CBFS, Smith School of Business celebrate 10 years of collaboration

MUSCAT: Pursuant to its strategic objective of affiliating with globally top ranked institutions, the College of Banking and Financial Studies (CBFS) has collaborated with Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada, since 2007 for offering executive education in Oman. To mark the decennial anniversary of this affiliation, a celebration function was held at the College on January 25, 2017 which was attended by the HR and Training heads of banks and other organisations. Smith was represented at the celebrations by Dr David Saunders, Dean, and Thomas Anger, Director, Special Projects, MENA and China.
911133According to Abdulrahman al Balushi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CBFS,  “The College is in the forefront of skills development for the banking and financial sectors in the country. We view our collaboration with Smith as a significant step towards increasing the percentage of Omanisation in the middle and senior management cadres in banks and other companies.  We plan to intensify our executive development offerings in the coming days with a focus on increasing the leadership pipeline in the corporate sector”.
In his welcome address, Dr Ahmed bin Mohsin al Ghassani, Dean, CBFS, highlighted the progress of the collaboration over the years as evidenced by the various  executive development programmes (both open enrollment and customised) offered on a wide range of topics such as strategy, change management, leadership for senior managers, middle managers & first line managers, advanced selling skills and marketing. He emphasised that the nominations for these programmes have been drawn both from within and outside the banking and financial sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr David Saunders informed that Smith has been ranked the #1 executive development centre in Canada and top ten in the world by BusinessWeek’s (USA) global survey of open enrollment executive education programmes. The Financial Times (UK) also ranks Smith among the best executive education providers in the world. Thomas Anger stated that Smith is delighted to be associated with CBFS and expressed the confidence that the collaboration would grow stronger in future.