NTU has launched a new Accountancy work-study degree programme at Nanyang Business School (NBS) that gives students a chance to work at established accounting firms and other premier employers during their studies, and to progress into junior management roles upon graduation.
Deloitte Singapore is the first industry partner to come on board the programme, offering up to 50 internship positions in Advisory, Audit & Assurance, and Taxation to NBS students each year.
NTU’s work-study students at Deloitte will also receive a higher internship stipend and may secure full-time, permanent employment with a higher entry-level position at the company after their graduation.
Professor Christina Soh, Dean, Nanyang Business School (NBS) said, "We are privileged to have Deloitte as our first industry partner for this new Accountancy work-study degree programme. Collaborations with industry leaders, such as Deloitte, are essential for our students to gain first-hand experience and work-relevant skills that will enable them to start their first jobs with confidence. This will greatly enhance our students’ employability in the highly competitive financial industry, while also meeting the industry’s demand for quality graduates.”
Some 30 accountancy students will begin their first internship term at Deloitte next month for a duration of 25 to 30 weeks.
Mr Cheung Pui Yuen, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Singapore said, “We look forward to welcoming the students into our Deloitte family and to play a key role in nurturing and shaping the next generation of professionals. The ultimate goal for us is to provide the students a robust understanding of real-world processes, so that they can be future-ready, be resilient in a world where change is the only constant and have the skills to keep themselves relevant amidst the changes. This will go a long way to enhance their employability and readiness to thrive in full-time employment, be it with Deloitte or with any other organisation.”
While the three-year work-study programme is similar in length as the regular Accountancy degree programme and enjoys the same accreditation, students must complete an internship period of at least 35 weeks, which is three times longer than the regular course’s professional attachment of 10 weeks.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the accountancy industry’s inner workings by closely integrating classroom learning with structured on-the-job training during their internship.Besides pursuing specialised courses in accountancy, students will also complete core courses in other areas, such as communications, decision-making programming and analytics, business law, ethics and sustainability.