BNP Paribas has also worked closely with University Paris-Dauphine, which runs a popular course in Islamic finance. In 2013, senior bankers in the region, led by Jean-Christophe Durand, held a forum on the subject for students and lecturers from the University, discussing the role and positioning of Islamic Finance within BNP Paribas and the outlook for Islamic finance markets in the Gulf region.

BNP Paribas Office Training Incubator

In 2012, the Bank also established the BNP Paribas Office Training Incubator (OTI) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. The OTI caters to the specific needs of individuals with disabilities, providing them with the skills needed to carry out various tasks in office administration and to better integrate into the workplace.

The initiative, which has operated under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Fatima Al-Balooshi, Minister of Social Development, reflects the Bank s commitment to education, while also reinforcing the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain s policies to provide equal opportunities to persons with disabilities.

The OTI provides students with nine hours of study a week, over the course of a full academic year. Through a curriculum delivered in English and Arabic by the Bahrain Training Institute, students learn a mix of theoretical and practical office skills such as work ethics, IT skills, business communication, customer relations, secretarial skills and maths.

The first class of students graduated in 2013, using their accreditation to apply for office administration work placements in mainstream office environments, with a new intake of students beginning their studies in 2014.

OPENING OF THE BNP PARIBAS

OFFICE TRAINING INCUBATOR (OTI) IN THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN,

2012 (GULF DAILY NEWS)

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