The Regional Director of Middle East, South Asia and North Africa of CIMA was upbeat of the record intake for CIMA in 2012 which was a 20% year on year growth.
Speaking to the Education Times, Mr Emerson quoted “it is very encouraging to note that our future generation and their parents are making the right choice in choosing CIMA to enhance the professional capabilities. Being a mature market, it is phenomenal to see a 20% year on year growth and it is further encouraging to see significant contribution from Galle, Matara, Batticaloa, Jaffna and the central province. This growth no doubt is an outcome of a collaborated effort of both the staff and CIMA tuition providers. It is clearly the conviction of the tuition providers that CIMA is the most appropriate qualification for the next generation.
The growth of close to 5,000 registrations in 2012 makes Sri Lanka still the largest market outside the UK with 16% market share. Globally CIMA has registered over 29,000 students which is again a phenomenal year on year growth and certifies the acceptance of the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation across the world.
The forecast for next decade is that globally there will be shortage of talent fit for purpose. It will no more be the mere head count that companies will be concerned about, but the heads that count. It is all about attitude, skills, adoptability that the employer market globally will seek in the future.
CIMA is already researching to develop its 2015 syllabus and over 100 focus group discussions have been conducted in almost 35 countries to design the curriculum. Given the opportunity Sri Lanka has post conflict and the challenges of meeting the talent supply CIMA fits in perfectly as an enabler to transform the national ability to global capability.
The events that CIMA runs through the year on thought leadership and professional development for members and skill development for students are clearly planned for the purpose of helping people and businesses to succeed.
The Corporate Partner programme that we run together with top shelf companies in the country is a successful collaboration to nurture the talent in the future. Similarly, the innovative Leader Link programme launched in 2012 brings together the successful CIMA qualified business leaders in contact with young aspiring CIMA graduates to learn firsthand what text books don’t teach.
In conclusion, Mr Emerson reiterated the urgency to recognize the need to provide our talent with international skills and capabilities, if we as a nation are to compete in the global playing field. The right prescription for developing capabilities is probably the most noblest deed one could do to his country. We at CIMA are proud to be partnering with our tuition colleges, corporate partners and Ministry of Higher Education in transforming Sri Lanka’s national ability to global capability by imparting CIMA’s curriculum ‘the next generation qualification’.