Master of Professional Accounting
Annie Liu knew Otago’s MProfAcct course programme would give her a good understanding of accounting, but she hadn’t counted on all the extras that come with study at New Zealand’s oldest university.
Annie says a feature of the MProfAcct was the “wonderful” way the programme’s teachers and tutors explained content.
“They took care of every person in the class, making sure that we all kept up with the learning. What impressed me most was that two of our teachers gave me a lot of help with data and revisions for my thesis. When I was faced with failure and upset, they supported and encouraged me. I successfully completed the thesis and achieved good results, and I really appreciate their input.”
Completing the MProfAcct enables Annie to take CPA and ACCA exemption courses, and she can qualify for provisional membership of CAANZ, which she says is “really helpful for my accounting career development.”
Another drawcard for Annie was Otago’s long and proud tradition of academic excellence.
“I really wanted to study at an old university with a long history, good culture and great learning atmosphere. You can’t find a more beautiful university than Otago’s Dunedin campus.”
At Otago, Annie also discovered that she enjoyed fitness and health. A highlight was free access to Unipol gym, and she took part in a number of interesting courses co-ordinated by OUSA.
“I signed up to learn ballet – that was a fantastic experience.
“I tried a lot of new things, learned a lot and made many friends. I participated in university activities, travelled with friends, and joined the party to meet new people. I really enjoyed studying with my friends in the library. That is a precious memory for me.”
After graduation Annie became an accountant and completed the CAANZ tax module. She is now preparing for the MAAF module and says the skills and knowledge she gained on the MPA course were great preparation for this.
“At Otago, I learned better self-discipline, time management and self-learning. These skills all help me balance my study and work. My employers believe the MProfAcct is a good foundation for practical accounting work. They also believe that graduates from Otago are ‘young guns with old school values’.”