The Universal Alliance in Accounting Education
An alliance under the patronage of the International Institute of Certified Professional Accountants Verein IICPA ®, an association organized under the laws of Switzerland promoting the interests of international accounting and finance educators and professionals, firms and practitioners on this


University Alliance in Accounting Education is a world-wide network of innovative higher education institutions with a rather uniform and comparable accouning curriculum, a commitment to excellent teaching and training,Note 1 commercial and industrial engagement, and impact from application research. To international students, we are the gateway to academic accounting education through student exchange and professional accounting credentialing, providing an outstanding level of preparation for entrance into the profession.

    International student and faculty exchange like "[t]ravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." [...] "Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
    — By Mark Twain (1835-1910)
UAAEd's members are IICPA Accounting-accredited Faculties at international university-level Schools of Business, in association with multinational companies and other sponsors, promoting a dual degree programme:
  • A Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in accounting, finance, and/or management and related fields from the participating institution;
  • Coupled with a professional accounting review course at the participating institution, plus an examination given by the International Institute of Certified Professional Accountants IICPA based on the content of its ICPA Exam Review;
  • Award of the designation International Certified Professional Accountant® and ICPA® by the IICPA for candidates with an examination pass rate of 75% and over. The ICPA® is a life-time designation. See for details. The ACPA®, the Associate Certified Professional Accountant, is availale for successful candidates following a 2-year accounting Diploma course and IICPA-examination.

Faculty and Student Exchange

UAAEd incudes a one-year student and faculty exchange program, encouraging faculty and students in their second or third year of a four-year undergraduate program, or their final year on a graduate program, to study at another UAAEd-member college or university for full credit towards their final degree by their home institution.

    International faculty & student exchange like... "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

    — By Mark Twain (1835-1910)

IICPA Accounting Accreditation

The Accounting Accreditation of participating Schools of Business follows the criteria set our by the IICPA as published on its website.

AASBI Business Accreditation — optional

Participating IICPA Accounting-accredited faculties are invited, but not required, to apply for their Business College's or School's AASBI's business accreditation. Simply fill-in and submit AASBI's Checklist and Affirmation Form



    Note 1 Robert Half, the human resource consulting firm, advises that "[f]inance leaders often have trouble hiring staff who bring enough technology skills to the job. The use of finance-specific software programs is a given in your role, and accounting automation is becoming increasingly popular at many organizations and accounting firms. (See Accounting Skills You Need to Succeed on the Job)

    "Other examples of in-demand accounting technology skills include the following:

    • Advanced Excel ability
    • ERP experience (e.g., SAP, Oracle)
    • Expertise in big data analysis, advanced modeling techniques and SQL
    • Knowledge of business intelligence software (e.g., IBM Cognos)
    • Microsoft Visual Basic capability
    • Aptitude with Hyperion (for analyst and financial reporting roles)
    • Microsoft Visual Basic skills
    • Knowledge of QuickBooks (for SMEs)

Updated 2020-05-17