Accounting for Good backs business degree for Indigenous students
Financial management services firm Accounting for Good will support a new business degree designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals by offering a prize for the top student in the UTS Business School program.
The first group of students in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Indigenous) began their studies earlier this year, and the inaugural award of the Accounting for Good Prize will be made in 2016.
The BBA program is aimed at Indigenous professionals who already have valuable experience but want to add a degree qualification to their CV. The executive-style course is primarily for emerging leaders and aspiring executives, managers and administrators from the private sector, the public sector and community-based organisations.
Accounting for Good is a financial management services firm that partners with not-for-profits. It is part of the Matrix on Board Group, which has been helping to build management and financial capability within NFP organisations since 1997.
'I have seen great things happen
when not-for-profits take control of their destinies
through good planning and diligent execution'
“I have seen great things happen when not-for-profits take control of their destinies through good planning and diligent execution,” Accounting for Good chief executive Morri Young says. “The BBA will help that to occur as graduates take their new skills and expertise back to organisations.”
Sonya Pearce, Indigenous Program Coordinator at UTS Business School, welcomed support for the BBA from Accounting for Good. “We share a common interest in providing people with the tools they need to make informed and ethical decisions, so they can advance the good work of Indigenous services and organisations,” she says.
The BBA covers the core functions of business administration, including accounting, finance and management. It is taught in residential mode, where students attend classes at UTS for three six-day blocks per semester as part of their studies. This gives students the flexibility of studying while continuing to work and balance other responsibilities.
The degree – involving the equivalent of three years full-time study – is aimed at people seeking to move into senior or executive positions and builds on students’ existing workforce expertise and community knowledge. The initial group of students ranges in age from people in their 20s through to their 50s, with backgrounds as diverse as government and the mining industry.
Photo: From left, Sonya Pearce, Morri Young and UTS Business School Development Manager Ian Larkham - Image Credit: Nathan Rodger