28 Nov 2004
Publication: New Sunday Times
IF you are unsure which degree or subject to take, you may consider
obtaining a professional qualification that is recognised worldwide.
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM), formerly known as Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran
MARA offers two top professional programmes, which enable participants who
fulfil the criteria to become members of the Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and
KPTM has good record in the ACCA programme. A few of its students have
achieved world and top national ranking in ACCA examinations.
For instance, two students secured first place in the Financial
Reporting and Audit and Internal Review paper in 2003.
Earlier, one student gained recognition by being among the world's top
10 performers in the Accounting and Audit Practice paper in 2001.
Also five students have been sent annually (2001-2004) to the Dublin
Business School, Ireland to further their studies in the ACCA programme
under Mara's Excellent Student Scheme.
Realising the importance of these global professional qualifications,
KPTM has started a fast-track programme for the ACCA and ICSA.
Under the ACCA programme, KPTM offers the ACCA Certified Accounting
Technician (CAT), while the Matriculation Institute of Chartered
Secretaries and Administrators serves as the foundation for ICSA.
The entry requirements for CAT are five credits in SPM or equivalent
qualifications recognised by the Government. CAT graduates are eligible
for exemption for part one of the ACCA programme.
This one-and- a-half-year CAT programme provides direct access for SPM
leavers to the ACCA programme.
KPTM has been registered with ACCA United Kingdom and ICSA United
Kingdom as the tuition provider, and KPTM has also been granted the status
of "registered" tuition provider for the ACCA programme.
Graduates of these programmes, can be employed in many sectors including
commerce, financial services, trade associations, professional bodies and
With these professional qualifications, one can "master" business,
financial management and strategy skills.
Also, those who choose a professional programme at KPTM can aim for the
highest academic standards in the chosen subjects.
KPTM is also known for its local and expatriate teaching staff, and
Additionally, KPTM Kuala Lumpur is well located and is near the LRT
Pandan Jaya station.
The college also provides free counseling and all students are assigned
a personal mentor or tutor.
Registration for the CAT, ICSA Matriculation and ICSA Foundation
programmes for the January intake is open.
For details, call 03-92856033/92819700; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. my; or log
on to: www.kptm.edu.my