Ivey Business School's Honors Business Administration Program accredited by The Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada)



    LONDON, ON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - CMA Canada, the world leader in shaping
strategic management accounting professionals to lead successful enterprises
in the global marketplace has awarded, for a five-year period, the
accreditation of the Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration (HBA)
Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western
Ontario.
    CMA Canada accredits programs at leading universities which provide
complete coverage of the CMA Competency Map Entrance Requirements, equipping
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.
    Beginning 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 of Ivey's Honors
Business Administration Program demonstrates the university's ability to meet
the strict accreditation requirements set out by CMA Canada," said Steve
Vieweg, MBA, CMA, FCMA, President and CEO of CMA Canada. "The school offers
innovative approaches to course design and delivery, supported by exceptional
faculty resources, and a clear commitment to top-notch education."
    Vieweg confirmed that the Richard Ivey School of Business is among an
exclusive group of universities across Canada to have an undergraduate
accounting program accredited by CMA Canada.
    "For Ivey's HBA students to be exempted from the CMA Entrance Examination
speaks to the rigorous nature of Ivey's standards and is a competitive
advantage for our students. The CMA's Strategic Leadership program is a
natural fit for our students, one in which I know our students will thrive,"
said Carol Stephenson, Dean, Richard Ivey School of Business.
    Students who successfully complete the BA in Honors Business
Administration with a focus in Accounting with a minimum grade point average
of 75 per cent are exempt from writing the CMA Entrance Examination. This
select group of students will enter directly into the Strategic Leadership
Program, the last step required to obtain the CMA designation.
    "Our partnership with the Richard Ivey School of Business, and more
specifically the HBA degree program, is a perfect fit. Ivey's HBA students are
immersed in cross-enterprise leadership. Career management and networking are
top of mind with Ivey HBA students. The depth of learning and skills acquired
through the CMA designation and Ivey HBA degree will speak volumes to
prospective employers and will pave the way for this next generation of young
professionals to find innovative solutions to the many challenges in today's
marketplace," said Merv Hillier, MBA, CMA, FCMA, President and CEO, CMA
Ontario.
    Vieweg emphasized that CMA Canada accreditation of programs at leading
universities sets the standard for quality education in business and
accounting in Canada, "The Richard Ivey School of Business exemplifies this
standard, and is to be commended for the outstanding quality of its
instruction and its graduates."

    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.

    About the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western
    Ontario

    The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario
(www.ivey.ca) offers undergraduate (HBA) and graduate (MBA, Executive MBA and
PhD) degree programs in addition to non-degree Executive Development programs.
Ivey has campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto, and Hong Kong. Ivey recently
redesigned its curriculum to focus on Cross-Enterprise Leadership - a holistic
issues-based approach to management education that meets the demands of
today's complex global business world.





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, Email:
sgodbehere@cma-canada.org; Dawn Milne, Communications Specialist, Richard Ivey
School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Tel. (519) 850-2536,
Email: dmilne@ivey.ca

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