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Suffolk Business School and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants announce new partnership

8 Mar 2021 4:00PM

Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the world’s largest body of management accountants, have formed a new partnership to help future accounting and finance professionals develop their skills and enhance their career prospects.

Through this partnership, students for the BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management degree will be automatically registered as CIMA students and have access to CIMA’s extensive range of learning and employability resources. Students will also be able to study for and earn accounting qualifications such as the CIMA accredited Sage Certificate and the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

Upon successful completion of the BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management degree, students will be exempt from sitting the operational and management level exams of the CIMA Professional Qualification. They will get direct entry to the strategic level, the third and final level of the CIMA Professional Qualification and fast-track their way towards earning the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, the most widely held management accounting designation in the world. They will also get the chance to become both a member of CIMA and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants – the unified voice of CIMA and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). This will help students open doors to a vast range of careers in finance and business, from financial analyst to senior finance director and CFO, across the private, public and not-for profit sectors for organisations.

Professor Jagpal, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Entrepreneurship at Suffolk Business School, said, “The partnership with CIMA further strengthens Suffolk Business School’s links with professional bodies and external businesses. Our students will benefit from a partnership that will enhance both their knowledge and skills to adapt to an ever-changing world of work. I very much look forward to the School developing and growing this partnership over the next few years for the benefit of staff, students and the sector.”

This partnership with CIMA is part of Professor Jagpal’s five-year strategic plan to build stronger and deeper links with business and professional bodies, and create an environment for students to learn, grow and enhance their employability.

Paul Turner, Regional Vice President – UK and Ireland at CIMA, added, “This partnership reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting a growing number of young people into the profession and help them build their dream careers despite the current uncertainty. It will help students to build the skills and competencies that are in high demand by employers and thrive in the modern business world.”

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