CIMA has today announced the accreditation of
the first CIMA Learning Partner in the Maldives. This is a
landmark achievement for CIMA in the region and a turning point
in their expansion outside of the primary market of Colombo.
The naming of Villa College as a CIMA Learning
Listed College is a significant achievement for the institute
and brings with it opportunities for CIMA to contribute to the
growing skills requirement in the Maldives.
The Maldives is home to a population of 11,000
Cambridge O’ level students, of which 2,000 go on to take London
A’ level examinations. The education available in the Maldives
is however limited to primary and secondary education, thus
students wishing to pursue higher education are required to
travel abroad for further study. Despite this many Maldivian
students currently pursue higher education including
professional qualifications, university degrees and college
diplomas in Sri Lanka and neighbouring countries. In accrediting
Villa College, CIMA will now be directly servicing the demand
for the Chartered Management Accounting qualification among
businesses and students on the islands.
The launch of CIMA in the Maldives will bring a
multitude of benefits to the region as a whole. The partnership
with Villa College is an excellent facilitator for CIMA in Sri
Lanka where the CIMA qualification has been well established for
over 40 years. In Sri Lanka CIMA has provided the catalyst and
foundation for international companies to set up their
outsourced finance operations from the UK and establish world
class finance research activity in the country. CIMA tuition in
the Maldives will further attract students to CIMA Learning
Quality Partners and employers in Sri Lanka thus strengthening
the talent pool available to the Sri Lankan business community.