IT is no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed how we live the world over. While we adjust to the new normal, students who received their SPM results are to answer the same questions as many of us have before: “Now that SPM is over, what’s next?”
Students with the propensity for numbers, however, might take solace to discover that the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has launched its foundation in accountancy (FIA) campaign entitled FIA-1-Million.
This bursary programme in partnership with 17 top learning institutions in the country – dubbed the approved learning partners (ALP) – would offer sponsorship grants of up to RM1mil to support the educational pursuits of successful candidates.
Some one thousand Malaysia students, either secondary school-leavers or graduates from
non-accounting professions, would be given the chance at pursuing a successful career in accounting and finance.
Furthermore, as a profession that is currently underserved in the market, according to ACCA Maritime South-East Asia head Edward Ling, this effort strengthens the profession while simultaneously adding to nation-building.
“In order to meet our country’s aspiration of developing 60,000 accountants to support our transformation into a developed nation, we need to work together with our partners.
“This includes the education and government sectors as well as employers to look into new ways of developing and increasing the number of students embarking on the profession which we have identified as necessary for Malaysia’s growth,” he said.
Level up with skills
According to the latest ACCA and IMA Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS), the global economy is bouncing back in terms of confidence, orders, employment and spending.
“In anticipation of potential growth opportunities, we must focus on developing our youth as highly skilled talents,” said Ling.
As a leading professional body that has been developing professional accountants for over 117 years, ACCA students would develop valuable skills like good financial management and business decision-making skills, as well as sustainability and ethics awareness.
Students trained in accountancy could look forward to a myriad of roles from entrepreneurship and investments, to social enterprises and charity organisations and all the way up the corporate ladder to chief financial officer (CFO) or chief executive officer (CEO).
Pursuing a globally recognised qualification
Students who have just completed their SPM examinations and interested in pursuing a career in accounting and finance are encouraged to find out more about the ACCA FIA-1-Million Bursary Programme from now to Dec 31, 2021 at their chosen ALP.
The ACCA ALP platinum partners include Imperium International College, INTEC Education College, Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Sentral College Penang, Sunway College Ipoh, Sunway College Johor Baru, Sunway College Kuching, Sunway TES and UOW Malaysia KDU.
Meanwhile, the ACCA ALP gold partners are Crescendo International College, Kompas International College, Institut Akauntan KTC Johor Baru, Institut Sinaran, Methodist Pilley Institute, Pintar College, Taylor’s College and YES International College.
For more information about the ACCA Foundation in Accountancy (FIA), visit www.accaglobal.com/my/en/student/FIA.html or contact the approved learning partners listed to apply for the RM1mil bursary.