Taylor’s ACCA programme receives gold status
TO make sound business decisions, the counsel of a professional accountant is invaluable.
A good accountant is one who is ethical and diplomatic with well-developed people skills that enable him to foster a good rapport and bond of trust with clients. He uses integrity to foster a respectful and collaborative environment, which is an important component in helping clients make good business decision.
To this end, producing accountants who are capable and professional in their work begins with giving aspiring accountants a strong foundation right from the start of their education. Therefore, it is important to choose carefully to ensure you get the best education.
One such course that prepares aspiring accountants for a bright future is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) programme at Taylor’s College, which added a feather to its cap recently when it received the Gold Approved Learning Partner status from ACCA.
“The Gold status is a recognition of quality learning provision and support we give to our ACCA students, ” said Jason Lo, Taylor’s College head of School of Professional Studies.
He added that the status was awarded based on the programme’s sterling track performance with regards to student passing and progression rate, lecturers’ qualifications, and blended learning infrastructure and support.
“ACCA papers are a challenge for most, and the global average pass rate is usually around 50%. However, we’re thankful that with very dedicated and experienced lecturers and a conducive e-learning environment, we have managed to achieve a pass rate well above the global average, ” said Lo.
Lo added that the recent movement control order did not adversely affect lecturers and students thanks to online learning technologies such as ReWIND, a lecture capture system that enables student to view recorded lectures anytime, anywhere, as well as live streaming technology that allows students to learn from home.
“Classes were recorded and posted on TIMES portal, and our lecturers were available in the event we did not understand certain topics and needed further guidance, ” said ACCA student Lim Dhi Ren.
“This was extremely helpful to those of us who were working during the MCO, and we could adjust our study schedule accordingly.”
Lim highlighted that the lecturers went “above and beyond” in helping him and other students understand concepts and in providing advice and career exposure.
“As someone with a full-time job, after attending classes at night, my weekends are usually spent on revision. Even on weekends, my lecturers were willing to attend to any queries and sometimes even re-teach certain topics which I had trouble understanding, ” he said.
He believes such personalised attention is possible because of the small class size.
“I feel that the teaching materials are delivered efficiently, and this is as close that I can get to a private tutor, ” he added.
Taylor’s College campus director Josephine Tan pointed out that students who opt to do their ACCA and Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) programmes at Taylor’s would be able to gain mentorship and tutelage from highly knowledgeable lecturers, all of whom have industry experience, are professionally qualified and are Master degree holders.
“Our excellent achievements over the past 50 years as a college speaks for itself, as we have engaged some of the best academics to benefit our students, ” she said.
Tan added that due to the advent of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and shifting demands in the workplace, the College is always reforming its curriculum to meet the needs of the industry.
“We see the need to equip accounting students with human-centred characteristics like critical thinking, people management, emotional intelligence, negotiation, resilience, cognitive flexibility, lifelong knowledge production among others.
“Therefore, life skills is one of our compulsory modules so that students will be able to better adapt to technological changes upon entry into the workforce, ” she said.
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