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Top 10 Reasons to Study Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University (APU) Malaysia

Find Out Why You Should Choose to Study Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University (APU)

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The Accounting and Finance programmes at Asia Pacific University is an excellent springboard from which to launch a professional career in accountancy or to pursue further study. It is well established, and is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of accounting and related subjects.

Students on the course have the flexibility of developing and building their specialist knowledge within an Accounting and Finance context whether in industry or public service. The award covers an in-depth knowledge of the core areas for those intending to move into the Accounting profession as well as those specialised areas such as tax, forensic and investment.

The Accounting and Finance degree programme at Asia Pacific University also includes an option for students to undergo an industrial internship programme which will equip them with practical employment skills.

In addition, APU’s Accounting and Finance degree programmes are designed to provide you an edge with the latest technologies that are in line with the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Furthermore, with so many public and private universities in Malaysia offering the accounting & finance degree courses and thousands of students graduating each year, how do you set yourself apart from the rest in the competitive world of accounting & finance? I have come up with 10 of the best reasons on why choosing APU for your education in accounting & finance will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career.

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Top Ten Reasons on Why You Should Study Accounting & Finance at Malaysia’s Award-Winning Asia Pacific University (APU)

"I met up with EduSpiral about 4 times in Ipoh & at Asia Pacific University to discuss about my future. He provided me with in-depth information and even arranged for me to meet up with the Head of School at APU to talk to me." Kar Jun (Left), Accounting graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

“I met up with EduSpiral about 4 times in Ipoh & at Asia Pacific University to discuss about my future. He provided me with in-depth information and even arranged for me to meet up with the Head of School at APU to talk to me.”
Kar Jun (Left), Accounting graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

Thousands of accounting & finance graduates come out each year from Malaysia’s public and private universities, entering into the workforce. Additionally, technology has replaced many jobs & job functions making it imperative for graduates to be equipped with the skills for jobs of the future. The right university will be able to enhance your abilities in order to handle the challenges in working, communicating and managing in the era of Industrial Revolution (INR) 4.0.

THE Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) is changing how we live, work and communicate.

With this development that focuses heavily on interconnectivity, automation and real-time data, intelligent technologies are rapidly transforming almost every facet of our life.

Cash is no longer king, as banknotes are now being replaced by digital currencies, while e-wallets and digital payments are the new forms of payment.

These transformations are spurred by the application of financial technology (FinTech) which embodies IR4.0 technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.

FinTech has risen to challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic by delivering digital, secure, seamless user experiences.

Research conducted by the University of Oxford found that accountants have a 95% chance of being impacted by AI technologies.

This phenomenon also signifies that accounting and finance professionals have to embrace rapid transformation and adapt to technological advancements.

There is a need to be equipped with the strategic knowledge and technical skills for them to stay through new job roles such as FinTech specialists and business data analysts within the industry.

In the National Policy on Industry 4.0, FinTech is listed as one of the areas that require talents, and this need has been further fuelled by the Government’s plan to transform the country’s digital economy.

Apart from the Government encouraging the masses to use e-wallets through the e-Tunai Rakyat under Budget 2020, Bank Negara announced in 2018 its plans to issue up to five licences for the operations of digital banking within the country to encourage industry players of the financial sector to put innovative technologies into use.

Hence, the need for talents in FinTech who possess the essential financial fundamental knowledge as well as the ability to apply technological know-hows in traditional financial services has become even more critical.

The APU advantage – infusing IR4.0 into Programmes

As one of Malaysia’s highest rated Premier Digital Tech Universities that established its own IR4.0 strategy, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) has formed an ecosystem that facilitates the delivery of IR4.0-relevant programmes infusing the following technologies:

Under the IR4.0 strategy, APU has established an ecosystem that facilitates the delivery of IR4.0-relevant programmes infusing these technologies.

As part of this ecosystem, FinTech education is integrated into the accounting, banking and finance disciplines, powered by concepts and applications of blockchain technology, Robo advisory, FinTech governance and risk management, digital currencies and cryptocurrencies and crowdfunding.

All students under APU’s accounting, banking and finance programmes are exposed to the essentials of FinTech through specially-designed FinTech modules, to ensure that they are not alienated by the rapid transformation happening around the financial sector when they graduate.

Why You Should Study Accounting & Finance at APU

“I met EduSpiral after SPM and obtained a lot of information & good advise. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree.” Julian Hum, Graduated in Accounting from Asia Pacific University (APU).

“I met EduSpiral after SPM and obtained a lot of information & good advise. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree.”
Julian Hum, Graduated in Accounting from Asia Pacific University (APU).

Here are 10 reasons why Asia Pacific University (APU) is one of the best choices for your accounting & finance education.

  1. Powered by FinTech – All Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance Programme comprise modules in Financial Technology (FinTech). At APU, FinTech education is integrated into the accounting, banking and finance disciplines, powered by concepts and applications of blockchain technology, Robo advisory, FinTech governance and risk management, digital currencies as well as cryptocurrencies and crowdfunding.
  2. A Wide Range of Specialisations
  3. ACCA Accelerate Programme
    • Asia Pacific University (APU) is one of the few selected universities to join the ACCA Accelerate Scheme. This special arrangement between ACCA and APU gives an opportunity for students to register early with ACCA and accelerate their career in accounting and finance.Under the ACCA Accelerate Programme, accounting degree students at top private universities in Malaysia would be able to start their ACCA studies at the Professional level (i.e. begin THE FINAL 5 PAPERS of ACCA) during their studies in beginning at Year 3 of their degree programme. After completing Year 2 of the Degree course, students have a maximum exemption of nine papers in the Fundamental Level. Therefore, students need not wait till after their graduation to start on the Final 5 ACCA papers. Hence, this is a significant time and cost savings for students.In the Accelerate programme at top universities in Malaysia with this arrangement, eligible students will enjoy benefits such as reduced initial registration fee, free annual subscription fee for 2 years upon graduation, deferment of exemption fees up to 2 years upon graduation and many more. They will also have access to the global ACCA community to provide practical assistance with their studies and future career.
  4. Exemptions from top Professional Accounting Bodies
    • Upon completion of Accounting & Finance degree programme at APU, students are eligible for exemptions in the below Professional Accounting Bodies. Students who articulate from the APU Diploma Programme will be granted exemptions based on the prevalent policy of the relevant professional bodies.
      • ACCA – 9 papers exemptions out of 13 papers
      • CIMA – 6 papers exemptions out of 16 papers
      • CPA – 6 papers exemptions out of 12 papers
      • ICAEW – 8 papers exemptions out of 15 papers
      • CTIM – 5-6 papers exemptions out of 8 papers
      • MAICSA – 12 papers exemptions out of 16 papers
  5. APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme
    • APU’s partnership with De Montfort University (DMU), UK enables students to be awarded Dual Awards – separate degree certificates from each institution – and enhances not just teaching and learning experiences, but also career prospects.
    • Upon graduation, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts: 1 from APU, Malaysia and 1 from DMU, UK.
      Both degrees are recognised locally & internationally.
    • The APU-DMU Dual Degree Programmes are offered under an approved collaboration in accordance with the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in Higher Education as published by the United Kingdom Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
  6. 100% Employability Rate in Malaysia
    • According to the latest Graduate Tracer Study 2018 by Ministry of Education Malaysia, 100% of APU graduates are employed by graduation. This is not just a number, but a significant symbol of APU’s success and pride in nurturing professionals for global careers.
  7. All of APU’s Accounting & Finance courses are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) therefore students may apply for the PTPTN Loan for their studies.
  8. APU – Rated No. 1 in Asia and Malaysia for MULTICULTURAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE(*Student Barometer Wave 2017, ‘Studying with people from other cultures’)
    • APU has a globalised student environment where Malaysian students can gain invaluable cultural insights as well as improve their spoken English.
    • Nurturing Professional for Global Careers – The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities, and is where a unique fusion of technology, innovation and creativity works effectively towards preparing professional graduates for significant roles in business and society globally. APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at international and international levels.
  9. Soaring Upwards – APU awarded 5-STAR Excellent Rating at SETARA 2017​
    • APU was announced as among the Highest Rated Emerging Universities in Malaysia, being rated at 5-STAR (EXCELLENT Rating) under the SETARA 2017 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). APU has maintained this Excellent Rating in the SETARA 2011, 2013 and now in 2017. SETARA 2017 5-Star Rating was presented by the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia.
  10. 5-STARS for APU at QS Stars Rating 2017
    • Asia Pacific University (APU) received international recognition by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in 2017 with APU being awarded 5-Star in four categories of the QS Stars Rating – Teaching, Employability, Facilities and Inclusiveness. The QS Stars rating measures achievements of universities worldwide.
    • QS Stars is a international rating system which allows students to better understand an institution’s qualities, looking at everything from the employability of graduates, to sports facilities and community engagement.

Education Pathway into APU’s Accounting & Finance Degree Programme

Diploma in Accounting Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and took us around for a campus tour.
Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

Students after SPM or IGCSE O-Levels with at least 5 credits including Maths and English may enter the 1-year Foundation in Business & Finance before continuing on to the 3-year degree programme.

Alternatively, students with at least 3 credits in SPM or IGCSE O-Levels or UEC may join the 2-year Diploma in Accounting and upon completion, enter into Year 2 of the Accounting & Finance degree programme.

Students who have completed a Pre-University Programme such as STPM, UEC, A-Levels, CIMP, AUSMAT, SACEi, MUFY, or others may enter directly into the degree programme upon meeting the relevant entry requirements.

Students may join the following degree programmes at APU:

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS

Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University (APU)

EduSpiral emphasised the importance of having good English for our future career. I am glad to join a globalised university which has helped me to improve my communication skills.
Vincent Yeoh, Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University (APU)

APU has been leading the way for its graduates in Professional recognition and exemptions in the areas of Accounting, Banking, Finance and Actuarial Studies. These are valuable not only for moving your career as a full-time professional forward but also for expanding your skills and expertise to become a more well-rounded employee. These recognitions help you become a more desirable job candidate or employee, one who can command a higher salary.

Upon completion of BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance (with a specialism in Forensic Accounting), students are eligible for exemptions in the below Professional Accounting Bodies. Students who articulate from the APU Diploma Programme will be granted exemptions based on the prevalent policy of the relevant professional bodies.

As a reward for their excellence, ACCA, TraTax and CPA will be awarding the best students of Accounting and Finance programmes with a Book Prize.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)*
(9 papers exemptions out of 13 papers)
Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a maximum 9-paper exemption at the Fundamental level, out of the total 13 papers in Professional Accountancy qualification. ACCA does not provide exemptions at the Professional Level. However, as part of the collaborative efforts between APU and ACCA, students may also opt to go for the APU ACCA Accelerate Scheme.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Australia**
(6 papers exemptions out of 12 papers)
Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 6-paper exemption out of the 12 papers from CPA Australia. Under the CPA Australia Fast Track Scheme, students may have the option to attain the CPA professional qualification, as part of the collaborative efforts between APU and CPA.
The Institute of Certified Management Accountant

The ICMA (Australia) grant accreditation to the BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance Graduates as having satisfied the examination requirements of its 16-subject Graduate Programme. Such students will be automatically eligible to take out Graduate membership of the ICMA. and use the post-nominals GMA (Graduate Management Accountant).

The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAISCA)
(12 papers exemptions out of 16 papers)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 12-paper exemption out of 16 papers from MAISCA.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
(8 papers exemptions out of 15 papers)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to an 8-paper exemption out of 15 papers from ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia
(5-6 papers exemptions out of 8 papers)
Students who graduate from the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Taxation will be entitled to a 6-paper exemption out of 8 papers from CTIM. Students who are undergoing other specialisms of BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance are entitled to a 5-paper exemption out of 8 papers from CTIM.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
(6 papers exemptions out of 16 papers)

Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 6-paper exemption out of 16 papers from CIMA.
Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS)
Upon completion of our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance programmes, students are entitled to a 12-paper exemption out of 16 papers from MACS – Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries.
Financial Planning Association of Malaysia

Student who have completed the BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance are entitled take module 1 CFP Certification Examination after attending 40 hours lectures instead of 60 hours of lectures.

*APU ACCA Accelerate Scheme

Currently, students who graduate from Accounting & Finance programmes are entitled to a 9-paper exemption from ACCA. Under this scheme, students have the option to complete the remaining 4 ACCA papers simultaneously with their degree programme.
**CPA Australia Fast Track Scheme

Currently, students who graduate from Accounting & Finance programmes are entitled to the full-6-paper exemptions from CPA Foundation Programme. Under this scheme, students have the option to complete the Ethics and Governance module at the Professional level simultaneously with their degree programme, and complete the remaining 5 CPA papers after completing their degree in Accounting & Finance.

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