ACCA and Trinity College Dublin sign MOU

Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have announced a new partnership today to equip Irish accountants and finance professionals with the skills to thrive in a rapidly changing professional environment.

The signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin and ACCA will support ACCA professionals through:

  • The creation of a new MBA entry pathway coupled with an MBA fee bursary for ACCA 
  • A range of CPD approved short Professional Development courses exclusively for ACCA members, initially focused on expanding knowledge of emerging technologies and the use of Big Data in accounting and finance.

The new partnership will see ACCA members being offered cutting-edge executive programmes that will enhance their technical, ethical and digital expertise.

Together ACCA and the Trinity Business School will work on a number of projects, creating a unique MBA entry pathway for ACCA members, establishing a bursary scheme for all ACCA members accepted onto the MBA and the development of an range of short professional development courses which will enable senior members to add value to their businesses, their people and to clients.

Designed to support senior executives’, the partnership will amplify skills across a range of areas including business analytics, big data, strategy, innovation and emerging technologies.

The relationship follows pioneering global research commissioned by ACCA which defined key drivers of change and demands within the accountancy profession and outlined skills which will be required to meet those changes.

According to John Gaynor, President ACCA Ireland, the MOU with Trinity will ensure these essential skills are developed, sustained and met. Commenting on the partnership John Gaynor, said: ‘This agreement is an exciting step in ACCA’s strategy to develop the accountancy profession Ireland needs and unlocking the potential of our members.

‘The reputation for excellence of ACCA members worldwide is based on the strength of the qualification, the quality of employment they secure and commitment to lifelong learning. The opportunities secured under this partnership with TCD are hugely important for senior members to enhance their capacities in dealing effectively with technological transformation, and / or to gain the broader business focus of a Trinity MBA.

‘The ACCA Ireland and TCD partnership reflects our shared values of integrity, professionalism and excellence, and our commitment to grasping the opportunities and dealing with the challenges of ever changing technology in business.

‘We are delighted to introduce two short courses on: analytics and big data; and on strategy, innovation and emerging technologies. These, along with the unique MBA pathway and bursary scheme are exciting developments for ACCA members, providing potential to add tangible value to their companies and CVs.’

‘Collaboration in the design and delivery of real and measurable professional development for Irish leaders and organisations is central to how we engage in executive education”, said Michael Flynn, Director of Executive Education in Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. “We look forward to working with ACCA to ensure ACCA members have access to cutting edge short courses and an Executive MBA pathway that will give them and their organisations a competitive advantage”.

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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

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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"The ACCA Ireland and TCD partnership reflects our shared values of integrity, professionalism and excellence, and our commitment to grasping the opportunities and dealing with the challenges of ever changing technology in business."

John Gaynor - ACCA Ireland president