Graduation visit to 必威Russell Square in Mumbai
Graduation visit to Russell Square in Mumbai
Forming a worldwide connection in London
Students graduate in a world first for Professional Accountants
Opening doors to the Bombay Stock Exchange
Graduates at Russell Square International College in Mumbai were delighted to meet Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London.
More than 100 students from six schools around the world have attended an international study event at Senate House – the heart of the University of London.
The inaugural cohort of students from the world’s first integrated MSc in Professional Accountancy, delivered through an innovative partnership between the University of London and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants , has graduated in a special ceremony at Senate House, home of the University of London.
Twenty students studying for a University of London award in India gained an exclusive insight into the world of trading at BSE Limited, otherwise known as the Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia’s first stock exchange.
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Written by Binda Rai | 31 Oct 2018
The graduation event, held over two ceremonies on Saturday 11 November, was attended by students from 39 countries around the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, Nigeria, Ireland and the UK.
Dr Stiasny OBE attended the graduation ceremony on Sunday 3 September in the Mumbai, known as the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India.
The event, held over two days on the 28 and 29 September, was the first of its kind.
The ground-breaking MSc programme enables students to study for their University of London award at the same time as completing their professional qualification with ACCA, as well as accommodating those that have already completed their professional qualification.
During the University of London’s second annual BSE Bootcamp, 20 students studying through distance and flexible learning, were selected through a highly competitive recruitment process which was open to 368 eligible students, of which 68 applied. The process was facilitated by the University of London, the London School of Economics, and The Careers Group.
At the ceremony, held for 34 graduates of the University of London, Dr Stiasny OBE said that their academic award is highly relevant and valued in a range of occupations and professions. She cited examples of Russell Square International College students who have gone on to placements with some of the top firms in the world, and to name a few, these include Deloitte, KPMG, India Bulls and Imperial Capital.
The programme included lectures, study sessions, workshops and seminars by leading academics from the University of London, with students coming from many countries across the globe to participate. All students who attended are studying at teaching institutions in India, Pakistan and the U.K.
In his opening speech, Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said:
Through work-based learning, the students gained invaluable and up-close insights into the world’s 10th largest stock exchange, which is also the world’s fastest stock exchange with a median trade speed of 6 micro seconds ahead of NY stock exchange at 18 micro seconds, and boasts an overall market value of more than $2.3 trillion.
On graduating, Dr Stiasny OBE congratulated the graduates and their families, and said:
These students, all aged between 18 and 21, are registered with the University of London, and are primarily studying on the International Foundation Programme. This programme qualifies students to progress to an undergraduate degree course, either with the University of London or with other universities around the world.
This unique study programme … has been built on the excellent reputation of both the University of London and ACCA, and what this reputation will do, is to single you out as an ambitious and driven professional. In other words, it will get you noticed.
Over the two-day Bootcamp (29th-30th October 2018) the students learned about the stock market by working with experienced traders and dealt with real stock data during a trading simulation exercise. They also toured the trading floor, networked with and heard from industry professionals about trading and investment. All students have been awarded a certificate of successful participation in the BSE Bootcamp.
‘Your graduation does not mark the end of your journey with the University of London. All of you will continue down the road as Alumni of the University, some amongst you may even join us once more for further study.’
Students attending the study event were accompanied by staff from their own teaching institutions, which include Podar World College in Mumbai , India; The Millennium University College in Islamabad, Pakistan ; as well as four U.K. based institutions – Bournemouth and Poole College; MPW Cambridge; MPW London and ONCAMPUS, also based in London.
The University of London’s Associate Director of Student Experience, Joanne Harris, said:
In her welcome address, the Principal of Russell Square International College, Dr Kshitij Prabha expressed her hearty gratitude to Dr Stiasny OBE, and to Mr Chris Jenney, Head of Global Institutions, University of London, for gracing the occasion. The Member of Russell square International College Board, Mr Rajeev Goenka felicitated Dr Stiasny OBE before she addressed the Graduates of 2017 and presented the Certificates and Scrolls.
Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London, said: ‘It is such a pleasure to see some of our students here in London studying together. One of the main aims of this study event is to encourage a transnational and cross-cultural exchange. This enables students to come together and share their thinking and ideas, based on their learning and their experience of the study event in London.’
We thank University College London and its academics in the School of Management for their support in developing the MSc. Without UCL’s programme direction and commitment, the MSc might not have been such a global success.
Today’s students should undertake real work experience along with their academic studies in order to compete in the workplace. We are working closely with high-value organisations such as the Bombay Stock Exchange to secure more placement opportunities for our students, and in doing so, we have a real focus on employability.
She added: ‘Following the study event, we now hope that students will keep in touch with each other and continue
Donna May Wheeler, who graduated on Saturday and studied for her MSc in England, said of the course:
Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) University of London, said:
to learn from their respective study experiences. We have been very fortunate that those academics participating in the study event were able to give up so much of their time, and make such a valuable contribution towards the success of this study event that so many students have benefited from.’
The program was challenging, but the learning process gave me great insight into global issues currently, which has enhanced my knowledge tremendously.
I am delighted that this has been such a successful collaboration for our students in India. The University of London is always looking for innovative ways to connect students with the world of work, and this initiative is a perfect example of the University’s student-focused ethos. I now look forward to partnering with other organisations who share the same vision as the University in preparing students for the workplace.
Jay Chhattani from PWC, Mumbai, said: ‘I am very enthusiastic about my international student experience. I attended enlightening workshops and was taught by very experienced faculty. It was an honour to meet the Pro Vice-Chancellor.’
All 20 successful students attending the BSE Bootcamp are taught through the University of London’s Recognised Teaching Centres in India; including the Indian School of Business and Finance , Podar World College and Russell Square International College.
Mahnoor Arif from TMUC, Islamabad, said: 'Being in London has made me feel more connected to the University. I feel that the University of London has provided an academically rewarding programme, but at the same time it has challenged me.'
Following this course, I am in a much better position to further my career, as I now understand how business, society and government work together to mould the world we live in … I see a bright future due to this achievement. Thank you very much ACCA and University of London for this opportunity.
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Victoria Pozzi Rocco from MPW London said: ‘These lectures were very useful because I met people who grew up in many different education systems. It was interesting that each one of us had different problem solving methods.’
The keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, Mr Robert Stenhouse, Vice-President of the ACCA Council, and Director of National Accounting and Audit at Deloitte UK, said that the ACCA qualification was a 'badge of trust'.
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He continued: 'Add to this a Master's qualification from the University of London, a trusted international institution, and you are showing that you possess a combined academic and professional expertise that equips you well for today's workplace.'
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In her closing speech, Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of London, spoke about the global reach of the programme, and that this was: 'testament to the vision of our predecessors who negotiated for the first University of London examinations to be held overseas - in Mauritius on 10 July 1865.' She added: 'I am sure you will all join me in paying tribute to them for the foresight they demonstrated over 150 years ago, from which all of you have profited from today.'
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- The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through distance and flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
- In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
- Today, students of the University of London’s distance and flexible learning programmes study from a suite of 100 academic programmes, with some taking the award through self-study or through support from local teaching institutions across the world.
- The University of London’s distance and flexible learning provider has come to be known as the world’s largest classroom, with 50,000 students worldwide, and over 1.4 million learners on the Coursera online platform for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), bringing this global reach to more than 1.4 million people around the world, covering 180 countries.
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About the University of London
- The University of London was established in 1836 by Royal Charter. It is made up of 18 Member Institutions, and nine research institutes.
- The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
- Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
- Today, students of the University of London International Programmes can choose to study from a suite of 100 academic programmes either through self-study or through support from local teaching institutions.
- The University of London, through its International Programmes, is the ‘world’s largest classroom’, with 51,000 students in 180 countries, and over 1.3million learners studying its short courses through the Coursera online platform.
ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- ACCA is the global body for professional accountants.
- It offers 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 170,000 members and 436,000 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 92 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development.
- Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
- Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards.
- ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.