Tak­ing a fun ap­proach to ac­count­ing

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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.

For de­tails, call 03-2698 9622, e-mail micpa@micpa.com.my or visit www.micpa. com.my

THE MICPA-ICAA Ac­coun­tancy Week 2013 proved to be a fun, en­joy­able and ex­cit­ing event.

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