NTU, Deloitte Singapore launch accountancy work-study degree programme

Deloitte Singapore will be NTU's first industry partner. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - To enhance students' employability and job readiness, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is launching a new accountancy work-study degree programme.

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte Singapore will be the university's first industry partner.

The three-year programme at Nanyang Business School (NBS) will allow students to gain on-the-job experience at established accounting firms and other premier employers during their studies, and progress into junior management roles upon graduation, NTU said on Thursday (Nov 19).

Some 30 accountancy students will start from December their first internship term under the programme with Deloitte for a duration of 25 to 30 weeks.

Under this partnership, Deloitte will offer up to 50 internship positions in advisory, audit and 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 Deloitte after their graduation.

The work-study programme is similar in duration to the regular Accountancy degree programme and enjoys the same accreditation.

Upon completion of their course, students will be conferred a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from NTU.

However, students in the work-study programme must complete an internship period of at least 35 weeks, which is more than three times longer than the regular accountancy degree course's professional attachment of 10 weeks.

The 35 weeks of internship account for about 30 per cent of the programme's duration.

NTU said: "The programme's longer job attachment will provide undergraduates a deeper understanding of the accountancy industry's inner workings by closely integrating classroom learning with structured on-the-job training.

"Students benefit from acquiring technical and soft skills, greater exposure to the professional work environment, and deeper understanding of real-world practices."

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