March. 1st Europe Learning Providers Forum (Kiev. Ukraine)
On March 21, 2011 the First Europe Learning Providers Forum took place in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Forum gathered together representatives of ACCA learning providers, universities and professional bodies from Ukraine, UK, Romania, Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Belarus.
Nataliya Vovchuk, Head of ACCA Ukraine, Baltic and Caucasus states opened the forum with a welcoming speech “Accounting education: Expanding Horizones” and introduced the next speaker Marinos Athanassiou, Managing Director, Ernst & Young Academy of Business (Warsaw) who gave his speech on “How professional education differs from academic education” and told about Polish experience of ACCA & Universities co-operational efforts.
Karen Yates, Head of Education – Europe, ACCA, gave a speech about ACCA’s new flexible suite of entry-level awards - Foundations in Accountancy, designed to meet the needs of both students and employers. ACCA launched the Foundations in Accountancy in January 2011 and it was the first big presentation made for tuition providers, universities and professional bodies in Ukraine as well as Romania, Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, and Greece.
Covered topics were:
Why Foundations in Accountancy is introduced?
What does the new suite of awards look like?
How does FIA articulate with the ACCA Qualification?
How students can progress onto the ACCA Qualification through Foundations in Accountancy?
Foundations in Accountancy which is a new suite of qualifications consists of 4 different awards:
Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
Diploma in Accounting and Business
Certified Accounting Technician Qualification (CAT) - revised and updated
To achieve any of the above mentioned qualifications students also need to complete Foundations in Professionalism - an online, interactive module, designed to help students develop their understanding of what it means to act professionally and ethically in the work they carry out.
Andreia Stanciu, Head of South – Eastern Europe, ACCA, gave a speech on “ACCA Practical Experience Requirement (PER)”.
Among the discussed questions were:
What are the PE Requirements and what should be done?
When are the key dates to be aware of?
How PER can be achieved and how employers and ACCA can support the students?
Jonathan Mbewe, Tuition Support Manager – ACCA HQ, gave a speech on “Approved Learning Partner – student tuition & Toolkit” and introduced:
Approved Learning Partner – student tuition programme launched in September 2007 as a platform to develop a mutually beneficial relationship, increasing the global availability of effective and innovative ACCA course delivery and first class student support
ACCA’s Virtual Learning Centre and a growing number of resources that are being made available to support learning providers around the world.
During the Forum the attendees depending on their interests had an opportunity to join any of two workshops:
Workshop 1. Technical issues of ACCA papers. Moderator - Jonathan Mbewe, Tuition Support Manager – ACCA HQ
Workshop 2. Marketing issues - specifics of launching a new tuition center. Moderator - Elena Baryshnikova, CEO Business Educational Alliance
The forum was summed up by “Questions” section when attendees had an opportunity to ask ACCA representatives anything.
Nataliya Vovchuk, Head of ACCA Ukraine, Baltic and Caucasus states, said: “ACCA Ukraine initiated conducting this very first forum in Kyiv, hoping for interest of Ukrainian educational community in the new qualification programs for finance and business. In our opinion, this will stimulate cooperation among the academic and scientific circles, business, and professional organizations. Also, new programs presented by ACCA, will help diversify training and retraining of employees by different streams”.
The Forum for the first time united academic circles and business sector in the region for discussion new challenges and new needs of professional education and professional development, as well as for the first time such regional gathering takes place in Kyiv – representing participants from Ukraine, UK, Romania, Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, and Greece.
We appreciate the representatives of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Ministry of Finance Educational Center (Belarus Republic), International Institute of Professional Accountants and Auditors (Russian Federation), RUDN Moscow, Institute of Professional Accountants (Georgia), Ukrainian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors, higher education institutions: Kiev National University of Trade and Economics, Vadim Hetman Kyiv National Economic University, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy as well as all ACCA tuition providers’ representatives for joining the discussion.
International consulting company Ernst & Young became the partner of the First Europe Learning Providers Forum.
Nataliya Kopylenko, Leader of Ernst & Young Academy of Business in Ukraine, pointed out: “Meeting of learning providers from all over Europe, without doubt, became an important step for comprehensive analysis of development and prospects of qualification in Ukraine. New era of ACCA qualification begins for providers and students, in my opinion. And this is connected with such timely ACCA initiatives, as new program “Foundations in accountancy” with a possibility to receive professional Diplomas and Certificates on the each level of study”.