By Billy Bayo
The Uganda Christian University (UCU) Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance (BSAF) program has achieved international accreditation from theAssociation of Chartered Certified Accountants(ACCA).

ACCA is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition who seek a career in accountancy, finance and management. UCU graduates who choose to apply for ACCA receive five exemptions based upon these courses: Accountant in Business (F1), Management Accounting (F2) Financial Accounting (F3), Corporate Law (F4) and Financial Reporting (F7).  The application eligibility holds for up to three years after graduation.

“This increases the employability of our graduates,” said Agume Antony, a lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Administration. He explained that the new accreditation reinforces that UCU students in the BSAF program have acquired learning in the context of real-world accounting skill and method applications. The ACCA validation is further proof that students can  “ produce innovative solutions to problems related to accounting and financial management,” she said.

Godfrey Sempungu, the Associate Dean of Faculty of Business and Administration, concurred, adding that the accreditation is “yet another testament of quality and growth of the faculty and the university.”

Ms. Patcy Tumusiime, a 2018 first-class graduand of BSAF with ambitions of being an auditor, expressed optimism for the recognition.

“It will be great for us who have studied BSAF,” she said during a phone interview. “It will definitely give us a platform to explore this field. I am sure this can lead me to my dream because I am passionate about accounting.”

According to Ms. Mercy Nabwire, a staff member at the Faculty of Business and Administration, the recognition will help in growing the number of new entrants to the program and bolster the image of the university.

“It is a great achievement for the faculty that another of its programs receives this international recognition, we are grateful, and hope for better days to come,” she said.

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