The Canadian International Training & Education Corp (CITREC) and the University of Mauritius (UOM) have signed a partnership agreement that will ensure that UOM graduates receive transfer credits towards their study of Canada’s Certified General Accountants Association certification (CGA) program.
This historic agreement signed between UOM and CITREC was witnessed by Canadian High Commissioner to Mauritius Her Excellency Adele Dion who praised the signing of the agreement between CITREC and UOM as a major step towards strengthening education partnership with Canada.
The agreement was signed by visiting CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi and UoM Vice Chancellor Professor Konrad Morgan.
In another major achievement by the UOM, as part of its agreement, CGA Canada in partnership with CITREC has evaluated UOM degree standards and found them to be substantially equivalent to Canadian degree standards. As such an undergraduate degree from the UOM in any discipline is recognized by CGA Canada as having met the university degree requirement.
As a CGA policy, all students will be required to have a university degree that is assessed as equivalent to a Canadian university degree. UOM becomes the first University in Mauritius and the first in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to have reached this agreement with CITREC and CGA Canada. The degree from UOM may be in any discipline, not just accounting or business. This degree combines versatile management education and core business skills that compliment CGA’s accounting and financial management professional studies. A student who does not have a university degree from an institute that is recognized by CGA Canada cannot graduate with the CGA designation, however the student can still enroll in CGA program and work towards receiving the degree.
“We all recognize the power of collaboration and look forward to the benefits that this productive relationship will provide to our respective organizations. With our combined force, UOM students can look forward to international learning opportunities which will stand them in good stead for their future careers in the global accounting economy,” CGA Canada Vice-President International Lyle Handfield said.
Mr. Handfield said that CGA Canada works closely with tertiary institutions around the world ensuring students meet the association’s high academic and professional standards.
“Through our representative CITREC, this new agreement will provide Mauritian students with the opportunity to earn a prestigious university degree and internationally recognized professional accounting designation” Mr. Handfield said.
CITREC CEO Mr. Dwivedi said that as part of this agreement, students of UOM who decide to pursue the CGA designation will receive multiple course credit towards CGA’s foundation and advanced level courses towards their study of the CGA program.
“For the Foundation Studies (Levels 1 – 3) of the CGA program a UOM student who has graduated with a BSc (Hons) Accounting program will receive a number of transfer credits towards the CGA foundation and Advanced Level study,” Mr Dwivedi said.
Mr. Dwivedi also announced the opportunity for the UoM to offer advance level courses by incorporating CGA curriculum into its current business program.
” I am pleased to offer this opportunity to UoM on behalf of CGA Canada,” Mr. Dwivedi said.
Mauritians who have other designations, which include ACCA, CPA Australia, CPA Ireland and OEC France, can also apply to receive CGA designation. The CGA Designation is recognized throughout Canada and around the world. CGA represents a network of more then 75,000 members who are working in Canada and around the world.