Qatar University (QU) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) in an effort to further academic, educational, and professional initiatives for both institutions.
The event was opened by Dr. Mustafa Kamal, Department Head of Accounting and Information Systems, College of Business and Economics followed by remarks by QU Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr Omar AlAnsari and remarks by IMA Senior Vice President, Mr. Jim Gurowka.
The MoU was signed by Dr Omar AlAnsari and Jim Gurowka, This agreement establishes IMA’s relationship with Qatar University to enable ongoing collaboration and knowledge exchanges. As part of the partnership, Qatar University will begin offering CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) courses and materials to support students with their respective certification exams.
On this occasion, Hanadi Khalife, Senior director of operations, Middle East, Africa and India said: “The role of finance and accounting professionals is seeing a fundamental evolution in the current scenario and the need is to ensure that we have appropriate development paths in place for those aspiring to build a career in this sector.”
“Through such partnerships, we are striving to empower finance and accounting students to pursue globally-relevant and current professional qualifications to enhance their future career prospects. Qatar University is one of the leading educational institutions in the region and we are confident that this initiative will help to bridge the skills gap further by presenting tremendous benefits to students and the overall profession in the region,” he added
“At Qatar University, we endeavor to nurture the intellectual development of individuals so they may graduate to be leaders and go on to making a positive contribution to regional economies,” said QU representative.
He further said: “We are delighted to partner with IMA to provide a holistic educational experience which empowers our students by better preparing them for the workplace when the time comes. This initiative will help our students understand how the role of the CFO is changing and equip them with the accounting and finance skills they will need to succeed in the future.”
The partnership, which is in line with IMA’s Higher Education Endorsement Program, will help IMA and Qatar University to optimize the higher education and professional development of students in the finance and accounting program. As part of the agreement, IMA has committed to providing CMA® scholarships to the top ten distinguished Qatar University students from all specializations within the university. Furthermore, IMA and Qatar University will be working together to support and enhance various research programs for faculty members.