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December 14, 2009

Irish institute widens global outlook

CPA Ireland has extended its global ties in response to the financial crisis.

The institute was not previously focused on international recognitions and reciprocities because most members were based in Ireland or engaged in industry overseas. This has changed.

“We have had to revise that approach and we have worked on creating opportunity for our members in markets that have been less affected by the downturn,” CPA Ireland chief executive Eamonn Siggins explained.

The institute has entered into mutual recognition agreements with CGA Canada and CPA Australia and gained audit recognition for its qualification in New Zealand.

“We have looked at three key markets – Australia, Canada, New Zealand – that have been least affected by the banking crisis and are the most likely ports of call for young Irish professionals who want to broaden their horizons,” Siggins said.

CPA Ireland has also been looking more closely at opportunities to collaborate with peer professional bodies.

“We are working closely with our tax institute here in Ireland to develop joint projects on tax, rather than having the two of us doing the same thing,” Siggins said.

“We are working very closely with our universities and institutes of technology to share resources and offer them a market for some of their programmes.”

MBA for members

The institute has entered discussions with a number of organisations and has already secured access for members to the University of Derby’s MBA programme.

“The particular programme they offer suited our purpose, they are quite advanced in terms of online delivery and we are looking at busy professionals using their time to best advantage, so there was mutual opportunity,” Siggins said.

“We have agreed on that mutual opportunity and from next year, CPAs will have access to the MBA programme online and in the classroom and if the numbers are sufficient the University of Derby will set up a tuition centre here at CPA.”

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