changes in technology and the business world have also compelled CIMA to launch extensive global research to change their framework to adapt
and equip finance professionals with the skills to meet current and future
research revealed the need to develop an updated 2015 syllabus incorporating a
competency framework that addresses the skills and competencies employers
expect from their finance team, as well as a new assessment processes.
employers identified not only core accounting and finance skills as crucial but
also business acumen, people skills and leadership skills. These insights were
instrumental in creating a syllabus that ensures that the CIMA qualification remains relevant and meets the needs of
students and employers. Besides supporting better business, this also enhances
the employability of CIMA members.
New topic areas relevant to accounting in business - such as managing big data,
finance function transformation and sustainability - have been included, with
integrated case studies added to consolidate learning and reflect real-life
work situations. It has also strengthened existing modules to increase
education in areas such as cost management and risk awareness.
consideration in putting together the new syllabus was looking into Generation
Y. This younger generation learns differently and has different expectations
from the workplace than previous generations. The findings resulted in a change
in the way CIMA assess the competencies, taking advantage of improvements in
technology, and reflecting the changes in the workplace.
the first global accountancy body to pioneer a combination of computerised
assessments to examine the syllabus. Each subject will be assessed not only by
an objective test, but also by an integrated case study, which combines the
knowledge and learning across the three pillars at each level of the syllabus.
clear that CIMA is committed to supporting the next generation of global
finance leaders. The 2015 syllabus ensures that CIMA stays relevant to
employers and aligns the learning experience of candidates more to the real
world of business.
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