Sunway College student completes ACCA at 20

by Antonia Chiam

 

HIGH ACHIEVERS: (From left) Sunway marketing manager Lucy Read, Teo, Ngu, Chai and Sunway chief executive officer Joseph Lim are seen during a photo call after the interview.

HIGH ACHIEVERS: (From left) Sunway marketing manager Lucy Read, Teo, Ngu, Chai and Sunway chief executive officer Joseph Lim are seen during a photo call after the interview.

 

KUCHING: Sunway College Kuching student Jeffrey Ngu, 20, has become the youngest Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) graduate in recent years.

The former SMK Methodist Sibu science stream student started his professional accountancy studies at the college in 2011 with the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) course and completed his ACCA examinations in June.

“Full-time students have to be very focused by taking up to four papers in one examination sitting. This is because some of the papers have linkage to each other. By taking up to four papers, students will be able to see the bigger picture and have a better understanding of the subjects.

“For me, I was focused and motivated by my lecturers. As a full-time student, I studied up to five hours a day and practised lots of questions outside of classes. However, I also believe in balance as I was also involved in the college’s activities and other social activities such as playing badminton and enjoying local food,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Ngu is currently independently studying for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and has sent applications to a few accounting firms.

Meanwhile, current ACCA students Chai Min Chiung and Melissa Teo also did the college proud when they were judged Malaysia’s best students for the June exam.

Chai achieved Malaysian Placing No. 1 and also achieved World Placing No. 6 for ACCA Paper 5 – Performance Management with a score of 93 per cent.

This was his second time as a Malaysian prize winner after achieving top ranking in one of his CAT papers last year.

Teo scored 85 per cent for ACCA Paper 8 – Audit and Assurance, putting her at the top for Malaysian Placing and No. 7 in the World for that paper.

Chai, 19, said it is vital to have a good understanding of the subject.

“Practice makes perfect too. With that and a good understanding of the subject, we are sure to excel. In addition, the course structure at Sunway helped a lot. The lecturers would highlight the areas that are likely to come out in the final exam, preparing us for the worst case scenario so that we can handle every situation.

“The progress tests also assess how well we are doing and the exam-driven classes (EDC) also help us to revise the topics before the final exam. It is important to do constant revision and keep up with the subjects,” he said adding that close interaction among students, lecturers and college staff made for a very conducive learning experience.

Teo, 20, attributed her success to knowing her own strengths and limitations.

“I am the type of person who cannot study long hours in a quiet library. I study at my own pace and consistently over the semester. Losing sleep over exams is also something I don’t do.

“Sunway’s multiple exams throughout the semester helped me to see areas where I need improvement and gave me better understanding of the papers. The EDC also helped me gain confidence and be mentally prepared for the real exams.”

For the June 2013 exams, Sunway College Kuching produced 19 ACCA Affiliates, 58 CAT Finalists and five London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) diploma holders.

The college also achieved an overall pass rate of 78 per cent across the 12 ACCA papers and 92 per cent across the nine CAT papers.

Sunway is currently accepting students for its ACCA Re-take Programme for F4 to F9, P1 to P3 and P5 to P7, which is targeted at those ACCA students who failed their June exams and wish to re-sit the failed paper in December.

The college is also accepting enrolments for the October CAT programme intake.

For more information, contact 082-451221 or visit the campus at 1st Floor, Song Plaza, Jalan Song.

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