach new heights in their career, our partnership with Northumbria University opens a world of opportunities for Qatar’s youth. Through this agreement, we will be presenting a package of various scientific and professional programmes that harmonises with the needs of the labour market in Qatar. The programmes will sport a qualitative aspect and international recognition for the national and international reputation that the Academy and the University enjoy.’

On his part, Professor Jon Reast, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Northumbria University, noted:

We are pleased to embark on this new relationship with QFBA to provide the Academy’s students with state-of-the-art undergraduate and post-graduate courses that will sharpen their knowledge and enable them to compete in the global job market. At Northumbria University, our approach to creating a distinctive learning experience that engages, empowers and inspires achievement is simple but powerful. We have top academics that work with students at every stage, to maximise their potential. Our excellent academic reputation, evidenced by our UK top 30 position for teaching and learning and ‘top 10’ graduate employment record, is not only a testament to the success of our approach, but also to the employment-boosting credentials that give our students a head start on their future competitors.’

Through the technical and scientific programmes that will be presented in partnership with the University, beneficiaries will learn about the latest scientific developments in areas of interest, in addition to the best practices in these aspects.

Meanwhile, Northumbria University’s innovative programmes for QFBA students provide them with the knowledge necessary to compete in an increasingly globalised economy and boost their employment prospects, through which they can exercise the skills and knowledge gained in the academic and professional programmes offered in partnership with the University.

The academic and professional programmes presented in partnership with Northumbria University are built around four key principles, namely research-rich learning, achieving together, digital learning, and real-world experience. These principles will make students more employable and fast track their career or help them start their own business and become entrepreneurs.

QFBA’s partnership with Northumbria University is the latest addition to the Academy’s line-up of world-class courses in the fields of accounting and financial management in addition to granting graduates prestigious certifications. The Academy’s offering is designed to present enrolees with a unique opportunity to build on their strengths, while empowering them to reach new heights through effective education, influential inspiration and access to essential tools and resources.

For more updates, visit qfba.edu.qa.