CIPFA sees rapid expansion in international student numbers


CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is delighted to announce that following a period of rapid global growth the Institute now has over 1,000 international students.

The increase in the number of students studying for the CIPFA International Public Finance Management qualification is a result of CIPFA expanding its global reach in response to increased demand for training in public financial management around the world.

Significant contributions to growth include CIPFA’s new training partnerships with bodies such as the United Nations Development Programme and bilateral training agreements in Bangladesh and Nigeria. This year the Institute launched a new Accredited Training Partner (ATP) scheme licensing experienced training bodies to deliver CIPFA's suite of International Public Financial Management courses. The first of these was successfully launching in Dhaka this April with support from the Office of the Auditor and Comptroller General of Bangladesh.

This expansion of activity has also been driven by CIPFA being the first accountancy body in the world to offer a qualification based on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). These standards, developed by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), are designed to improve government transparency and accountability, allowing for greater comparability between different countries and public sector bodies.

Commenting on the figures Adrian Pulham, CIPFA’s Education and Training Director, said:

“This growth in student numbers demonstrates that CIPFA offers a truly global qualification, relevant to the needs of government and the public services worldwide.

“Our continued international growth is helping make sure that the next generation of public sector leaders and managers across the world have the skills and expertise necessary effectively to lead and manage their country’s public finances.

“CIPFA is committed to continue to provide and support good financial management in the public sector around the world”.


Notes to editors

As of June 2014 CIPFA has 1,137 students based overseas studying for CIPFA qualifications.