The next generation of business and finance leaders wined and dined with the region’s top businesses last week, as the UNE Business School hosted the annual Chartered Practicing Accountants of Australia awards dinner.
Acting Head of the UNE Business School, Dr Jennifer Rindfleish said the awards evening provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the students’ hard work and their commitment to obtaining a degree.
“It also provides an opportunity for representatives of CPA and leading businesses in the region to meet some of our top-ranking students and perhaps develop a mentoring or cadetship arrangement for the future.”
CPA NSW General Manager David Lee presented 27 merit certificates to UNE students finishing in the top 5 per cent of CPA accredited units, while a further 150 certificates were designated for students, external and internal, who were unable to attend the night.
Armidale-based first year student Dana McQuestin and Second Year student Melissa Carey, from Coffs Harbour were also presented major awards as most distinguished performers in their cohorts.
“The Certified Practising Accountant designation is a mark of high professional competence. It indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge,” Dr Rindfleish said.
“As the provider of one of the worlds most recognised post-graduate business qualifications, it is fitting that CPA Australia take such a keen interest in and recognition of accounting and business students who are showing dedication in their undergraduate studies.
“It is also a valuable relationship for the UNE Business School in helping to ensure that our own subject matter and course design is best suited to prepare our graduates to meet the needs of industry, not only in finance and accounting but across all of the business management spectrum.”