The graduation event, held over two ceremonies on Saturday 11 November, was attended by students from 39 countries around the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, Nigeria, Ireland and the UK.
The ground-breaking MSc programme enables students to study for their University of London award at the same time as completing their professional qualification with ACCA, as well as accommodating those that have already completed their professional qualification.
In his opening speech, Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said:
This unique study programme … has been built on the excellent reputation of both the University of London and ACCA, and what this reputation will do, is to single you out as an ambitious and driven professional. In other words, it will get you noticed.
We thank University College London (UCL) and its academics in the School of Management for their support in developing the MSc. Without UCL’s programme direction and commitment, the MSc might not have been such a global success.
Donna May Wheeler, who graduated on Saturday and studied for her MSc in England, said of the course:
The program was challenging, but the learning process gave me great insight into global issues currently, which has enhanced my knowledge tremendously.
Following this course, I am in a much better position to further my career, as I now understand how business, society and government work together to mould the world we live in … I see a bright future due to this achievement. Thank you very much ACCA and University of London for this opportunity.
The keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, Mr Robert Stenhouse, Vice-President of the ACCA Council, and Director of National Accounting and Audit at Deloitte UK, said that the ACCA qualification was a 'badge of trust'.
He continued: 'Add to this a Master's qualification from the University of London, a trusted international institution, and you are showing that you possess a combined academic and professional expertise that equips you well for today's workplace.'
In her closing speech, Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of London, spoke about the global reach of the programme, and that this was: 'testament to the vision of our predecessors who negotiated for the first University of London examinations to be held overseas - in Mauritius on 10 July 1865.' She added: 'I am sure you will all join me in paying tribute to them for the foresight they demonstrated over 150 years ago, from which all of you have profited from today.'