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Accounting, Banking, Finance & Actuarial

APU's Accounting, Banking, Finance & Actuarial programmes are excellent springboards for individuals who wish to launch a professional career. The programmes are well established, and is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of accounting, banking, finance, actuarial and related subjects. Students on the course have the flexibility of developing and building their specialist knowledge whether in industry or public service. The awards cover an in-depth knowledge of the core areas, equipping students with necessary skills for the future. The primary objective of these programmes is to develop knowledgeable and capable students to enable them to secure key positions in the financial services sector.

The Aims of the APU Accounting, Banking, Finance & Actuarial Programmes are to:

  • Provide you with a rewarding yet challenging learning experience to enable you to be a high quality graduate with the knowledge, skills and understanding for an effective and valued career.
  • Enable you to undertake employment in industry, commerce or public service as professionals by developing your capabilities in relation to innovation, integration of ideas and concepts, interactive development, information provision and imaginative approaches to processes and problem solving.
  • Provide you with a Personal Development Planning opportunity in relation to enhancing your employability through increasing your independence, inventiveness, ingenuity and developing your all round intelligence in relation to solving problems, decision making, working with other people and communication skills.
  • Facilitate your progression, both academic and practical, by means of developing knowledge, key skills and a capacity for independent and lifelong learning.
  • Enable you to specialise in depth in areas corresponding to your ability and choice.
The Five "I"s Model

1: INNOVATION

through the design of curriculum, the module content and the learning approaches

2: INTEGRATION

through developing your capabilities to interrelate knowledge and to work in multidisciplinary teams

3: INFORMATION

through developing your knowledge and also your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively

4: INTERACTIVITY

through the use of group work to develop your teamwork skills and through the use of technology to achieve interactivity of devices and people

5: IMAGINATION

in relation to new products, ideas, applications and solutions


Accounting & Finance Programmes:

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance is an excellent springboard from which to launch a professional career in accountancy or to pursue further study. It is well-established and is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of accounting and related subjects. The award covers an in-depth knowledge of the core areas for those intending to move into the Accounting profession as well as those specialised areas such as tax, forensic and investment.

The Accounting and Finance programmes at APU are excellent springboards for students to launch their professional careers in accountancy or finance or to pursue further studies. They are well established, and are designed to provide a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of accounting, finance and related subjects. These programmes are well-accredited by professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, CPA, CTIM, ICAEW and more.

Upon completion, students are eligible for exemptions from the below Professional bodies as our Accounting and Finance degrees are accredited by them:

ACCA - 9 papers exemptions out of 13 papers

CIMA - 8 papers exemptions out of 16 papers

CPA - 6 papers exemptions out of 12 papers

ICAEW - 8 papers exemptions out of 15 papers

CTIM - 5-6 papers exemptions out of 8 papers

MAICSA - 12 papers exemptions out of 16 papers

Also, Diploma in Accounting are eligible for 3 fundamental modules exemption from ACCA.

Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP)

Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program : BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Internal Audit

  • The Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program was developed to respond to the growing interest in internal audit education at institutions of higher learning.
  • The program also addresses a general need of practitioners interested in hiring students who possess a well-rounded skill set for conducting internal auditing.
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  • The IAEP program prepares students with the skills and knowledge to help them conduct basic internal audits immediately upon hire, as well as provide a foundation to begin preparing for the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) examination.

Benefits:

  • Universities participating have access to various materials for use in the classroom.
  • Enhanced opportunities to network with other educators teaching internal auditing to share ideas and materials.
  • Employers consult The IIA’s list of universities teaching internal auditing as they consider the degree of internal audit education they seek for their “New Hires”
  • Guest speakers will be provided upon request

Please click HERE to view the IIA website.


FinTech for the Future

Powered by FinTech - All Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance Programme comprise modules in Financial Technology (FinTech).

Financial Technology (FinTech) is gaining momentum year-on-year and is creating a huge demand for professionals with specific FinTech skills. Traditional accounting and finance industry is getting digitally transformed. To cater to the skill gap in the Financial Services, a sound knowledge on technology application has become an essential part of the graduate skill.

Traditional financial institutions and FinTech start-ups are looking for more candidates who specialise in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science. According to a report by Bloomberg reporting and data from LinkedIn[1], job listings requiring these skills in the financial industry increased nearly 60% in the past year. APU Accounting & Finance and Banking & Finance programmes are designed to cater to the increased demand for finance graduates with FinTech skills.

Futuristic : [ Advancements ] powered by FINTECH

"FinTech is massively popular. 96% of global consumers are aware of FinTech-driven money transfer and payment services. 3 out of 4 consumers have used an alternative money transfer and payment service."

- EY Global FinTech Adoption Index

60% of consumers want to transact business with financial institutions with a single platform, such as social media or mobile banking apps.
(Ernst & Young)

"Global FinTech market investments have seen a 28% year-on-year rise from 2018 to 2019." Tranglo

In 2017, 88% of incumbent financial institutions feared that they would lose money to the disruptive innovation of FinTech companies, but 82% plan to partner with FinTech startups in the next 3–5 years. (PwC)

In 2019, 64% of consumers worldwide have used one or more FinTech platforms, up from 33% in 2017.
(Ernst & Young)

"Financial institutions are becoming more technology focused. We see it as the evolving intersection of financial services and technology. Looking forward, we expect FinTech disruptors to continue to expand into other areas within financial services."

- Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC)


"FinTech is changing businesses and customers rapidly. Those that embrace FinTech will stay at the forefront of their markets; those that don't will lose out on opportunities, customers, and market share."

- Bernard Marr, Forbes


Banking & Finance Programmes:

With the help of Technology, embark onto a unique experience with APU’s Banking & Finance programmes. The unique aspect of APU's Banking & Finance programmes is that all programmes include modules of FinTech, where you will learn about key concepts on blockchain technology, robo advisory, cryptocurrencies and more.

Our Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) is an ideal and outstanding programme for those who wish to engage in financial services industry or government sectors, particularly in banking and central banking. Students on the course also have the flexibility of developing and building their specialised knowledge in areas such as in Financial Planning as well as Investment & Risk Management.

There is high global demand for well-trained Banking & Finance individuals in banking, finance, education, as well as government sectors. Career options may include:

  • Banker
  • Merchant Banker
  • Trader
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Officer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Credit Officer
  • Underwriter
  • Financial Analyst
  • Portfolio Investment Manager
  • Investment and Wealth Manager
  • Risk Manager

Finance is always at the heart of commerce that no one could get rid of. However, the advent of financial technology has disrupted the delivery of financial services. In order to remain competitive in digital banking sphere, banks have started to employ more staffing resources in the digitisation initiatives. Thus, our Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a specialism in Financial Technology (one of the first industry-driven FinTech curriculum in Malaysia) will prepare the graduates to meet the needs of a rapidly disrupted Financial Services industry in Malaysia and internationally with the ability to develop innovative ideas and to employ state-of-the art technologies.

All Banking & Finance Programmes are accredited by Professional Body Partner:

Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

AICB
collaborates with APU in sharing of leading practices, knowledge and expertise in banking trends and developments through industry surveys, publications and thought leadership initiatives.


All Banking & Finance Programmes are empowered by Industry Collaboration:

FAOM

APU is the first University in Malaysia to sign MOA with FAOM to jointly develop future talents to embrace FinTech. FAOM also advises APU in the FinTech curriculum development to align with the industry requirement.


Professional Recognitions

APU has been leading the way for its graduates in Professional recognition and exemptions in the areas of Accounting, Banking, Finance and Actuarial Studies. These are valuable not only for moving your career as a full-time professional forward but also for expanding your skills and expertise to become a more well-rounded employee. These recognitions help you become a more desirable job candidate or employee, one who can command a higher salary.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program

APU is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. This indicates that at least 70% of CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) is embedded in our curriculum, and students who have completed our Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) programmes are prepared to undertake the exams leading to the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation, which is the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. In addition, APU is also eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program every year.


Actuarial Studies Programme - Worldwide Accreditation by IFoA, UK and SOA, US:

APU’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Actuarial Studies is a 3-year degree programme of full-time study. This programme is to develop students’ mathematical, statistical and analytical skills in addition to actuarial practices as preparation to become a qualified actuary.

Actuaries are highly regarded professional and they work across several industries including life and general insurance, commercial and investment banking, pensions and healthcare, consulting firms, and public sector. Actuaries are problem solvers and strategic thinkers with a deep understanding of risk management; they are one of the top paying professionals as they are usually in high demand worldwide.

APU’s Actuarial Studies programme is widely recognised by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), US and Institute of Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), UK. Be a part of the fast-growing Actuarial industry with us; APU is also listed amongst the top Asian universities to receive maximum block exemptions at IFoA.

 

Internship / Industrial Training

A well-structured internship or industrial training programme in collaboration with industry is incorporated into the curriculum. The main objective of the internship programme is to further enhance your employability. In many cases the same company at which you had internship/industrial training will offer you employment as soon as you graduate. In all cases you will gain an invaluable insight into the world of business and management practices and be better equipped to position yourself for the career you seek.


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