CIPFA and ZHAW begin strategic partnership to advance public finance


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the ZHAW School of Management and Law (ZHAW) have today (11 November) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen public financial management across the world. 
The MoU creates a basis for collaboration between the two organisations that will focus on using research and education to strengthen good governance and accountability in governments and public service organisations. CIPFA and ZHAW are already successfully working together on the Global Public Sector Accounting Survey.
The signing ceremony took place today in CIPFA’s head office in London with Andreas Bergman, Director of the Department of Public Sector at SML, and Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of CIPFA, in attendance.
Rob Whiteman, CEO of CIPFA, said:
“Both CIPFA and ZHAW are committed to strong public financial management so it is fantastic news that we will now be working closely together to serve the public interest.
“During these increasingly uncertain times, making the best possible use of public resources is more important than ever. CIPFA and ZHAW will seek to build the confidence and capacity of public sector finance professionals to help the sector respond robustly to any challenges.”
Professor Andreas Bergmann, Director of the Department of Public Sector at the ZHAW, said:
”We’re proud to further strengthen our partnership with CIPFA, the world's leading accountancy body for public services which provides the benchmark of professional qualifications for the sector.”
”I’m convinced that the work of both organisations will benefit greatly from this new strategic partnership.” 
For media enquiries contact the CIPFA press office on 020 7543 5600 or email

Notes to Editors


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is one of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one which specialises in the public services. It is responsible for the education and training of professional accountants and for their regulation through the setting and monitoring of professional standards.
Uniquely among the professional accountancy bodies in the UK, CIPFA has responsibility for setting accounting standards for a significant part of the economy, namely local government. CIPFA’s members work (often at the most senior level) in the public service bodies, in the national audit agencies and major accountancy firms. They are respected throughout for their high technical and ethical standards and professional integrity. CIPFA also provides a range of high quality advisory, information and training and consultancy services to public service organisations. As such, CIPFA is the leading independent commentator on managing and accounting for public money.
About ZHAW

The ZHAW School of Management and Law (ZHAW) is one of Switzerland’s leading business schools. Our internationally acclaimed BSc and MSc programs as well as our range of continuing education programs are scientifically grounded, interdisciplinary, and practically oriented. As part of a university of applied sciences, we are devoted to the applicability of theoretical knowledge. Our research and consulting activities are theoretically sound and have practical value, focusing on immediate, efficient feasibility. 
Our main principle “Building Competence. Crossing Borders.” reflects our commitment to quality degree programs and further education, as well as a global mindset. The ZHAW has formal partnerships with over 150 universities worldwide.