Grooming finance professionals
SINCE 1904, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has been grooming complete finance professionals who are highly sought-after by employers around the world for the value they contribute to businesses.
The environment in which finance professionals now operate in requires them to bring a broader range of finance skills to the table.
Finance functions now have to be excellent in a wide range of capabilities, from supporting businesses to managing risks, developing effective strategies for growth, driving financial insight, continuing to maintain appropriate levels of control across the organisation as well as ensuring its statutory and regulatory responsibilities are met.
To meet the demands of the changing business landscape and to ensure that ACCAtrained professionals remain relevant to employers’ needs, ACCA works closely with 285 approved learning partners (ALPs) all over the world on the serious task of grooming the next generation of finance leaders.
One such partner is Sunway TES in Malaysia.
ACCA and Sunway TES have enjoyed a relationship that dates back to 1994. When ACCA’s University and College Registration Scheme was introduced in 2002, Sunway proved its capability by obtaining Premier Level.
Consistent delivery of quality tuition support resulted in improving student performance in ACCA examinations. This resulted in Sunway TES being awarded the Premier Plus rating in 2003, which today is known as the Platinum Level of ACCA’s Approved Learning Partner – Student Tuition stream.
Sunway TES was the first educational institution in Malaysia to obtain platinum status – the highest and most prestigious level of approval for universities and colleges that ACCA awards under its ALP stream.
During his recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, ACCA president Martin Turner congratulated Sunway TES for its achievement in delivering beyond expectations.
“Retaining ACCA’s highest accreditation under our ALP programme for 10 consecutive years is an astonishing achievement. When we reflect on Sunway TES’ performances over the decade, it is very clear that their track record has been nothing short of stellar.”
To date, Sunway TES has nurtured almost 4,000 Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) finalists and over 3,000 ACCA affiliates who have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers.
The college has also produced 24 ACCA world prizewinners, students who have gained the best scores in the world in their respective papers.
The quality tuition and dedicated guidance provided at ACCA’s ALPs are among the reasons behind students’ ability to score well in the ACCA exams.
Currently, there are 22 ALPs recognised in Malaysia.
ACCA Malaysia head Jennifer Lopez said, “Every year, exceptional ACCA affiliates and students excel in their examination, many of whom are Malaysian students.
“This reinforces the truth that local talents continue to be one of the best in the world and therefore highly demanded by global employers.”
It is a known fact that Malaysia is still facing a severe shortage of professional accountants.
In a concerted effort to encourage the Bumiputera community to pursue a career in accountancy, ACCA and Sunway have been working with Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (YPPB) to provide financial assistance to eligible Bumiputera candidates to pursue professional accounting qualifications.
The Peneraju Profesional - Pensijilan Perakaunan programme is open to bumiputeras with a bachelor’s degree or diploma in accounting, banking and finance or businessrelated field with a minimum CGPA of 2.8 (3.0 for diploma holders).
To be eligible, applicants must have at least three years’ work experience in auditing, banking, finance or business-related field, and must be currently working in the Klang Valley or Kuching.
Successful applicants will be fully funded to pursue the ACCA Qualification on a part-time basis with tuition provided at Sunway TES (for Klang Valley) or Sunway College Kuching.
“This up-skilling programme is specifically designed to assist aspiring accountants to become a chartered certified accountant through the completion of the ACCA Qualification.
This is a great opportunity for bumiputera graduates to upgrade their knowledge and skills without having to worry about the financial burden of studying an internationally recognised qualification,” said Lopez.
For details, visit www.penerajuedu.com or www.accaglobal.com.
According to Lopez, exceptional ACCA affiliates and students excel in their examination every year, many of whom are Malaysian students.