The Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong (HKU Business School) and KPMG are collaborating to nurture accounting and business analytics talents.
To kick-off the HKU-KPMG partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) was signed by Professor Hongbin Cai, HKU Dean of Business and Economics, and Ms. Ivy Cheung, Head of Audit, Hong Kong, KPMG China, with the signatures witnessed by Professor Kai Wai Hui, Programme Director of Master of Accounting (MAcct), and Dr. Jingqi Wang, Programme Director of Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSc (BA)) and Mr. David Ko, Head of Audit, and Mr. Stephen Mercer, Deputy Head of Audit, KPMG China.
The MoU outlines the collaboration between HKU Business School and KPMG, with an emphasis on bringing KPMG’s analytics technologies and real-life business experience to students of HKU Business School’s MAcct and MSc (BA) Programmes. With the support from KPMG, students under the two programmes of HKU Business School will gain knowledge of accounting and data analytics through activities such as seminars, industry projects, mentorship and internships.
Professor Hongbin Cai, Dean, HKU Business School, said, “We are very honoured to partner with KPMG, a global network of professional service firms providing audit, tax and advisory services, to render D&A-specific training to our MAcct and MSc (BA) students. Both programmes are designed for individuals who aspire to become competent business leaders. By joining hands with KPMG, our students will be immensely benefited from a wide range of programmes and activities, the knowledge of the latest analytics tools, as well as hands-on experience in real life settings, all of which are preparing them to excel in future careers amidst today’s data-driven business environment. I believe this strong collaboration will nurture more and more talents in accounting and business analytics, and I look forward to the thriving and fruitful alliance with KPMG in the years to come.”
Ms. Ivy Cheung, Head of Hong Kong Audit, KPMG China, said: “It is an honour for KPMG to partner with the HKU Business School. The increasing importance of data and analytics is changing the way the accounting profession provides services today, professionals need to be data-savvy and possess analytical and critical thinking skills to solve client problems. It is KPMG’s intention to advance the education of accounting with data analytics.”
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Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong (HKU Business School) strives to nurture first-class business leaders, and foster academic and research endeavours to serve the needs of Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world in the new Asia-led economy. As Asia’s premier international business school, the School engages leading scholars from all corners of the globe who instil in students global knowledge with an Asian perspective. HKU Business School attracts top students from Hong Kong and beyond. It admits the highest proportion of non-local undergraduate students amongst all Faculties at HKU. Three of its undergraduate programmes are ranked among the University’s top 10 programmes.
The School’s full-time MBA programme has a strong Asia and China focus, and the programme has been ranked Asia’s no. 1 in the World MBA Rankings released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for eight consecutive years from 2010 to 2017. Students can opt for an overseas exchange opportunity to supplement their campus learning in Hong Kong: a London track at London Business School, a New York track at Columbia Business School or a Hong Kong/China track at Fudan University.
HKU Business School also offers an elite EMBA-Global Asia programme, jointly with CBS and LBS, for globally-focused senior executives and professionals. The programme was ranked the world’s best joint EMBA programme in the Global EMBA Rankings 2018 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). Our International MBA Programme, delivered in Shanghai in collaboration with Fudan University, was the first of its kind when it was launched in 1998.
The School is fully accredited by the European Quality Improvement Systems (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
KPMG China operates in 19 cities across China, with around 12,000 partners and staff in Beijing, Beijing Zhongguancun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Foshan, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi’an, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR. With a single management structure across all these offices, KPMG China can deploy experienced professionals efficiently, wherever our client is located.
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 154 countries and territories and have 200,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
In 1992, KPMG became the first international accounting network to be granted a joint venture licence in mainland China. KPMG China was also the first among the Big Four in mainland China to convert from a joint venture to a special general partnership, as of 1 August 2012. Additionally, the Hong Kong office can trace its origins to 1945. This early commitment to the China market, together with an unwavering focus on quality, has been the foundation for accumulated industry experience, and is reflected in the Chinese member firm’s appointment by some of China’s most prestigious companies.
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