ICBS being the first in the country to be affiliated with one of the world’s leading Scottish University’s, The University of the West of Scotland ( UWS), now takes a further step in delivering value to the students in the country through this affiliation, by offering the BA ( Hons) International Business and Finance degree from UWS that is coupled with 5 direct memberships and exemptions from 10 professional qualifications. Director of ICBS Mr. Pravinth Rajaratnam, commented “What is truly unique about this program is that it is the only qualification in the world to give such a host of exemptions and access to such a large number of memberships at the same time.” Explaining further, he said that these included 13 exemptions from CIMA becoming the first in the world , 9 exemptions from ACCA, 8 exemptions from CIPFA and 8 exemptions from ICAEW. Additionally, the memberships offered comprised of direct entry into associate memberships of Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Financial accountants, Institute of Public Accountants, CPA Australia and AAT.
Giving an insight into the merits of the degree, Rajaratnam stated that it has been developed in partnership with industry, employers and professional associations and offers a broad-based, integrated perspective on business from operational to strategic levels. This he affirmed, will therefore give an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the core concepts, theories, practices and techniques of international business alongside a thorough grounding in accounting and finance. The focus on topical issues in international business and how organizations design and implement international business strategy, together with specialist subjects in finance ensures that students acquire the knowledge, analytical and interpersonal skills needed to understand and manage complex organizations across national borders, especially in international trade, foreign direct investment and accounting and finance principles and techniques. A highly qualified and experienced team of lecturers, supported by industry guest speakers, will further deepen the participants understanding. Varied assessment formats that include case studies and portfolio building are also a part of the curriculum. In addition to the up-to-date syllabus content, the requirements of industry being incorporated into the qualification ensures that students graduate with skills and qualifications that are demanded by the industry, making them truly work ready and employable graduates. “Offering such a specialized study that allows for a deeper appreciation of relevant theories in both business & finance and helps build a critical appreciation of the wider business environment means that the degree will ultimately be an excellent preparation for a wide range of professional and leadership roles in any industry” concluded Rajaratnam.