The Association of International Accountants was founded over 80 years ago; always an innovative and dynamic organisation, the AIA pushed the boundaries of the accountancy profession and established in 1928, expanded across the world with British trade.
The original global accountancy body; the AIA was the first UK body to pioneer accounting overseas, the first to offer local variant papers to overseas students, and the first to offer exams in Islamic accounting and banking.
In the early twentieth century, the AIA was the only international accountancy body; founded with the aim of providing a professional qualification that would encompass accountants all over the world, from all backgrounds and all countries, both developing and developed. The AIA aimed to offer an organisation that would work on both a national and international scale, which would secure a definite and recognised professional status for accountants.
This novel way of thinking was unheard of within the accountancy profession at that time, and despite initial uneasy acceptance, the AIA has seen other accountancy bodies following in its footsteps over the years.
As globalisation increased throughout the twentieth century, the need for the accountancy profession to operate on global terms became more and more apparent. The AIA, having pioneered the international brand from the beginning, was able to offer an established qualification to accountants who were now starting to realise that the future of their profession would lie in a professional organisation that could operate to global standards on a worldwide basis.
The AIA still maintains our original innovative thinking and dynamic constitution; whilst advocating accountancy on a global scale, we also recognise the importance of national knowledge and we work hard to offer a balance between the two. The AIA’s mission in 1928 remains true today, to create world class accountants.