Pakistani student wins President’s Award in Malaysia

Published: October 20, 2013
Syed Faiq Najeeb receiving the award.

Syed Faiq Najeeb receiving the award.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Pakistani student from Karachi, Syed Faiq Najeeb, has graduated with the highest CGPA at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), Malaysia and clinched the President’s Award for the academic year 2012-2013.

Faiq, son of Syed Najeeb Akhtar, received the President’s Award for the ‘Best Student of the Year’ for Masters in Islamic Finance (MIF) on October 5, on achieving 3.98 CGPA, the highest in the institution’s history. In addition, he completed the 24-month programme in a record 16 months.

The President’s Award was handed to him by the Bank Negara Malaysia Governor Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

Commenting on his achievement, Najeeb said, “I am grateful to Almighty Allah, family and friends for supporting me throughout this journey. Nonetheless, this award achievement is secondary, and my primary goal is to promote the Islamic financial system globally because to me it is a more resilient and reliable financial system.”

Previously, Najeeb has a BA (Hons) in International Business Management from the University of Nottingham. He developed an interest in Islamic Finance when he was working as a research analyst in his undergraduate alma mater. Subsequently he was awarded the Bank Negara Malaysia Scholarship to pursue his MIF at INCEIF. Currently, Faiq works with KFH Research Limited as a research analyst with a portfolio of Islamic Finance.

INCEIF, set up by Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia), is the only university in the world that is dedicated to postgraduate study in Islamic Finance.

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  • Saad Siddiqui
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Liberals, its time to unleash yourself by calling him Taliban-motivated-Award !


  • Urva
    Oct 20, 2013 - 2:59PM

    Meanwhile Malala received an honorary Masters degree for doing..ah..nevermind..

    Way to go man !! (Y) Well deserved, Stay blessed..


  • Mohammed Arif
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:01PM

    Congratulation to Najeeb and his parents for a wondereful achievement and I am sure in future he will cause a good name to the whole nation and Pakistan. Keep it up and lot of prays to you, Najeeb.


  • bilal
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:49PM

    wow I am impressed


  • Sultan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Well done buddy we are proud of you and our Pakistani Nation…. Inshaa Allah we will boost one day and we will prove our self best nation of the world :)Recommend

  • Bhai
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:36PM

    Interestingly office of President does not exist in Malaysia. From where this award came is strange itself.


  • Ayesha
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:27PM


    A “VERY SORRY” comment, by a “VERY SORRY” mind.


  • Oct 21, 2013 - 7:05AM

    @Saad Siddiqui:
    Malaysia does’t have President. They have king and Prime Minister.

    Western education is a slap on the face of Taliban and their supporters.


  • rasgullah
    Oct 22, 2013 - 2:52PM

    So this course is offered only by that institution in the whole world. Was he the only student?


  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Oct 26, 2013 - 5:09AM

    Felicitions to Islamic Republic Of Pakistan your Sons are getting knowldge in Islamic Finance


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