About ABS
The ASIAN BANKING SCHOOL (ABS) is the industry provider of premium professional certification and capability development programmes. Dedicated to developing talent, it specializes in professional banking education and serves as a channel for intellectual content and thought leadership for the banking sector.
Created for the industry by the industry as an independent entity, ABS was built upon the decades-long experience of the Institute of Bankers Malaysia (IBBM) in delivering professional qualifications and training programmes. It was registered in 2012 and after its official launch by the then Bank Negara Malaysia Governor at the end of 2013, ABS started full operations in August 2015.
At the helm of ABS is Chief Executive Officer Professor Colyn Gardner, who has had a long illustrious career immersed in banking. He has been a practising banker, a banking consultant to many of the world’s largest banks and organisations, an innovative training course developer, a professor of banking, a successful Conference Speaker on banking topics and a corporate client of banks. He founded and built several companies that have listed on the London Stock Exchange, including DC Gardner Group plc; the largest and leading banking training consultancy of its time, and a name that is still respected around the world today. His entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, commitment and strength in the areas of talent development will see him steering ABS towards its strategic direction in delivering highly regarded training for banking professionals internationally.

As one of the industry’s preferred partner in learning and development, ABS offers industry relevant training programmes that cover a comprehensive list of banking areas and are designed and developed in-house by our Specialist Training Consultancy Team or in collaboration with strategic learning partners that includes some of the top business schools in the world. It also provides specialised consulting services and tailored learning solutions to meet the specific needs of our clients; with executive education offerings already being planned for in the near future.

ABS works closely with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers in raising competency standards for the banking industry through the delivery of training and exams for professional qualifications developed and awarded by the professional body.

ABS also plays a significant role in enriching the talent pipeline for the financial services sector through the industry recognised Financial Sector Talent Enrichment Programme (FSTEP).

Guided by the transformation blueprint for the Malaysian banking education landscape, it is the aim of ABS to innovate the approach of developing talent, and in turn raise the calibre and dynamism of professionals in the industry. 

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