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M’sians beat peers to come out tops in global accountancy exam

TWO Malaysian students have been named top scorers in an internationally-recognised chartered accountancy exam.

They beat 7,000 other candidates from around the world in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Chartered Accountant (ICAEW ACA) exam.

The ICAEW ACA provides students with a combination of finance knowledge, accountancy skills and real-world business experience, and is valued around the world in business, practice and the public sector.

In the Professional Level exams, Rebecca Wong Shin Ai received the Simon Morris Memorial Prize for achieving the highest average score among non-graduate students who started the accountancy programme immediately after secondary school.

She was also awarded the Arthur Swinson Prize for coming in sixth among all students globally who have completed the ICAEW Professional Level.

Meanwhile, Leong Kher Huey was awarded the Watts Prize for the highest score among those who sat for the ICAEW Professional Level Audit and Assurance exam.

To date, Malaysia has produced more ICAEW prize winners than any other country outside the United Kingdom.

ICAEW Malaysia head Loh Wei Yuen said training for the ACA is a rigorous but rewarding process as it equips graduates with the knowledge and skills for business, finance and accountancy which are transferable across a number of industries.

“Seeing more and more students start the qualification early after secondary school is encouraging because this will enable them to focus on their studies and gain employment at a young age.

“Starting the qualification early also improves their chances of being hired at world-class firms. These two students winning the world prizes is a good representation of what hard work and dedication can achieve, ” she said.

Wong, 21, recently joined Ernst and Young (EY) Malaysia’s assurance and audit department. She began working towards her ICAEW Chartered Accountancy qualification at Sunway TES after completing her A-Levels at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur.

She attributes her employment to the knowledge acquired from ICAEW modules, which cover a wide range of subjects, giving her a holistic view of the industry. Leong is a final year student pursuing the Bachelor of Accounting at Universiti Malaya. She will be starting an internship at EY later this year.

Determined to complete the ICAEW ACA exam sooner, she attended classes at Sunway TES while studying for her accounting degree.

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