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Big 5 Companies at Sunway TES CAE

11th March, 2017

“Sunway TES Centre for Accountancy Excellence (CAE) is the first to have the big five employers based on campus and our students are expected to benefit significantly from these partnerships”, said Teo Ee Sing, Executive Director of Sunway College on the establishment of the big five corporate suites.

With the establishment of the BDO, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC suites on campus, Sunway TES CAE hopes to continue its effort in promoting the accounting profession through collaborations and activities which will include workshops, talks and dialogue sessions with industry experts who will share on current topics and emerging issues in the market, provide insights and a more in-depth understanding of the respective areas – tax, audit and advisory which are related to accounting and finance.

The suites provide the five companies a definite venue for their managers, directors and partners to engage with students at a higher level. Consultation clinics will be offered, to provide students with information and advanced insight into considering which area they would want to get into for their future careers. Representatives from the companies’ human resource department are also expected to share on skills sets required by graduates to be industry ready, tips on writing a resume and for job interviews. These will be lined up to provide the companies and students at Sunway TES CAE and also Sunway University the extra edge in employer employee relationship with a possible advantage of securing employment right here on campus.

At last year’s inaugural Nurture Business Challenge (NBC) organised by Sunway TES CAE, representatives from the companies served as judges and some as spectators. The NBC scheduled to run twice a year now, is a programme specifically designed to provide a holistic education to students of Sunway TES CAE. The course aims to help aspiring accountants understand the role of an accountant whilst upholding values of professionalism in the society.

The programme runs concurrently with the Diploma in Professional Accounting, Certified Accounting Technician (CAT), Certificate in Finance and, Accounting and Business (CFAB) programmes. The competition where students present business ideas to a panel of judges is aimed to help students build up their thinking skills for problem solving, improve independent learning by developing skills for information research using technology, develop collaborative and team skills, and help them learn and appreciate good leadership values. Such competitions provide human resource representatives from the big five companies’ a chance to observe students and possibly potential future employees’ skills sets and leadership qualities.

In a recent audit simulation, the big five sent managers and directors in to review students’ work. With the simulation, students faced several challenges which include locating audit evidence using appropriate auditing procedures. Through the reviews, students received feedback and assessment on their work and coaching on ways to improve.

“The aim of having the big five on campus is mainly to prepare our students for employment. Here, through our partnerships, we hope to help our students build industrial knowledge, keep them updated on what is happening in the industry”, explained Teo. “The on-going workshops, public lectures, and consultations, will provide positive an avenue for both parties – employer and future employee to interact from an early stage, and build relationships”, he continued.

The big five corporate suites were launched last year by Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder and Chairman of the Sunway Group. Attending the launch were Dr Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group; Sridharan Nair, Managing Partner at PwC; Adrian Lee, Audit Partner at KPMG; Lee Soo Fern, Partner, Malaysia Talent Leader at EY; Tan Theng Hooi, Country Managing Partner at Deloitte and Dato’ Gan Ah Tee, Managing Partner at BDO.

Since the launch, the suites have been a hub of activity for the big five in engaging with Sunway students. Moving forward, this year, a series of weekly lecture series by industry experts from the five companies have been planned. In the pipeline, Teo explained that the big five is committed to fully utilise their space here on campus to prepare students for work in the accounting and finance industry.

Sunway TES CAE is the leading professional accountancy and finance provider in the Asia Pacific Region. It was incorporated in 1994 as a subsidiary of Sunway College which in turn is a member of the Sunway Education Group. Sunway TES CAE conducts internationally well-known professional accounting programmes, namely, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification and Certified Accounting Technician (CAT), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) qualification, Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB), Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) qualification, and Masters Level qualifications such as Certified Internal Auditors (CIA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

As a prestigious institution, Sunway TES CAE plays a vital role in the growth and progress of the accounting profession in Malaysia.

For further information about the professional accounting programmes offered by Sunway TES Centre for Accountancy Excellence (CAE), please call 03-7491 8622 or email: info@sunway.edu.my or log on to http://sunway.edu.my/college/sunwaytes

Alternatively, drop by the campus this 11, 12, 18 and 19 March 2017 from 10am to 4pm for the Sunway Education Open Day.

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