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Excellent career prospects for Islamic Economics graduates

Excellent career prospects for Islamic Economics graduates

UNAIR NEWS – The excellence of graduates from the Islamic Economics undergraduate program lies in their general understanding of economics and business and their profound understanding of Islamic economics principles. This is a significant added value, considering the large Muslim communities worldwide. With the growing halal industry and Sharia-compliant economics and finance, the opportunities for graduates to work in the public sector aligned with Islamic principles or in the Sharia industry are plenty and sustainable. 

Bayu Arie Fianto, SE, MBA, Ph.D., the Head of the Islamic Economics undergraduate program at Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), stated that the program has obtained excellent accreditation from LAMEMBA, replacing BAN-PT. It has also gained accreditation from FIBAA Germany with international premium seal status and accreditation from ABEST21 Japan. 

He also revealed that they have introduced the International Undergraduate Program (IUP) for Islamic Economics, which has established a double-degree cooperation with Section University in the Netherlands. Moreover, in student mobility, nine students and one dean from New Zealand recently came to participate in a summer school covering topics of food security, sustainability, and Islamic Finance. 

“As a result, students from various countries also learn about Islamic Economics at UNAIR. Besides visits from the University of Malaya, Turkey, Thailand, and the Philippines, UNAIR sends students to study for a semester at Deacon University. In 2023, four Islamic Economics undergraduate students accepted at IISMA were sent to Poland, Germany, Australia, and Malaysia,” said Bayu.

The Islamic Economics undergraduate program at UNAIR generally spans eight semesters or four years. However, there is flexibility in completing it in 3.5 years. The Fast Track program also allows students to directly proceed to the master’s program with an additional year, opening faster career achievement opportunities. 

Bayu Arie also explained that students can participate in the Emancipated Skill Learning Internship (MBKM) offered by the ministry, and most of them choose to intern in various places, from Microsoft to Sharia banks and other multinational companies. Internship initiatives also come from the Islamic Economics undergraduate program, including at Bank Jatim Syariah, Fintech Syariah Alami, and the Indonesian Wakaf Movement. 

“With these diverse internship opportunities, around 300 students were sent for internships last year, including about 200 students who interned at public and Sharia companies, and the results were converted into existing courses in the Islamic Economics undergraduate program,” he added.

Author: Rosali Elvira Nurdiansyarani

Editor: Feri Fenoria