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ICDL Asia, ACCA and Kaplan Sign Agreement to Certify ICT Skills of Accounting and Finance Professionals

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ICDL Asia, ACCA and Kaplan Learning Institute signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide a series of globally-accredited ICDL ICT certification programmes to fulfil the digital competencies of accounting and finance professionals.

The MoU signing ceremony was graced by the Guest-of-Honour, Minister John Paul Phelan, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with Special Responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform, His Excellency, Ambassador Geoffrey Keating, Irish Ambassador to Singapore and Ms Smruti Inamdar, ASEAN Director of Enterprise Ireland.

The internationally recognised ACCA-ICDL certified ICT programmes will see a technical syllabus as the core of the courses, which are made relevant for professionals in accountancy and finance. This project will kick-off from Singapore, and be introduced to other ACCA territories in Asia later.

Damien O'Sullivan, CEO of ICDL Foundation said, “Accountants and finance professionals are at the forefront of digital transformation and are embracing new developments in the area of artificial intelligence and data analytics.

“Working in partnership with ACCA gives us valuable insight into a fast changing work environment and, with the support of Kaplan, we can ensure the best solution is provided.”

Reuter Chua, Head of ACCA Singapore, added that, “ACCA is excited to take on this new initiative together with ICDL Asia and Kaplan to contextualise and provide digital programmes for students and professionals who are looking to learn and enhance their digital skill sets in the new generation of accounting and financial career space.

“We are confident that the strategic partnership between ICDL Asia, Kaplan and ACCA Singapore will bring more value to our members and at the same time strengthen the profession.”

Wayne Marriott, Executive Director of Kaplan Learning Institute highlighted that, “Kaplan is very excited to venture into this strategic partnership with two of our longest standing partners, ACCA and ICDL Asia.

“We have, for many years, provided high-quality education for ACCA candidates, so that they may pass their exams, and enter this vibrant and ever-changing sector. Now, with the release of ACCA's research into the skills needed for the accountants of the future, we are pleased to partner with ICDL to provide specific skills development to further help individuals achieve their career goals.”

Tags: Asia