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MIA and UNIRAZAK Join Forces To Offer Members Opportunity To Pursue Post Graduate Studies

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Cooperation: MIA President, Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad (second from right) receiving a memento from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak President & Vice Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr. Md. Zabid Abdul Rashid after the MoU signing ceremony in UNIRAZAK Campus at Caps Square in Kuala Lumpur. MIA and UNIRAZAK are joining forces to offer MIA Members opportunity to pursue MBA Leadership Programme offered by the University. Looking on is MIA Head of Professional Development Centre, G. Shan and UNIRAZAK Acting Director, Centre for Executive Education, Assoc. Prof Dr. Pua Eng Teck.

Kuala Lumpur, 24 April 2012 – The Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) today signed a Memorandum pact to facilitate post graduate studies to MIA members who are interested to pursue MBA Leadership Programme offered by the University.

The program which is facilitated by UNIRAZAK Graduate School of Business is developed to provide leading edge thinking in leadership, strategy, innovation and change to all financial and accounting professionals.

“The profession is ever-evolving to meet the demands of the marketplace, especially in these times when financial regulatory requirements are growing in complexity. It is imperative for accounting professionals to keep up to date on the latest developments in the profession and acquire the relevant skill sets. With UNIRAZAK, MIA aims to support the sector’s talent development by encouraging MIA members to acquire new skills and competencies.”A skilled talent pool is crucial for the accountancy sector’s development and supports Malaysia’s position as a global financial centre and business hub,” said MIA President, Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad.

MIA President added that the collaboration is also in tandem with the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), – particularly with regulatory reforms, onset of new standards and requirements, emergence of new risk disciplines and the fundamental changes in financial reporting standards – all of which requires accounting and finance professionals to be equipped with new knowledge and skills.

With the mounting challenges of managing the finance function within an increasingly multifaceted and globalised accounting and finance sector, the future has therefore become more complex, uncertain, unfamiliar and more ambiguous. As such, the importance of human capital development speaks volumes, especially in order to ensure the effective participation and performance of financial and accounting professionals in this new financial landscape. Indeed, the talent needs to be transformed.

This effort which is first by MIA with higher learning Institution in this country will provide opportunities to MIA members to pursue post graduate studies. As such UNIRAZAK is the beginning of such collaboration.

“UNIRAZAK was identified to start this initiative with MIA because of its position as a highly respected Institution in the field of management and leadership,” said Mohd Nasir.

Besides UNIRAZAK, MIA is in talks with several other universities in Malaysia to explore other strategic collaborations for the benefit of its members as well as to enhance the quality and reliability of financial and accounting professionals in Malaysia.

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Members can refer to the Institute’s website at www.mia.org.my to find out more about the program and conditions for enrolling. Alternatively, they can e-mail to mba@mia.org.my to find out more about the program.