In the ever-shifting landscape of the job market, the significance of acquiring a globally recognised certification cannot be overstated. One such standout certification in the realm of accounting and finance is offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), providing a clear trajectory towards career advancement and professional success.
As an educator with a foundation in ACCA and the esteemed Oxford Brookes University (OBU), my professional journey commenced with the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification, seamlessly integrated into the ACCA Foundations in Accountancy (FIA). Over the last two years, my commitment has been directed towards actively teaching Level 1 ACCA courses, with an impending third year of involvement with ACCA FIA.
Recognising the paramount role of technology in today’s educational landscape, I employ a diverse array of tools including PDF documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and the online BPP platform to deliver lectures that are both comprehensive and engaging. Additionally, the utilisation of ACCA past years’ papers, readily available on their website, enhances the learning experience.
The continued relevance of ACCA in today’s dynamic world can be attributed to its adaptability and global recognition. As industries undergo transformation in response to technological advancements and evolving regulatory frameworks, ACCA ensures that professionals are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate these changes adeptly.
Moreover, infusing practicality into theoretical concepts, I enrich lectures with real-world examples drawn from industry trends, case studies, and excerpts from reputable publications. This approach provides students with a deeper understanding of the subject matter, supplementing theoretical knowledge with practical insights. ACCA’s emphasis on professional development, ethical conduct, and global recognition significantly enhances an individual’s employability. In comparison to other accounting certifications, ACCA’s international reach and curriculum often open doors to a broader spectrum of opportunities globally.
ACCA’s unwavering commitment to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) underscores its dedication to maintaining professional standards and relevance. The emphasis on lifelong learning through CPD ensures that ACCA professionals stay abreast of industry developments, reinforcing the enduring value of the qualification.
Choosing to evolve and embrace change is akin to granting oneself a second chance at success. In today’s competitive landscape, refusing to learn and evolve can lead to professional irrelevance. The ACCA qualification stands as a testament to dedication, expertise, and adaptability in the dynamic landscape of accounting and finance. Its global recognition and commitment to ongoing professional development make it an invaluable asset for individuals aspiring to excel in their careers.
ACCA in MCKL
MCKL offers two different pathways for an accounting accreditation. First is the ACCA Foundation in Accountancy (FIA) and ACCA Qualifications.
ACCA FIA is designed for students who seek to pursue accountancy. It is t It gives them a solid head start in accounting and business, and it equips them with all the necessary technical skills and knowledge required to further pursue the ACCA qualifications. Upon completion of this programme, students will be eligible to gain exemptions on certain papers from the ACCA Qualification and be one step closer to professional status.
Another accreditation is the ACCA Qualification. This programme is designed to equip students with in-depth knowledge, techniques, and skills in all accounting areas, including financial accounting, assurance, taxation, and financial management. Upon successful completion of this programme with relevant practical experience, students will be able to apply and integrate the knowledge of financial accounting, management accounting, audit and assurance, taxation, business management, information technology, corporate law, governance, and ethics into the current business environment.
MCKL is also proud to produce notable, high achieving alumni. Ang Guo Weng was ranked third in Malaysia in December 2021 and Ganapathi Murugappan, was the World Prize Winner for FTX (MYS) while completing his Foundation in Taxation in December 2021.
The ACCA journey is not just a pursuit of certification; it is a commitment to continuous learning, professional growth, and staying ahead in an ever-evolving professional landscape.
The ACCA Lecturers of MCKL
- Mr Chew Kah Seng – the Programme Leader of Accounting Programmes of MCKL.
He is a Chartered Accountant (C.A.(M)) of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), a Certified Practicing Accountant of Australia (CPA Aust.) and ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountant (ASEAN CPA). As a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Mr Chew is recognised as a Chartered Secretary (CS) and Chartered Governance Professional (CGP). He is currently licensed as a practicing accountant by the MIA and as a practicing secretary by the Company Commission of Malaysia. Mr Chew holds an MSc Degree in Finance & Investment from the University of Nottingham under the scholarship by the University. He is proficient in excel financial modeling techniques and has successfully completed the Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM) and Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) exams. Additionally, he holds certification as a Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA). Commencing his career in the secretarial division of one of the Big 4 accounting firms, Mr Chew transitioned into entrepreneurship, accumulating substantial experience in operations and financial management within the manufacturing sector. He also possesses significant expertise in audit, corporate, and financial advisory, with exposure to regional contexts in Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Currently, Mr Chew imparts his knowledge by teaching financial management, performance management, and other accounting and finance-related topics.
- Ryan Pararaja Abraham – Accounting Lecturer
Mr Ryan is currently the lecturer in ACCA FIA and ACCA. He entered the world of education nearly three years ago at the time where the online and hybrid modes challenged his role as an educator. He has immense satisfaction in shaping the next generation of accounting professionals. As a fresh graduate from ACCA, he got to teach students by creating engaging learning environments and encourages continuous learning. One of his favourite lessons is “Wealth may wield influence, yet life’s essence transcends mere affluence”. His area of expertise is Financial Technology.
Qualifications: Cambridge Assessment International Education; Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Oxford Brookes University; BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting. Methodist College Kuala Lumpur; Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Qualification