A league of its own: CamEd equip students with dual degree for employability

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Upon graduation, a career as a professional is almost always guaranteed. Supplied

One of the Kingdom’s most renowned education providers CamEd Business School takes things up a notch by offering an opportunity for students to graduate with both a Bachelor of Accounting & Finance and a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) certificate.

With a comprehensive programme under Bachelor of Accounting & Finance, CamEd promises qualifications that are recognised globally. Meanwhile, CAT, which is a professional programme designed by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), will further improve the chances for students to secure a professional job.

“It is a great benefit. By studying at CamEd, students have more edge in terms of employability because they have an additional qualification that is recognised internationally. To be precise, our graduates have the chance to explore job opportunities worldwide,” a senior lecturer, Ms Christine Colon told Khmer Times.

Ms Christine Colon is one of the many highly qualified lecturers at CamEd. Supplied

ACCA is the world’s largest professional body for accountants and auditors which is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It issues the ACCA and CAT qualifications which are recognised in 183 countries, in which it independently sets the syllabus and examinations.

For a study duration of four years, CamEd incorporates ACCA and CAT subjects into its bachelor’s degree curriculum, ensuring that the students get the best of the best in the fields of their choice.

Ms Colon added that due to its outstanding programme, a high number of CamEd graduates would land a job in one of the ‘Big 4’ auditing firms in Cambodia – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, EY and KPMG – right after or even before graduating.

“The big 4 audit companies and other established firms in Cambodia keep an eagle eye on our students and graduates. In some cases, our graduates would not even have to apply. The companies would come to our school and recruit our students,” she said.

This is also evident in the number of its graduates who currently hold or have held important positions such as Deputy CFO at Wing, Corporate Financial Controller at British American Tobacco Cambodia, Senior Manager at Grant Thornton and Manager at Deloitte.

The quality of education at CamEd is ensured by employing a pool of highly-qualified lecturers and only those with extensive experience in their field of choice are recruited. Ms Colon added that a majority of them are also from international background such as the Philippines, Slovakia, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

CamEd’s main campus provides a conducive learning environment for students. Supplied

“CamEd is not an easy school to be a part of. Most of our lecturers hold PhD degrees, or at the least, Master’s degrees in their respective fields. The school has a strict hiring policy – lecturers here must have experience on top of academic qualifications,” Ms Colon, who herself has a master’s degree in Accounting and a vast experience of nearly 20 years as an accountant herself, said.

Despite having a niche focus on education, CamEd provides a holistic curriculum which encompasses various soft skill subjects and it has also developed several students’ association to help mould its students into confident and professional adults.

“CamEd wants to produce qualified graduates who are not only good in the subject matter but also one who possesses solid business and other professional ethics.

“For instance, it is common knowledge that one needs English to be competitive internationally. So in order for students to have a good command of the language, we make English syllabus compulsory,” she said.

They include CamEd Student Government Club, CamEd Investment Club, International Business Club and CamEd Audit Club. Aside from expanding each other’s knowledge on matters related to finance and accounting, the clubs act as a platform for the students to prepare themselves for what is to come after graduation.

The double degree provides a better employability rate for CamEd graduates. Supplied

The institute also places priority on student sports and social activities which it believes would encourage students to build friendship and develop leadership skills, among others.

Ms Colon stressed that it is important for students to be taught good professional ethics as it would deter them from committing unethical accounting practices.

“I am an ACCA member myself so when I was an accountant for more than 10 years, I had a list of rules that I must follow.

“For instance, some companies would maintain two sets of books – one for taxation and another for internal purposes. If you are ethical, you will not tolerate this as you know you have accountability over your reports,” she said.

Established in 2000, CamEd is the first and only ACCA accredited tuition provider in Cambodia. The American-owned institute is undoubtedly the first choice in the fields of finance and accounting.

Aside from that, the business school has continuously enhanced its quality to be on par with regional and international standards. CamEd has been certified by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and recently it has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification of the Quality Management System by Guardian Independent Certification, Ltd., which is registered in England. Certificate No. 704510.

For further inquiry, log on to www.cam-ed.com, call 02309860522/ 523/ 960/ 961, or head on over to CamEd’s one and only campus at 64, Street 108, Phnom Penh.

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