The Business Research and Training Centre (BRTC) under the Faculty of Business Administration (FBA), University of Macau (UM), recently held an accounting career simulation fair as part of the celebratory events for the university’s 40th anniversary. The event aimed to help high school students in Macao to learn more about professional accounting qualifications they can pursue in college, so that they can plan their career paths in advance.

Students from three well-known local high schools, as well as undergraduate students and PhD students in the FBA, participated in the simulation fair. During the event, Prof Jean Chen, dean of the FBA, and Prof Jason Xiao, head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management (DAIM), delivered an opening speech and a welcoming speech, respectively. Afterwards, professors in the department provided information on the Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in Accounting programme, requirements for professional certifications, and career opportunities in this field. Many students expressed their interest in this programme. In addition, Mr Bernard Li, a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four accounting firms, gave a guest lecture on professional accounting qualifications and accounting careers. Students say that they benefited greatly from the talk.

The BSc in Accounting programme has attained maximum exemptions of papers from major international accounting bodies, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom (UK), Certified Practising Accountant Australia, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK, the Association of International Accountants in the UK, and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The BRTC and the DAIM of FBA will continue to serve students and the local community, and will make their programmes more relevant to business practices in Macao and the Great Bay Area.