Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:38
In yet another groundbreaking initiative, the Strategic Level Examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will go global this week, turning a new chapter in the institute’s illustrious 53-year long history.
Slated to be held in June and July respectively, the strategic level exams will be held in Qatar for the benefit of CA Sri Lanka students who are living and working there. The CA Sri Lanka overseas examinations will be conducted in the strictest of standards with CA Sri Lanka examinations supervisors expected to supervise the exam sessions in Qatar to ensure the same level of standards are adhered to as practiced in Sri Lanka.
The examinations in Qatar will be conducted at the same time as in Sri Lanka.
Speaking on the landmark initiative, CA Sri Lanka President Sujeewa Rajapakse declared that it is for the first time in the institute’s five decade long history that a CA Sri Lanka exam is being conducted outside Sri Lanka.
“This is indeed a very proud moment for all of us at the institute, and it also strengthens our position as a global player in the accounting world,” he noted.
He noted that the institute has over 41,000 students who are currently studying the institute’s globally recognised qualification, and some of these students who have completed the preliminary stages have already secured employment overseas successfully and it is for their benefit that the CA examinations are held so they can complete their course of study no matter where they are located.
“We have a considerable number of members and students serving in various positions in the Middle East including in Qatar as well as in other parts of the world, and as a pilot project we have decided to hold the examination in Qatar as an initial step, and subsequent to this we will consider holding CA exams in other parts of the world where we have a large number of students living and working,” Rajapakse added.
Chief Executive Officer of CA Sri Lanka Aruna Alwis noted that the decision to hold exams overseas was taken by the CA Sri Lanka Council following overwhelming requests from both students and members based outside Sri Lanka, thereby giving students the unique opportunity to sit for Institute exams despite not being in Sri Lanka.
“CA Sri Lanka will kick off its overseas exam drive in Qatar and will add more countries based on the demand in the coming months. The exams will be held in the strictest of standards as observed in Sri Lanka with the same amount of supervision which will be administered by officials of the Institute,” he added.