On 01 December 2017, AIA President Les Bradley was awarded with an Honorary Professorship during his recent visit to Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance. The AIA president visited the University along with the AIA Regulatory Strategy Manager, David Potts. They were greeted by the Secretary, Vice President and Dean of the university.
The AIA, celebrating its 20th year anniversary of entering China, has developed a strong mutual relationship with the Shanghai Lixin University, working in conjunction to combine excellent financial concepts with China’s advanced educational culture to bring out professional talents with a global vision.
Commenting during the visit, Secretary of Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance Li Shi Ping, said: “Shanghai is currently in a pivotal period of transition froma regional financial centre to a worldwide financial centre. The Chinesenational development and reform commission clearly pointed out that Shanghai has to strengthen the financial Talent Service platform construction, improve financial personnel service policy”.
In 2016, Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce and Shanghai Finance University merged into Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance. Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance was relocated from Song Jiang campus to the new campus of Pu Dong, which in turn has provided improved facilities and a larger campus to train more international professional financial talent.
During the visit AIA were pleased to award Shanghai Lixin University Vice President, Gu Xiao Min with honorary membership to the AIA for services to the accounting and financial education sector.
Upon receiving the honorary membership, Gu Xiao Min said: “Thank you to the AIA for this humbling award. The University has worked closely with AIA for many years. The AIA curriculum system and the training methods are highly recognised by the university. I hope we can maintain this relationship, which will help in the process of cultivating more outstanding professionals in society.”
AIA President Les Bradley also commented: “On a personal note I would like to thank Lixin University for awarding me with an honorary professorship. It is fantastic to see and play an active role in what the AIA have achieved in China over the past 20 years. As an 89-year-old globally recognised accounting certification body, AIA has been working to create an international accounting system that covers a wide range of countries. Changes in Shanghai over recent years have been wonderful to see, with more and more Chinese students passing through the AIA syllabus.”
In a remarkable coincidence both Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting & Finance and AIA will be celebrating their 90th anniversaries next year, as both were founded in 1928. To celebrate this achievement both parties have invited each other to witness the milestone occasion at their respective celebrations.