CIMA and TAR UC sign agreement to nurture future business and finance leaders with digital mindsets in Malaysia



Venkkat Ramanan (left), FCMA, CGMA, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, Association of International Certified Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA and Professor Ir. Dr. Lee Szee Wei (right), President, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.


28 September 2022, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) recently signed an agreement with Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) for a remote, digital self-paced learning program namely The CGMA ® Finance Leadership Program that will be available for students who are currently enrolled in its undergraduate and postgraduate business degrees.

The CGMA® Finance Leadership Program enables instant on-line access for aspiring business and finance leaders to learn finance skills to the equivalent of a master's degree. It also provides a new guided learning and assessment route to completing CIMA's CGMA Professional Qualification and earning the CGMA® designation. With the help of real-life case simulators, it teaches a mix of finance, accounting, business, people, leadership and digital skills that are needed to build successful careers.

Venkkat Ramanan, FCMA, CGMA, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA said “TAR UC has been a key partner of CIMA in Malaysia since 1970  and has helped us create a pool of highly qualified business and finance leaders with management accounting knowledge in the country. We are proud to continue to partner with TAR UC for the CGMA® Finance Leadership Program, a complete digital learning platform, and enable a greater number of young talents to become Chartered Global  Management Accountants and CIMA members. With the impact of digitalisation, it is  crucial for future professionals to have strong skillsets and competencies to stay competitive in the modern business world. I believe the CGMA® Finance Leadership  Program is the right tool that students can use to get the relevant skills and mindset to  prepare themselves for the future workforce.”

Professor Ir. Dr. Lee Sze Wei, President, Tunku Abdul Rahman University  College, said, “The new CGMA® Finance Leadership Program is an excellent pathway to study for CIMA’S CGMA Professional Qualification and earn the global  CGMA designation which builds on your existing qualifications and experience. For example, TAR UC’s students enrolled in programmes such as the Bachelor of  Accounting (Honours), Bachelor of Business (Honours) Accounting and Finance and  Master of Accounting and Finance as they will only need to sit the Management Case  Study and Strategic Case Study exams. This is a testament to the quality of our study  programmes, and our ongoing efforts to effectively prepare our students for the world  of work.”

TAR UC students who enrol in the CGMA ®Finance Leadership Program will be eligible to start their CIMA journey alongside their TAR UC studies. The agreement also enables students to sign up to the CGMA® Finance Leadership Program at a  preferential rate. 

On successfully completing the programme and fulfilling the practical experience requirements, students earn CIMA© membership at either the ACMA or FCMA level in addition to the prestigious CGMA® designation, enhancing their career prospects.  CGMA designation holders are in demand from the world’s leading companies and offer a route to a varied and fulfilling career, supporting both national and global economies.

This CGMA® Finance Leadership Program will also connect students and the university with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the  Association), the global accounting organisation formed by CIMA and The American  Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and its global network of 689,000 students, members and engaged professionals.

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Notes to editor

The CGMA ® Finance Leadership Program is immediately available to universities and employers outside of the United  Kingdom.

The CGMA ® Finance Leadership Program was developed by The Association of International Certified Professional  Accountants (the Association), the unified voice of AICPA & CIMA, and has been running initially in the United States. It is now being rolled out in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, and AICPA & CIMA  The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants® (the Association), representing AICPA® &  CIMA®, advances the global accounting and finance profession through its work on behalf of 689,000 AICPA and  CIMA members, students and engaged professionals in 196 countries and territories. Together, we are the worldwide leader on public and management accounting issues through advocacy, support for the CPA license, the CGMA  designation and specialized credentials, professional education and thought leadership. We build trust by empowering our members and engaged professionals with the knowledge and opportunities to be leaders in broadening prosperity for a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

The American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA), the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession,  sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, not-for-profit organizations,  and federal, state and local governments. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination and builds the pipeline of future talent for the public accounting profession. 

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® (CIMA) is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its professional qualification and professional experience requirements to ensure it remains the employer’s choice when recruiting financially trained business leaders.



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