CUHK Business School in Partnership with CPA Australia to Equip Talents and Present Foundation Exam Awards and Distinction Award

In Dec 2021, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School and CPA Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) pledging to leverage their strengths and create mutual benefits through co-efforts in research, thought leadership event collaboration, educational offer, sponsorship, scholarship, talent development and training, career and recruitment support. Recently, three students from Business School were awarded Foundation Exam Awards and Distinction Award by CPA Australia.

Through the provision of various financial support and professional opportunities for CUHK Business School students and CPA Australia’s members, this academic and corporate partnership aims to nurture first-class leaders with an across-the-board view on business to serve the needs of today’s economy.

Prof. Lin Zhou, Dean of CUHK Business School expressed, “CUHK Business School holds on to the mission to develop future leaders who embrace a global perspective and are equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities around the world. We are honoured to partner with CPA Australia to capitalise on the strengths of the two sides for the benefit of our students and CPA Australia’s members.”

Deborah Leung FCPA (Aust.), Executive General Manager of International, CPA Australia shared, “As one of the world’s largest accounting bodies – CPA Australia’s goal is to prepare our members for today and tomorrow in this globally connected world. We have a trusted relationship with the CUHK Business School, as we share the same vision of equipping future leaders with a global perspective. CPA Australia is honoured to work with CUHK Business School on providing a number of exclusive offers for members and students who wish to pursue programmes in CUHK Business School and CPA Australia.”

Under the MoU, CUHK Business School provides a 10% tuition fee discount to applicants who are Certified Practising Accountant [CPA (Aust.)] and Fellow [FCPA (Aust.)] and successfully enrolled into CUHK Business School MBA Programme. The School also provides HK$60,000 Association Linked Award to applicants who are CPA and FCPA and admitted into CUHK EMBA Programme.

Reciprocally, CPA Australia offers exam fee waiver and learning support to Foundation Exam Award and Distinction Award recipients from CUHK Business School Undergraduate and MSc in Management (MiM) Programmes. CUHK MBA and EMBA students with relevant work experience in accounting and finance will be eligible for exemptions of subjects from the CPA Programme and enjoy a fast-track pathway to attain the globally recognised CPA designation.

This year, two undergraduate students, Michelle Mei-suet Lam (IBBA, Year 3) and Daniel Peng-chong Zhang (IBBA, Year 5) were awarded the Foundation Exam Awards. One postgraduate student Jeff Ka-tsun Hui who was admitted to MiM programme in 2021 received the Distinction Award with direct admission to CPA Programme.

At the virtual award ceremony on 1 March, three Business School students, Michelle (upper left), Jeff (upper middle) and Daniel (upper right) received the awards from Ms. Cora Cheung (bottom left), Senior Business Development Manager and Ms. Alicia Xiao (bottom right), Business Development Manager of CPA Australia.

Daniel Peng-chong Zhang (IBBA, Year 5) shared, “I am delighted to receive the Foundation Exam Awards from CPA Australia. Nowadays, companies prefer candidates with a solid accounting basis. Pursuing a CPA certificate would be an extra advantage for me to explore my future career in the investment research area.”

Michelle Mei-suet Lam (IBBA, Year 3) said, “It was an honour to receive the CPA Australia Foundation Exam Award. Since I am not an accountant student, it was a great opportunity for me to equip myself in advance by taking some of the accounting exams. The CPA qualification would be an advantage for future employment. Besides, the staff from CPA helped me a lot. They offered suggestions in prioritising the courses that I should take and helped me with the application especially when I was abroad for exchange. I truly appreciated their efficiency and kindness.”

Jeff Ka-tsun Hui (MiM) said, “I am grateful to receive the Distinction Award from CPA Australia. I believe it will help me a lot in the future no matter if I decide to become an accountant or start up a business. This award allows me to take a step further and to succeed in vigorous competition.”