Finance, Risk Management and Banking
ABSA Chair in Banking
ABSA and Unisa, with the co-operation of the Unisa Foundation, initiated a Chair in Banking in 2008 for a period of five years. The ABSA Chair in Banking is an academic facility for banking within the Department of Finance, Risk Management and Banking at Unisa. Prof Jackie Young was appointed as the incumbent of the chair.
The following are some of the objectives of the ABSA Chair in Banking:
- Promoting research of banking and related topics
- Developing training and educational programmes in banking
- Supervising students who undertake postgraduate studies in banking
- Supporting the process of accreditation of banking modules
- Enabling the publication of research findings
- Providing in-house education and training support to ABSA staff
The above objectives can be summarised according to the following strategic categories:
- Development: Assisting in the development of the Programme Qualification Mix for banking qualifications
- Research: Promoting banking-related research initiatives and the publication of articles
- International Banking Conference: Supporting the project to organise the bi-annual International Banking Conference which was hosted by Unisa in 2011
- Community Engagement: Coordinating research-based community engagement initiatives related to banking
It is envisaged that by means of the ABSA Chair in Banking, banking education and training will be enhanced and expanded throughout Southern Africa in particular, but also to the rest of Africa.