Malaysian students beat 7000 others worldwide to emerge at the top of ICAEW examinations

Accounting Education Finance
Rebecca Wong Shin Ai

(Spin Digit Editorial):- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mar 4, 2021 ( – Two Malaysian students have emerged as the top scorers in recent examinations for the ICAEW ACA qualification. The Malaysian students beat 7000 other aspiring chartered accountants from around the world, gaining the highest scores in Professional Level examinations, part of the internationally recognised ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA.

In the exams, Rebecca Wong Shin Ai received the Simon Morris Memorial prize for achieving the highest average score amongst non-graduate students who started the accountancy programme immediately after secondary school. She was also awarded the Arthur Swinson prize for coming in sixth among all students globally who have completed the ICAEW Professional Level. 

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Meanwhile, another Malaysian student, Leong Kher Huey, was awarded the Watts prize for the highest score among those who sat for the ICAEW Professional Level Audit and Assurance examination.

Malaysia has produced more ICAEW prize winners than any other country internationally outside the United Kingdom.

“Once again, it is great to see our Malaysian students achieve such incredible results. Training for the ACA is a rigorous but rewarding process as it equips graduates with the knowledge and skills for business, finance, and accountancy which are transferable across a number of industries.

“We are also very grateful to our committed tuition providers, without whom we would not be able to achieve these exemplary results, for guiding our students. Seeing more and more students start the qualification early after high school is encouraging because this will enable them to focus on their studies and gain employment at a young age. Starting the qualification early also improves their chances of being hired at world-class firms, which is what we want for all our potential members. These two students winning the world prizes is a good representation of what hard work and dedication can achieve.” commented Loh Wei Yuen, Head of ICAEW Malaysia.

21-year-old Rebecca began working towards her ICAEW Chartered Accountancy qualification at Sunway TES directly after completing her A-Levels at Methodist College KL. She recently joined Ernst & Young Malaysia’s assurance and audit department and attributes her successful employment to the knowledge acquired from ICAEW modules that covered a wide range of subjects, allowed her to develop her skills, and gave a holistic view of the industry.

Kher Huey is currently a final year student pursuing a Bachelor of Accounting at Universiti Malaya. She will be starting an internship at Ernst & Young Malaysia later this year. She decided to begin working toward the highly sought-after ACA qualification by attending classes at Sunway TES while studying for her accounting degree because she wanted to get a head start towards completing the ICAEW ACA examinations sooner.

The ICAEW Chartered Accountancy qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It provides students with a combination of finance knowledge, accountancy skills, and real-world business experience and is valued around the world in business, practice, and the public sector.


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