The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)announced on Monday that four more universities have joined the IIA'sInternal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP)program.

The IAEP program gives students the chance to study internal audit at the collegiate level to better prepare them for both their early careers in the field and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.

The IAEP awarded two Foundation-Level approvals (representing the first level of IAEP partnership) to Marmara University in Turkey and the University of Texas at El Paso. The organization additionally offered Comprehensive-Level approval to Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa. Kennesaw State University, in Georgia, was recognized as a Center-Level university; the highest-level partnership offered.

The recent additions place the IAEP program in 48 universities across 12 countries.

“I am thrilled to see the number of IAEP universities expanding, especially in a global capacity, which is demonstrated by the scope of the four universities recently approved by the IAEP,” stated IIA president and CEO Richard Chambers. “Education is of paramount significance in terms of investing in the next generation of internal auditors, and to know that university programs for internal audit education are increasing on an international scale indicates great accomplishment for the IAEP.”

The IAEP will also hold its annualIAEP Program Networking ConferenceSept. 16-18 in Orlando, Fla, a special event for internal audit students to network and exchange ideas with educators, corporate sponsors and employers.

For more on the IAEP program, head to the IIA'ssite here.