CPA Australia awards top UNE students

Published 13 October 2009

cpa_awards_2009The University of New England’s most outstanding accounting and finance students  have been recognised by Australia’s national accounting peak body, CPA Australia.

More than 178 awards were presented last Friday to the top-ranking students in UNE’s School of Business, Economics and Public Policy.

UNE Chancellor, Dr Richard Torbay extended his congratulations to students and staff of the School, and said the awards were evidence of the high teaching quality and calibre of UNE students.

Dr Torbay stressed the importance of industry links, and the benefits of strategic relationships between educational providers like UNE, and industry associations, like CPA Australia for young people at the beginnings of their careers.

“UNE’s School of Business, Economics and Public Policy and CPA Australia have a strong, and long-term relationship that has provides enormous benefits for both students and staff at UNE.

“A key feature of the relationship is the regular visits by high-profile CPA Australia members to the University,” Dr Torbay said.

Vice Chancellor and CEO, Professor Alan Pettigrew suggested the awards provided an opportunity for CPA Australia to meet some of UNE’s top ranking students.

“Regular visits by industry organisations significantly negate the potential professional isolation of being in a regional area, and help establish strong and productive national networks not only for our staff but also for our students.

“When they visit, the people from CPA Australia spend an extraordinary amount of time talking one-on-one with students, as well as giving more formal talks,” Professor Pettigrew said.

NSW Director of CPA Australia Ron Switzer said he was pleased that the strong relationship between the accounting and finance peak body and UNE provided tangible benefits to students.

“The awards are designed to provide an opportunity for both CPA Australia and the University to recognize and celebrate the hard work and commitment of business students upon graduation.

“Today’s business students will be tomorrow’s business leaders, and it’s important that the outstanding achievements of UNE business students are recognized and provided with a much encouragement as possible during the early stages of career development,” Mr Switzer said.