The Schulich School of Business at York Universityin Toronto - Canada's third-largest university - announcedlast week a partnership with theAssociation of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which will provide an ACCA-accreditation pathway for Schulich MBA and Master of Accounting students, as well as "advanced standing" for ACCA members gaining their MBA at the University.

The pathway will allow Schulich MBA students specializing in accounting and Master of Accounting students to directly enter the Professional Level exams required for ACCA-designation upon their graduation. ACCA members, as well as affiliates with an undergraduate degree, may also see earlier completion of obtaining a Schulich MBA or Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree under the new agreement.

The partnership was announced on June 16 at the ACCA’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto.

“The ACCA accreditation means that Schulich students who are enrolled in the School’s Master of Accounting program and MBA accounting specialization will have a more direct route to achieve a globally recognized professional accounting designation, ACCA, which is recognized in 80 countries around the world,” said Marcia Annisette, director of the University's Master of Accounting program, per a statement. “Now, Schulich’s accounting students can choose between two excellent career options: the ACCA stream or the existing stream.”

“ACCA’s partnership with the Schulich School of Business showcases our ongoing dedication to further advance the development of the accountancy profession globally," stated Suzanne Godbehere, head of ACCA Canada. "Through combining our expertise with Schulich’s longstanding tradition of training professionals of the highest [caliber], students will have the skills and competencies demanded by today’s business world, and will be prepared for rewarding careers.” 

Founded in 1904, the ACCA represents the global body for professional accountants, offering support to its 178,000 members and 455,000 students across 181 countries, 

For more on the ACCA, head to the Association'ssite here.