The Star Malaysia - Star2
Entering the business world
ACCOUNTING is the universal language used in all business practices that transpire sustainability, which helps companies in making sound financial decisions.
It is regarded as a professional and stable career that produces business leaders who shape world economies.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) offered by the leading private university, KDU College, is an ideal pathway for those interested in pursuing a qualification that allows them to join the financial and business world, or to become a professional accountant.
With subjects covering leadership and management, strategy and innovation, financial management, taxation, audit and assurance, professionalism and ethics, among others, the ACCA-qualified professionals are well designed to suit the requirements in a wide range of areas.
ACCA is the world’s leading body for professional accountants with 198,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries.
The Professional Accountancy Centre (PAC) at KDU College was set up in 2008 to offer Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) and ACCA courses.
Within a year, it was awarded gold status and is now celebrating its sixth year, and awarded the platinum status of an approved learning partner by ACCA.
This achievement was possible thanks to its team of dedicated faculty members, excellent student support system and a conducive campus learning environment.
The CAT qualification is specifically tailored to provide students with fundamental knowledge and technical skills to fulfil an accounting role at the specialist level. It is awarded by ACCA and is globally recognised.
The programme provides a fast track pathway towards becoming a qualified accountant.
Most of the students taking the course are able to complete their CAT within a year and continue with the ACCA programme for another two years.
Addressing a common misconception of many, one of the ACCA affiliates, Chin Chee Liang said, “ACCA does not only focus on accounting. This course has taught me about management of finances, law and taxation, and more.”
Chin said it opened up a global career full of possibilities where he can choose to work in any country, sector or even become an entrepreneur.
ACCA’s unique partnership with Oxford Brookes University also allows students to obtain a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Accounting, upon completion of the ACCA Fundamentals Level, ACCA Ethics and Professional Skills Module and passing of a Research and Analysis Project.
KDU’s ACCA programme prepares and facilitates students to acquire the full range of competencies financial professionals need, with an emphasis on technical knowledge, cognitive capabilities and soft skills.
Students are not just limited to classroom lessons but complemented with guest lectures by industry leaders as well as additional programmes to aid them to excel in their examination.
Specially designed Employability Enhancement Programmes, which comprise communication skills enrichment, business simulation programmes, and audit software and simulation programmes allow students to equip themselves with prerequisite skills indispensable to ace their professional level studies while also enhancing their employability.
“The lecturers here are approachable and willing to help us even after class. Besides, PAC also organises various fun activities for us,” said Lee Yoke Kei, who passed all ACCA papers.
ACCA student Tham Kian Fei added, “Besides acquiring technical knowledge from the class – club activities and external competitions have enhanced real-world skills.”
In conjunction with KDU’s 35th anniversary, a 35% tuition fee waiver on CAT or ACCA will be awarded to deserving students.