ACCA top scorers Chai, Melissa pay tribute to Sunway College Kuching

TOP GRADE: Malaysian Prize Winner of Paper F5 Chai Min Chiung (left) together with his Paper F5 lecturer Jacqueline Chang.

KUCHING: Two students from Sunway College Kuching did Sarawak proud recently when they were adjudged best students in Malaysia in the June 2013 sitting of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations.

Chai Min Chiung achieved Malaysian ranking No 1 (worldwide placing No 6) with a score of 93 per cent for ACCA Paper F5 (Performance Management), while Melissa Teo Pei Yuen attained top Malaysian placing (worldwide placing No 7) when she scored 85 per cent for Paper F8 (Audit and Assurance).

Chai, 19, thanked his F5 lecturer Jacqueline Chang, and expressed his gratitude to Sunway College Kuching.

“I am very thankful to everyone at Sunway College Kuching. When I have difficulties in my studies, the lecturers are always there to assist me. When I am facing some other problems, the staff are always willing to lend a helping hand,” he said.

Chai declared that he thoroughly enjoys being a student of Sunway.

“I will forever remember the close interaction between students, staff and lecturers. Such good bonding makes for a fun and interesting learning experience,” he said.

Remarkably, this is not the first time Chai has been awarded a Malaysian prize by ACCA. Just last year, Chai was presented with the Malaysian Prize (Malaysian ranking No 1, worldwide placing No 2) for Paper MA2 (Managing Costs and Finance) at the June 2012 Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) examinations.

Meanwhile, Teo, 20, also paid tribute to the college for playing a role in her sterling success.

“I would like to thank my F8 lecturer Ms Letchumy and all my other lecturers for their teachings and for motivating me to do even better,” she said.

“Studying at Sunway College Kuching so far has been great. It’s easy for me to focus on my lessons as the environment here is friendly and comfortable.”

Both Chai and Teo agreed that hard work and perseverance is the key to becoming a prize-winning student.

“A good understanding of the subject is very important. And practice makes perfect. So, a combination of both will ensure we excel,” said Chai. Chai added that the course structure at Sunway helped him a great deal.

“The lecturers would highlight the areas which are likely to come out in the finals, preparing us for the worst case (scenario) so that we can handle every situation.

“The progress tests also assess how well we are doing, so that we can improve our weaknesses. The EDCs (Exam Driven Classes) also help us to revise the topics to prepare us for the final exams,” he said. Teo attributed her success to knowing her own strengths and limitations.

“I am the type of person who can’t study long hours in a quiet library. I study at my own pace and try to study consistently over the semester. Losing sleep over the exam is also something I don’t do,” she said.

Like Chai, she praised Sunway’s exam and revision strategy.

Sunway’s multiple exams throughout the semester helped her to see areas where she needed improvement and gave her a better understanding of the papers, Teo said.

“EDC classes also helped me gain confidence before the real exams. Without them, I guess I wouldn’t be mentally prepared for the exams.”

In addition to producing the two ACCA Malaysian prize winners, Sunway College Kuching also nurtured 19 ACCA affiliates, 58 CAT finalists and 5 London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Diploma holders in the June 2013 examinations.

As of Aug 14, 2013, the college has produced a total of 269 ACCA affiliates, 70 Oxford Brookes University (OBU) graduates, 579 CAT finalists, 143 LCCI Diploma holders, 5 CAT World Prize Winners and 19 ACCA and CAT Malaysian Prize Winners.

The June 2013 exams also saw Sunway Kuching achieve an overall pass rate of 78 per cent across the 12 ACCA papers, while for CAT, the college’s overall pass rate across the 9 papers was 92 per cent.

Such excellent results meant that Sunway was able to maintain its ACCA Platinum-approved Learning Partner status for a seventh consecutive examination sitting. ACCA is an internationally recognised professional accountancy qualification from the United Kingdom that is equivalent to a Masters Degree in Accountancy.

Armed with this qualification and three years of relevant working experience, graduates will be recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and will be able to practise as qualified chartered accountants.

Unlike foreign accounting degree holders (e.g. from countries like the UK, US, Australia or New Zealand), ACCA graduates do not need to sit for professional exams to qualify for MIA recognition as ACCA is one of the 10 overseas accounting bodies that is fully accredited by the MIA. To register for the ACCA course, the student must have completed and passed one of the following: STPM (2 credits in STPM plus 5 credits in SPM, including in English and Mathematics); The Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification; or a diploma or degree from an MQA (Malaysian Qualifications Agency) accredited university or institution.

CAT is a one-year technician level qualification specially designed by ACCA to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to accountancy.

The course is approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and is generally regarded as a stepping stone to the internationally recognized ACCA professional accountancy qualification.

Upon completing CAT, students receive exemption from the three papers (Knowledge Module) at the Fundamentals Level of ACCA. To be eligible to enroll for CAT at Sunway College Kuching, students must obtain a minimum of five credits in SPM, including in English and Mathematics.

Sunway College Kuching has a student population of 1,500 and is the largest tuition provider of accountancy courses in East Malaysia.  The college is a subsidiary of Sunway TES, the single largest CAT / ACCA tuition provider in the world. Sunway Kuching is the first and only tuition provider in East Malaysia, and one of only 4 tuition providers in the whole of Malaysia, to be awarded the Platinum Approved Learning Partner Status by the ACCA.

Sunway Kuching is currently accepting students for its ACCA re-take programme. This re-take programme is targeted at those ACCA students who failed their June 2013 examination and wish to re-sit the paper in the December 2013 examination. For students who have yet to enroll for CAT or ACCA, the next intake at Sunway College Kuching will commence in October 2013 and January 2014 respectively for CAT and ACCA courses.

Those who wish to know more about the ACCA or CAT programme can contact Sunway College Kuching at 082-451221 or visit the college’s campus at Song Plaza, Jalan Song, from 9am to 9pm.

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