Taking a fun approach to accounting
THE MICPA-ICAA Accountancy Week 2013 held at the Multimedia University (MMU), Cyberjaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in November proved to be a fun and exciting event for over 400 students from 11 universities and polytechnics in Malaysia.
This was the 14th Accountancy Week organised by the professional accounting body – The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).
This year’s event was organised in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) and marks the fifth year the two institutes have been running a joint programme to train professional accountants in becoming Certified Public Accountants of Malaysia (CPA) as well as Chartered Accountants (CA) of Australia.
The joint programme is a result of a strategic partnership between the two bodies, which opens up doors of endless opportunities for its graduates and members as they are entitled access to the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) – a network of over 800,000 professional accountants represented by 11 premier accounting bodies around the world.
ICAA’s Chartered Accountants Programme can be undertaken by candidates in Malaysia through MICPA because of this MICPA-ICAA partnership and joint programme.
The Accountancy Week comprised an Accounting students quiz for university level, a management simulation game and a series of sports and games competitions. The event’s objective was to develop undergraduates who are technically strong and have the right mix of interpersonal and soft skills that will help them become strong accounting professionals.
All events were team-based and aimed at promoting a strong sense of camaraderie, teamwork and effective communication.
The event also hoped to expose participants to the world of professional accounting, as they had the opportunity to meet and network with accounting professionals from firms that had sponsored the prizes.
MICPA partnered with two universities in organising the Quiz and Sports & Games competition to develop leadership and communication skills among the students who formed the organising committee.
The organising committee director Amelia Soh, a third-year accounting undergraduate from MMU said, “The MICPA-ICAA Accountancy Week has moulded me into a better leader. I learned that an event relies on teamwork to make it a successful one.
“I had an enjoyable experience working with people of different personalities and had the opportunity to meet with accounting students from different universities.”
MICPA president Ken Pushpanathan who officiated at the opening and closing ceremonies, was happy to see such strong participation from the local universities.
“It was great to see their enthusiasm, excitement and support for their university’s teams. Friendly competition is healthy as it pushes the students to strive to be better at whatever they are doing. We hope these future professional accountants will certainly strive to be the best in their field,” he said.
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THE MICPA-ICAA Accountancy Week 2013 proved to be a fun, enjoyable and exciting event.