My visit to Africa reinforced our global success at meeting the needs of employers and members.

Author:Christison, Ian

One of CIMA's most important functions is to ensure that our qualifications and other products and services anticipate and meet the needs of businesses for financial and, increasingly, non-financial stale Unfortunately, I was unable to attend last month's launch of the revised certificate in business accounting at the lecturer's conference in Warwickshire. This was shame, since I intended to congratulate all the examiners and lecturers for their contribution to our success.

An exciting aspect of the revised course is its flexibility as both an entry-level route to the professional CIMA qualification and a stand-alone qualification. Designed to develop the skills required to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment, it also focuses on ethics and corporate governance. It will, therefore, be valuable to a range of private- and public-sector employees.

It's also another example of how we are using 1T to benefit employers and students. CIMA was the first accountancy body to implement web-facilitated computer-based assessment (CBA) and now more than 390 CBA centres worldwide are equipped to assess the certificate. Students can choose when they want to be assessed, and employers gain a more efficient and flexible way to train their staff. The revisions emerged from extensive consultation with a CIMA working group and they meet the criteria set by the International Federation of Accountants.

Our success at meeting the needs of employers, members and students internationally was reinforced during my stimulating and thought-provoking trip to southern Africa last month. I met government ministers, CIMA branch officers, members, students, employers, tuition providers, assessors and other members of the business community across...

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