International accountancy programme launches
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MAIA (HIT) is the result of cooperation between CityU and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). Offered by CityU's Department of Accountancy (AC), MAIA (HIT)is perhaps one of the few full-fledged programmes in the Faculty of Business now offered in mainland China, the content and requirements of which are almost identical to those of the programme offered in Hong Kong. The MAIA (HIT) programme, which will start next Saturday, 20 February, and last more than a year, is run in an intensive mode. For each course, students are require to attend classes on Saturdays and Sundays for three weeks in a row, taking an exam in the fourth and a break in the fifth week. Students are required to take 10 courses. AC professors will travel north to Shenzhen to give lectures, using the same materials designed for the Hong Kong students.
Most of the first cohort of students, according to Dr Tony Shieh , Programme Director of MAIA Shenzhen and Assistant Professor of AC, are qualified Chinese certified public accountants, key business and finance executives in firms and high-ranking government officials. Mostly in their late twenties to mid thirties, they are upwardly mobile professionals looking for an international perspective in accountancy training, in the context of China's increasing importance in the global business community.
After lunch, which was sponsored by the Australian Society of CPA's, the students were given a detailed presentation of the Faculty, the academic focus of the MAIA programme before touring the library, the computing services centre and sports complex.
The Faculty of Business, according to Professor Chan, is premised on "3 Q" education: quality professional education for students; quality applied research with impact; and quality academic culture for faculty members.
MAIA may also be the harbinger of a future deluge. The University is poised to expand its offer of programmes in mainland China, starting, perhaps, in the Pearl River Delta region.