BAA in accounting program accredited by CMA Canada



    Accounting excellence in the spotlight at ESG UQAM

    MONTREAL, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - CMA Canada, the world leader in shaping
strategic management accounting professionals to lead enterprises in the
global marketplace, has renewed the accreditation of the BAA in Accounting
program at the School of Management of the Université du Québec à Montréal
(ESG UQAM).
    CMA Canada is the first professional accounting organization in North
America to accredit programs at leading universities. These programs, which
provide complete coverage of the CMA Competency Map Entrance Requirements,
equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills in management accounting,
financial accounting, financial management and taxation, strategic management,
and risk management and governance. These skills are required for mastering
the advanced concepts covered in CMA Canada's Strategic Leadership Program,
leading to the prestigious CMA designation.
    In 2000, CMA Canada implemented an accreditation process to recognize
institutions that offer quality educational programs according to prescribed
standards. Accreditation by CMA Canada offers universities a measurement
process that is based on self-evaluation and peer review, coupled with
external evaluation by CMA Canada. "The accreditation renewal of the ESG UQAM
BAA in Accounting program is a testament to the university meeting the
demanding accreditation requirements set out by CMA Canada," said Steve
Vieweg, CMA, FCMA, President and CEO of CMA Canada. "ESG offers innovative
approaches to course design and delivery, supported by outstanding faculty
resources, effective evaluation of student performance, and a commitment to
quality education."
    ESG UQAM is among an exclusive group of schools of management across
Canada to have an undergraduate accounting program accredited by CMA Canada.
In addition, ESG UQAM offers the exclusive CMA-MBA Executive Program available
at only four universities in Quebec. In recognition of the rigour and high
standards of university programs accredited by CMA Canada, graduates who
successfully complete the programs with a minimum grade point average of 75%,
or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, are exempted from writing the CMA Entrance Examination.
"Our programs, which are acknowledged to be innovative and oriented on actual
practice and the needs of the labour market, along with the high quality of
the research done within our walls, contribute to the fine reputation of our
School of Management," said ESG UQAM Dean Ginette Legault. "Our close and
long-standing links with the Quebec CMA Order promote achievement of our goal
of excellence in accounting."
    "The accreditation relationship between universities and CMA Canada is
based on co-operation and mutual respect, assuring universities that the
results are objective and credible," said François Renauld, FCMA, President
and Executive Director, Quebec CMA Order. "The intent of CMA Canada
accreditation is not to produce a standardized accounting or business
curriculum. Instead, we encourage universities to adopt diverse approaches to
course design and delivery, since innovation is considered indicative of a
commitment to continuous improvement."
    Vieweg emphasized that CMA Canada accreditation of programs at leading
universities sets the standard for quality education in business and
accounting in Canada. "ESG UQAM exemplifies this standard, and is to be
commended for the outstanding quality of its accounting program."

    About CMA Canada

    With 40,000 certified members around the world, CMA Canada grants a
professional designation in strategic management accounting(TM) and is
responsible for standards-setting, accreditation and the continuing
professional development of CMAs. CMAs provide an integrating perspective to
business decision-making, applying a unique blend of expertise in accounting,
management and strategy to identify new market opportunities, ensure corporate
accountability, and help organizations maintain a long-term competitive
advantage. To optimize the performance of global enterprises and build
strategic management accounting(TM) skills, CMA Canada offers innovative
executive development programs, advanced online courses, and internationally
recognized knowledge management publications. For more information, visit
www.cma-canada.org

    Accounting expertise at ESG UQAM

    ESG UQAM ranks among the world's top 100 international schools of
management, according to EQUIS accreditation. It coordinates its research and
teaching activities around ten main areas of expertise, one of which is
accounting. Students from its Accountancy Department have earned many prizes
and distinctions and for several years have posted above-average results in
the examinations given by the professional orders. In addition, the Corporate
Reporting Chair is interested in all issues pertaining to the transparency and
quality of financial and non-financial information. For more information, see
www.esg.uqam.ca





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Suzanne K. Godbehere, Vice
President, Public Affairs and Communications, CMA Canada, Tel. (905) 949-3106,
Toll-free: 1-800-262-7622, ext. 3106, E-Mail: sgodbehere@cma-canada.org; Julie
Desjardins, Coordinator, Marketing and Media, Ordre des comptables en
management accrédités du Québec, Tel. (514) 849-1155, ext. 239, Toll-free:
1-800-263-5390, E-Mail: j.desjardins@cma-quebec.org; Jenny Desrochers, Media
Advisor, Media Relations and Special Events Division, Communications
Department, Université du Québec à Montréal, Tel.: (514) 987-3000, ext. 7730,
E-mail: desrochers.jennifer@uqam.ca

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