Train digital-ready accounting and finance students

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TODAY’S financial industry is experiencing a shift caused by disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and innovative financial technology-driven financial models (FinTech), which enable rapid financial transactions, data analysis and capture. quick decision.

According to the market leader in integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems Sage in its latest 2020 report, some 51% of accounting professionals believe that technological skills would have the most impact on their profession in the next five to five years. next ten years.

In addition, employers are constantly looking for new talent in accounting and finance with the know-how and knowledge of current trends such as FinTech.

The Asia-Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) offers a comprehensive portfolio of programs that integrate topical topics such as these in the disciplines of accounting, banking, and finance.

Advance transformation journeys

By harnessing the capabilities of industry partners, APU’s Accounting and Finance Education offers industry-relevant courses that are widely accredited and recognized around the world by leading professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Tax Institute Malaysia, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries.

Industry-focused accounting and finance activities provide students with relevant industry exposure even before graduation.

In tune with the FinTech movement on industry, the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) has integrated it into all of its accounting and finance programs.

SAF also offers the Forensic Accounting specialization, which is the first among Malaysian private universities, which prepares accounting graduates with skills to investigate financial fraud or scams.

With a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, future professionals have the opportunity to learn and embark on careers with a specialization in forensic accounting, taxation, forex and investments, internal audit, e-business, banking and finance, investment and management. of risks, actuarial studies and FinTech.

The program provides students with an introduction to the profession and the key activities of a junior internal auditor.The program provides students with an introduction to the profession and the key activities of a junior internal auditor.

Global recognition

In addition, the program will provide students with an introduction to the profession and the key activities of a junior internal auditor.

More recently, APU’s BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialization in Internal Auditing was recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as the first and only university in Malaysia to be included in the program of academic awareness of The IIA’s internal audit.

The IIA program recognizes universities that teach internal audit as a stand-alone internal audit course such as the principles of internal audit or operational audit.

Graduates of the Internal Audit specialization would possess the knowledge and skills to meet the changing needs of the industry and enhance their employability through an audit career in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Digital learning at your own pace

In addition to the IIA’s global program, APU has also signed a memorandum of understanding with CIMA for a new self-paced distance and digital learning program called the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Finance Leadership Program ( FLP).

The CGMA FLP would be available to APU accounting and finance students and is a new path of guided learning and assessment to earn the CIMA professional qualification and earn the CGMA designation.

A major advantage is that they only need to pass three exams – operational level, management level and strategic level – to obtain the CIMA professional qualification.

The ACCA Power of Ethics competition, SAS National FinTech Challenge and Malaysian Financial Planner Award are among the prizes won by APU accounting and finance students.The ACCA Power of Ethics competition, SAS National FinTech Challenge and Malaysian Financial Planner Award are among the prizes won by APU accounting and finance students.

Stay relevant to the industry

Some of the awards won by APU accounting and finance students include the ACCA Power of Ethics competition, the SAS National FinTech Challenge and the Malaysian Financial Planner Award.

“APU’s accounting and finance programs not only impart knowledge in the field, but also produce graduates for a digitally transformed society, who will remain relevant to the demands of the industry.

“The program is not only locally recognized, but also globally certified. APU is the first and only university in Malaysia to feature in The IIA’s University Internal Audit Awareness Program and has the highest combined exemptions (61 in total) of all major professional bodies in the world. accounting, namely ACCA, CIMA, CPA, ICAEW and others, ”said Head of School of Accounting and Finance Prof Dr Nafis Alam.

For more information on the program, visit www.apu.edu.my.

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