Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek said, “With a population of 1.6 billion, an economic size of $30 trillion and access to a trade volume of $8 trillion within a 4-hour flight distance, Istanbul Financial Center has the potential to be an important center of attraction in terms of global finance.”
According to the statement made by Ziraat Bank, the opening ceremony was held in the historical headquarters building of the bank in Ankara Ulus, with the participation of Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek and other guests.
Minister Simsek, whose speech at the ceremony was included in the statement, stated that we are going through a period in which the importance of accessibility and communication to all parts of the world is increasing with the development of technology and financial globalization, and added:
“With a population of 1.6 billion, an economic size of $30 trillion and access to a trade volume of $8 trillion within a 4-hour flight distance, Istanbul Financial Center has the potential to be an important center of attraction in terms of global finance. One of the most important factors that will make this potential a reality is the employment of generations in our banking sector that will compete with the world and direct the future. We are taking another very important step in this regard with the university we will establish with the initiative of Ziraat Bank, which will bring together the elements of agriculture, finance and technology.”
“The roots of Ziraat Bank Banking School date back to 1926”
Ziraat Bank General Manager Alpaslan Cakar stated that the roots of Ziraat Bank Banking School, where 157 banker candidates will receive training in the new term, are based on the “Practical Banking School” established in 1926.
Cakar said, “This year, we are proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Republic and the 160th anniversary of our bank. As Ziraat Finance Group, we have never worked and will never work with a business logic based only on profitability. While we continue our activities with a strategy that acts with public dignity and prioritizes our country’s balance sheet and public interest, we continue on our way with the flexibility, professionalism and dynamism of the private sector.
In this context, we are laying the foundations of the university, which will take the support our bank has provided for 160 years in the economy and finance sector, as well as culture-art, sports, education, etc., one step further. Ziraat Bank Education Foundation, which we established for this purpose, started to contribute to the academic field with the international symposium titled ‘The Future of Banking’, which will be held at the beginning of December.”
cakar concluded his words by wishing success to his new colleagues.
Trained many successful bankers in the national and international arena
According to the statement, many successful bankers and economists in the national and international arena have graduated from Ziraat Bank Banking School, which was established with the vision of bringing young banker candidates into business life and becoming a nationally and internationally recognized and preferred educational brand.
As a result of meticulous work, candidates are trained in line with the curriculum that is renewed every year with industry developments. The training program provided includes Vocational Training, Coaching, Reinforcement and On-the-Job Training Practices.
Students who graduate from Ziraat Bank Banking School also receive a master’s degree within the scope of the cooperation with Ankara University. Ziraat Bank also organizes doctoral programs within the scope of R&D activities within the framework of the same cooperation.
It is expected that the Banking School tradition, which is nearly 100 years old, will continue its activities by getting stronger in line with the vision of Istanbul Financial Center.
Source: Trthaber / Prepared by Irem Yildiz