Under the patronage of the Chairman of Board Trustee, Shaikh Dr. Khalid M. Al-Khalifa, on 1-2 November 2016, University College of Bahrain (UCB) in collaboration with Airlangga University and Trisakti University successfully held a Thematic Workshop on Exploring Islamic Economic, Finance and Business Research Issues in the Middle East and South East Asia.
12 research papers, 6 research proposal and 1 special lecture were presented during the workshop. Paper presenters are from various nationalities such as Bahraini, Cypriot, Saudi, French, Jordanian, Pakistani and Indonesian. This workshop managed to achieve its objective which is to serve as a primary channel of knowledge sharing between researchers in the Middle East and South East Asia in this regards Bahrain and Indonesia, two Muslim countries where Islamic economics, banking and finance are flourishing.
The opening ceremony was attended by Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain H.E Chilman Arisman where he delivered a keynote speech stressing the importance of bilateral co-operation between Indonesia and Bahrain especially in the area of Islamic economics, banking and finance. In his welcoming speech, UCB President Prof. Salah A. A. Emara mentioned that this workshop is in line with UCB vision and mission. UCB believes that Islamic economics, banking and finance as one of the areas that contributes significantly to the economy of Bahrain. This surely needs more research to sustain the development of the industry. Dr. Sutan Emir Hidayat as one of the co-chairpersons of the workshop thanks everyone involved in the workshop such as the committee members and student council representatives who came to the workshop and ensured the success of the workshop. He also mentioned that selected papers from the workshop will be published in a special issue of Journal of Islamic Financial Studies in January 2016.