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Appointment of Prof. Dr. Nafis Alam as Accreditation Panel of Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA)

Professor Dr Nafis Alam, Head, School of Accounting and Finance of Asia Pacific University of Technology and Invitation (APU), has been appointed to the accreditation panel of the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA). FAA is a global and independent quality assurance and accreditation body for the Financial Services Industry (FSI) under the guidance of Bank Negara Malaysia and Securities Commission Malaysia and executed by a committee of technical experts, industry professionals and leading academics from the international financial services industry.

FAA deploys its FAA Quality Framework (FQF) as the foundation for quality assurance and accreditation of adult learning as well as the point of reference for the criteria and requirements for qualifications in the FSI. FAA is responsible for raising the learning standards and quality of professional learning and development in the FSI within the region and globally.

The FAA Accreditation Panel (FAP) consists of subject matter experts in their respective sectors, namely Banking and Finance, Islamic Finance, Insurance, Capital Markets, and Corporate Programmes. Dr Alam brings to the accreditation panel his expertise in Finance, FinTech and Islamic Banking & Finance. As a FAP member, Professor Alam will be part of a team that will assess learning programmes submitted for accreditation to ensure their compliance with the FAA Learning Criteria. He will also approve and accredit learning programmes, institutions or individuals and report the findings to the FAA Accreditation Committee (FAC).

The appointment is a testament for the School of Accounting and Finance and our commitment towards providing quality Accounting, Finance and FinTech education, through providing industry-relevant curriculum.

SAFIQS Joined Hands with CIMB in CIMB Be$MART Program

In order to provide students with a holistic and practical overview of the necessary components of sound financial management, the APU School of Accounting, Finance and Quantitative Studies (SAFIQS) joined hands with CIMB Foundation to organise the CIMB Be$mart Program, that took place in APU last month. 
As part of the program, 60 students competed in an investment game. At the beginning of the game, each team was given RM500,000 and they were entitled to invest in different types of properties, unit trusts and equities. The team that was left with the most amount eventually became the winner. Among all teams, Team Wow emerged as the champion and each member won a Private Retirement Scheme for themselves! The members of Team Wow are:
1. Wong Kar Yi (TP043942)
2. Deiviya A/P Gunasekaran (TP043672)
3. Alia binti Abdul Aziz (TP039226)
4. Lavia Anak Stephen Budin TP038991
5. Liew Jin Hong   TP046090
6. Jeslyn Goh Chye Ying TP046235
7. Nur Atiqah Ardila Binti Mohd Nazri TP043831
8. Adawiah binti Mohd Sakri TP039206
9. Law Weng Kei TP046184



The 2 day program was certainly a useful program and it has benefited our students by exposing them towards future financial planning opportunities. Congratulations to Team Wow and Kudos to the lecturers from SAFIQS for co-organizing this meaningful program.