To­wards a sound fu­ture

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AC­COUNT­ING and fi­nance are vi­tal ar­eas in man­ag­ing the mone­tary re­sources of busi­nesses. Ac­count­ing is more fo­cused on reg­u­larly man­ag­ing and record­ing fi­nan­cial re­ports, which abide by stan­dard prin­ci­ples and pro­cesses. Fi­nance fo­cuses on growth pro­jec­tion or con­trol based on the same fi­nan­cial state­ments and records.

Di­ploma of Ac­count­ing fi­nal-year stu­dent Seh Rong Yao men­tioned there are four as­pects to ac­count­ing: Tax­a­tion, Fi­nan­cial Ac­count­ing, Man­age­ment Ac­count­ing and Au­dit­ing.

He dis­cov­ered a keen in­ter­est in tax­a­tion as it re­lates closely to com­pli­ance with statu­tory laws.

BA (Hons) in Fi­nance fi­nal-year stu­dent Ryan Tan Xin Jie re­ceived a full schol­ar­ship from the Sin Chew Daily Ed­u­ca­tion Fund. He com­pleted his Foun­da­tion in Science.

In due course, he dis­cov­ered he pre­ferred a peo­ple-ori­ented ca­reer and opted to pur­sue the BA (Hons) in Fi­nance.

Mean­while, sopho­more year stu­dent Pav­i­h­tra Nan­dini felt she had flair in ac­count­ing and fi­nance and opted to pur­sue the BA (Hons) in Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance.

Ni­lai Univer­sity of­fers both di­ploma and de­gree pro­grammes in these two spe­cialised fields. The di­ploma pro­gramme fo­cuses on ac­count­ing while stu­dents pro­gress­ing to a de­gree can choose to spe­cialise ei­ther in ac­count­ing or a com­bi­na­tion of ac­count­ing and fi­nance. The un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes of­fered are:

– Di­ploma in Ac­count­ing

– BA (Hons) in Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance

– BBA (Hons) in Fi­nance Stu­dents can com­plete the Di­ploma in Ac­count­ing in two years and de­gree pro­grammes in three years. Grad­u­ates can get ex­emp­tions from pro­fes­sional bod­ies such as the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Ac­coun­tants (CIMA), As­so­ci­a­tion of Char­tered Cer­ti­fied Ac­coun­tants (ACCA), In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants in Eng­land and Wales (ICAEW) and Malaysian Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning Coun­cil (MFPC).

School of Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance head Dr Nor­wa­zli Ab­dul Wa­hab com­mented that ac­count­ing and fi­nance are the crit­i­cal build­ing blocks in the busi­ness world, “All busi­nesses re­quire em­ploy­ees who have sound ac­count­ing or fi­nance knowl­edge.

The top four au­dit­ing firms hire our out­stand­ing grad­u­ates in a wink.”

Ba­sic en­try re­quire­ments

For stu­dents who have just com­pleted their SPM or UEC, the ba­sic en­try re­quire­ments for the Di­ploma in Ac­count­ing are:

– SPM/O-Level: 3Cs in­clud­ing Math­e­mat­ics and Pass in English

– UEC: 3Bs in­clud­ing Math­e­mat­ics and Pass in English.

“The learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment at Ni­lai Univer­sity is multi-faceted. Stu­dents will need to ful­fil three co-cur­ricu­lum projects dur­ing their first year. We would mo­ti­vate stu­dents to think out of the box and cul­ti­vate the right skills to im­ple­ment their ideas log­i­cally. Also, I would re­lent­lessly re­mind them to metic­u­lously check their work. We want to in­stil in them the virtues of in­tegrity and ac­count­abil­ity,” men­tioned Dr Nor­wa­zli.

Con­ducive study en­vi­ron­ment

“I wanted to be close to home,” con­fessed Pav­i­h­tra , who is from Ni­lai, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, while her var­sity mates, Tan and Seh pre­ferred the quiet and bliss­ful en­vi­ron­ment at the univer­sity.

“I vis­ited an­other univer­sity be­fore en­rolling for the foun­da­tion pro­gramme here. As I sat in for the in­ter­view, I could hear the hus­tle and bus­tle of city streets. I didn’t think the en­vi­ron­ment was suit­able to fo­cus on my stud­ies,” clar­i­fied Tan.

Coin­ci­dently, Seh’s mother was brows­ing through the news­pa­pers and no­ticed an ad­ver­tise­ment on Ni­lai Univer­sity. When he vis­ited Ni­lai Univer­sity’s cam­pus, he was im­pressed with the pleas­ant learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, sur­rounded by lush green­ery.

Schol­ar­ships of­fered in 2020

Ni­lai Univer­sity pro­vides six types of schol­ar­ships for de­serv­ing stu­dents. There are a few types for stu­dents with dif­fer­ent tal­ents. Those gifted in their stud­ies could opt for the High Achiev­ers Schol­ar­ship or the Merit Schol­ar­ship.

Other stu­dents en­trusted with lead­er­ship roles or those gifted in sports could ap­ply for the ECSEA or EFL awards. Stu­dents can en­joy up to 100% tu­ition fee waiver if of­fered.

■ To en­quire about these schol­ar­ships, con­tact the ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lors at 06-850 2308 for an ap­point­ment or email mar­ket­[email protected] ni­lai.edu.my or visit Ni­lai Univer­sity’s Face­book page at

https://www.face­book.com/Ni­laiUniver­sity/ or web­site at

www.ni­lai.edu.my

In­takes are open in Jan­uary and March. En­quire to­day to learn more about the School of Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance.

(From left) Tan, seh, dr Nor­wa­zli and Pav­i­h­tra learn­ing ac­count­ing terms through a friendly game of scrab­ble.

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