Producing all-rounded graduates
IF you want a business degree that gives you a competitive edge and puts you ahead of the pack, Curtin University has what you are looking for.
The university’s strong industry connections ensure its business courses are aligned with the latest industry trends, with considerable emphasis on decision-making, trends in technology and associated work patterns and other aspects of management in the highly competitive business arena.
Its Bachelor of Commerce courses are designed to develop professional expertise in several relevant areas of specialisation and in a range of other required skills.
Furthermore, the principal roles of accountancy and finance in society and their notable influence in daily business transactions worldwide make them interesting disciplines in their own right.
Accounting and Finance double-major
The Accounting and Finance double-major remains one of the most popular doublemajor combinations that Curtin University offers both at its main campus in Perth, Western Australia, and at its largest international campus – the Curtin Sarawak campus in Miri, Malaysia.
The three-year full-time course is designed for students who want to specialise in corporate and institutional finance. Graduates of the course with suitable work experience may be considered for admission to graduate courses at both campuses and other institutions internationally.
In their first year, students study units common to all the commerce majors, followed by more specialised units such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, business and company law, taxation and auditing, corporate finance, international finance, derivative securities and portfolio management.
In addition, they will gain a broad understanding of the structure and operations of financial markets in Asia and globally, together with the theory and techniques underlying accounting and financial management.
At Curtin Sarawak, the course is offered under the Department of Accounting of the Curtin Sarawak School of Business and is available on a full-time basis where students can complete the degree in a minimum of six semesters over three years.
Students are offered flexibility in completing their degrees, in which they can opt to complete all three years at Curtin Sarawak or transfer to the main campus for Year two and three. Admission to the course requires students to meet Curtin’s English language and standard admission requirements.
In addition to being recognised by the Malaysian Government through the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the Public Services Department, the course is recognised as being acceptable for associate membership in CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), as well as entry to the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) graduate programme.
After obtaining membership in CPA Australia, ICAA or ACCA, graduates are eligible for membership in the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
All courses offered at Curtin Sarawak are identical in structure to those at the main campus and degrees are awarded by Curtin University in Perth. Students experience the same standards of teaching and learning that are highly prized by graduates and respected by industry and professional bodies worldwide.
Furthermore, the degrees are awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework, a single nationwide system designed to ensure Australian qualifications are recognised and accepted throughout the world.
As a result, graduates from the Accounting and Finance course can look forward to excellent employment opportunities internationally.
Graduates can look forward to lucrative careers as professional accountants, auditors, financial analysts, financial planners, fund managers and futures traders, both within Malaysia and internationally.
Students also learn from experienced teaching staff, and are exposed to some of the industry’s top employers through field trips, internships, real-life scenarios and practical assignments, guest lectures by industry professionals and networking events.
Curtin Sarawak School of Business department of accounting head Dr Anbalagan Krishnan commented that his department’s highly qualified teaching staff ensures students are equipped with exceptional forward-thinking qualities and cutting-edge knowledge to meet the needs of their future employers.
Anbalagan is confident that combined with classroom learning, involvement in extracurricular activities and the department’s strong affiliations to business organisations in and around the region, the department will continue to produce all-rounded graduates that will be competitive in the global market.
He said that just as with the Curtin Business School (CBS) in Perth, Curtin Sarawak’s School of Business offers students more than just a classroom experience.
School of Business R&D Coordinator and senior lecturer of accounting Dr Pauline Ho said, as the department with the largest number of students in the school, the Department of Accounting has earned a reputation for offering high-quality, market-driven accounting programmes.
“The design of our curriculum incorporates the attainment of Curtin’s graduate attributes to ensure our accounting graduates are not only academically sound but also workplace ready,” she said.
Curtin Sarawak opened its doors in 1999 following an invitation from the Sarawak State Government to Curtin University to establish its first international campus in Miri in the north of the state.
It has one of the most modern university campuses in South-East Asia, where stylish buildings based on the architectural style of Curtin’s main campus in Perth complement world-class, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
It is a popular choice for both Malaysian and international students from over 40 countries because of its international outlook, innovative courses, world-class teaching facilities, flexible study options, applied and practical subjects, use of advanced technology, and partnerships with industry and government.
The relatively lower tuition fees and living costs compared with going through the same courses at the main campus is also a big draw.
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At Curtin Sarawak’s School of Business, students are offered more than just a classroom experience.