TERENGGANU, March 6 (Bernama) -- SALIHIN and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) is pleased today to announce the official launching of the world’s first Teaching Accountancy Firm (TAF) at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), by guest of honor, Minister of Higher Education, YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh.
The TAF, which is a branch of SALIHIN and located at UMT’s School of Maritime Business and Management, is a joint collaboration between SALIHIN and UMT to provide a unique and advanced learning and practical training platform for both accounting lecturers and students. “It is a hallmark of SALIHIN’s innovative practical solution addressing the unmet needs and challenges facing the nation, the industry and the academia in nurturing and producing industry-ready graduates,” said Salihin Abang, Managing Partner of SALIHIN, Chartered Accountants.
He believes that accountancy related subjects, such as financial accounting, direct taxation, GST, auditing, company secretarial practice and the like, are practical in nature, yet students and lecturers are not adequately exposed to real-life industry practice in the learning process. Ironically, these students are expected to meet industry standards and ready for absorption in the profession. Concerns about skill-mismatch, incompetency and other graduate employability issues are best addressed with the concept of TAF, just like a Teaching Hospital.
The TAF is a great platform SALIHIN and UMT introduced in the world accounting fraternity to integrate real-life industry environment with teaching and learning environment for holistic engagement with students and lecturers. Thus, it will provide strong, effective, efficient, and sustainable capacity building to both lecturers and students.
The uniqueness of this initiative is that it is jointly managed and ran by SALIHIN and UMT. SALIHIN is made up of a group of distinct entities tailoring unique and independent consulting services in the areas of auditing and assurance, taxation (direct and indirect), shariah auditing, business advisory and corporate finance. Meanwhile UMT is the focused-marine based university that has undergone various transformations for better quality of human capital formation.
This marriage between SALIHIN and UMT is expected to contribute immensely in nurturing and producing quality employable accounting graduates by bridging the gap between theory and practice in a real-industry atmosphere.