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ACCA grows membership and student numbers by 5%-plus

01 August 2016

The membership figures reflect organic growth, delivered by proactively developing students already in the examining system with the introduction of new support measures that have resulted in a higher pass rate whilst upholding the rigour of the ACCA Qualification, the association has said.

A spokesperson for the ACCA said: “During 2015, extensive engagement and feedback from members, including the findings of the ‘Professional Accountants – The Future’ report, which included the views of 2,000 professional accountants and 300 leaders in every sector and industry across 19 countries, has resulted in significant strategic investment in ACCA’s exam portfolio and IT infrastructure as the organisation has continued to invest in a world class future-proofed qualification backed by globally and locally available support and insight.
“This has included ACCA increasing access to high quality affordable tuition through the launch of its online learning solution ACCA-X, the launch of its globally-available combined Masters programme with the University of London, and moving to four exam sittings a year to respond to the needs of students and employers across the globe.”

Commenting on the report, ACCA’s chief executive, Helen Brand OBE said: “ACCA is at the forefront of delivering a qualification that reflects the growing demand for professional, ethical accountants across the globe. The record increase in membership admissions reflects the confidence among professional accountants that ACCA membership will help them achieve their future goals. The rigour of our qualification demands significant dedication from our members and students, and today’s figures are testament to their achievement.

“This is about more than just our size, but about our global reputation, influence and footprint. Together, the Council and our members have made significant progress towards ensuring we continue to be viewed as the pre-eminent professional body by all stakeholders, including governments, employers and regulators.”

Looking ahead to 2017, the ACCA said its key areas of focus will be delivering enhanced value to members, to ensure their needs are being met, promoting the flexibility in the new four exam sessions model, and being more proactive in helping members and students in their career journey with ACCA.

The full Integrated Report can be accessed via the ACCA website at http://annualreport.accaglobal.com/

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