New skills and qualifications are becoming increasingly essential for businesses and organisations. Recognising this, EY, one of the world’s top professional services organisations, ACCA, one of the world's leading professional accountancy bodies, and the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), department of Accounting and Finance, one of Greece’s top academic institutions, have joined forces to present their Professional Experience in Auditing Program for undergraduate students of the department of Accounting and Finance.
This new innovative programme offers an opportunity for students to set out on a 'fast forward mode' to become qualified accountants / auditors, maximising their chances for successful future job applications.
Candidates will have the opportunity to combine their Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance with a globally recognised professional qualification and the unique experience of working with EY.
Moreover, upon completion of the course, they will possibly be considered for a full-time career at EY Greece, based on EY’s recruitment needs, joining one of the fastest growing and most dynamic organisations in the country.
Mr. Vassilios Kaminaris, Partner, Head of Assurance Services, EY Greece, says: 'At EY Greece, we put our efforts into building a better working world and focus on creating opportunities for the new generations. As we have already underlined in the past, through a recent EY survey, there is a gap between the skills the market needs and the skills that students study; this programme is part of our contribution towards closing this gap. Our collaboration with ACCA and AUEB also sets an example of what we can achieve when companies and educational institutions work together.'
Abdul Goffar, head of Western Europe at ACCA adds: ‘ACCA’s strategy is all about creating the accountancy profession the world needs, to develop talented people of ability to be the accountants of tomorrow. And that’s just what this excellent programme does; it shows how collaboration between key partners EY, AUEB and ACCA can accelerate talented individuals, and enhance their skills and abilities. So we’re delighted to bring these two highly respected organisations together, be part of such an innovative programme, and look forward to making it a success.’
Professor Apostolos Ballas, Scientific Advisor of the Programme at the AUEB, says: 'The Athens University of Economics and Business was the first in our country to include Accounting in its curriculum. Today, we are the leading institution in the teaching and research of Accounting, having been recognised globally for the quality of our educational work. With this programme, we aim to offer the students of the Department of Accounting and Finance the opportunity to get to know a modern working environment and a business sector with many opportunities after their graduation. We are very happy for our cooperation with EY and ACCA and we hope that more organisations will develop similar partnerships with Greek universities.'
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In Greece, ACCA has over 3,000 members and students, as well as the Joint Exam Scheme with SOEL (Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece), which allows ACCA students to receive the local CPA as well as the globally recognised ACCA qualification.
ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up-to-date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.
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About Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB)
Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) is the third oldest Higher Education Institution in Greece and the first in the fields of Economic Science and Business Administration.
AUEB, as a center of excellence in academic research and in teaching, is evaluated as one of the top Universities in the country and as one of the best internationally in the academic fields in which it specializes. Its reputation is a reflection not only of the high caliber of its scientific staff, the quality of its research and teaching output, its contemporary programs of study, but also of the scientific expertise of its graduates, which enables them to become professionally established in Greece and abroad.
The vision of AUEB is to be internationally recognized as a center of excellence in the sciences of Economics, Business and Information and, through its activities, to contribute to successfully meeting the challenges facing science, society and the economy of today and tomorrow.