ACCA welcomes senior Chinese accountancy educators to Dublin
10 July 2012
ACCA Ireland is today welcoming to Dublin a delegation of 22 programme directors, professors and lecturers from 13 of the top Chinese Universities with a student population of 363,000.
The Chinese delegation is visiting Ireland as part of a study trip, the main aim of which is to allow ACCA’s platinum tuition providers in Ireland – BPP, Dublin Business School, Griffith College and Independent Colleges showcase their teaching methods and share their knowledge and experience of teaching both Irish and international students. The visit opens up the potential for Irish lecturers to travel to China to work with local lecturers and students.
Liz Hughes, Head of ACCA Ireland said: “Improving education links between Ireland and China was identified by the Taoiseach as a priority during his recent trade visit to China. The visit of the Chinese Universities today highlights the growing importance of the relationship between the Irish and Chinese economies and the potential for increased investment and economic co-operation in key sectors such as education and financial services.”
Ireland is recognised as a centre of excellence in the tuition of the ACCA qualification. ACCA has a total of 89 Platinum approved learning partners in 170 countries worldwide and five of these are located in Ireland. ACCA Platinum approved learning partners are required to meet or exceed worldwide ACCA pass rates for at least 75% of the papers taught per session.
The event will be hosted in the PwC offices on Spencer Dock.
The visit is a good fit for PwC Ireland since the launch of their China Practice in Dublin earlier this year in response to increased opportunities for doing business with China. The PwC Irish China Practice is led by Andrew O’Callaghan and includes some 30 Mandarin speaking business and tax professionals. Speaking at the event, Andrew O’Callaghan said: “This is a super initiative by ACCA Ireland. Furthering educational prospects for our young people and fostering linkages with countries such as China is key to Ireland’s recovery. As one of Ireland’s largest employers of graduates, having training and education is at the core of our business, PwC also runs Mandarin classes every week for its Irish people to learn the local language.”
There is an opportunity here today to promote and support the working partnerships between the Irish and Chinese universities teaching ACCA courses. ACCA is happy to facilitate these partnerships and to help promote Ireland’s potential as a gateway to the European market for Chinese business.