The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has announced record growth figures for 2012 as the institute’s global footprint continues to expand. Over 29,000 new students joined CIMA last year, taking the total population of students and members to over 200,000.
CIMA, the world’s largest professional body of management accountants, enjoyed massive growth in new and emerging markets. In the United Arab Emirates, the CIMA population increased by 30 percent, attracting both students and business & finance professional from across varied sectors ranging from retail, telecoms, construction, etc.
Furthermore, CIMA has expanded its presence across the GCC region by signing employers from the public and private sectors for its CIMA Training Partners program. CIMA Training Partner is a global status awarded to employers who are committed to developing their team’s relevant skills. It is a prestigious title for employers to display externally and internally and assures the employer’s clients on the strong business ethics and practices followed.
Geetu Ahuja, Head of GCC, CIMA, said: “CIMA has received extremely positive feedback from employers across the world. They recognise CIMA as having the most consistent standards worldwide and as the most valued qualification in terms of mobility – both cross-departmentally and between countries.
“In the UAE, we’re growing steadily and seeing a keen interest from students and employers alike. More and more people are recognizing that the CIMA qualifications, with various certificates offered in both English and Arabic, are a valuable asset not just to their resume but to their companies. These companies are then investing in upholding the CIMA skills their employees have acquired.
To become even more accessible to those interested in the CIMA qualifications, we are heavily involved in education fairs such is GETEX this April and have relocated our offices in the UAE to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). We hope this will encourage those interested in advancing their careers to review the CIMA curriculum and invest in their future with us.”