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RSM Partners with IMA to Deliver the CMA in The Netherlands

July 03, 2012

Marianne Schouten
Media and PR Manager, RSM
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Nina Michels-Kim
IMA Europe
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Leverages the CMA Body of Knowledge in Masters Curriculum


Rotterdam, 3 July 2012 -- Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) announced today a partnership with IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), the association of accountants and financial professionals in business. Under this agreement, RSM becomes the first university in The Netherlands to embed subject matter from IMA’s Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) program into its Masters in Accounting & Control curriculum. Watch this video for a message by Jeff Thomson, CMA, IMA President and CEO, welcoming RSM as an IMA partner.


RSM will serve as an authorized CMA Review Course Provider, and this partnership will enable RSM students undertaking an MScBA in Accounting & Control to also earn IMA’s CMA credential. The CMA is the most widely recognised international qualification for management accountants, and its addition to the degree program will be an excellent boost to students’ career chances.


The agreement, formalised today at a signing ceremony, combines RSM’s ground-breaking business research and leadership development, with IMA’s leadership in education, ethics, and excellence in management accounting.


Beginning in September 2012, RSM will start a CMA Program® track within its MScBA Master in Accounting & Control program. The curriculum will contain at least 90 percent of the CMA’s body of knowledge.


Eric Waarts, dean of pre-experience programs at RSM commented: “We are very pleased to have been selected as a CMA program partner. This recognition by IMA sends an unmistakable message to potential students and employers that our MScBA in Accounting & Control provides an education that is professionally relevant, cutting edge and internationally respected, and offers a wide array of employment possibilities to our students.”


Frank Hartmann, Chair of Department Accounting & Control, said: “I am very happy with the close collaboration between IMA and my department. At RSM, we now offer students from all continents one straight avenue into a successful international career in financial management. Both for local and internal firms and organizations, the IMA label guarantees students’ skills and competences beyond traditional local programs.”


“RSM ranks as one of Europe’s top business schools and we at IMA are thrilled to partner with such a prestigious university,” said Mr. Thomson. “Our partnership will enable management accounting students in The Netherlands to access quality exam preparation to sit for, and successfully pass, the CMA exam. As a result, university students who aspire to worthwhile careers will be able to gain the best education in management accounting.”


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is a top-ranked international business school renowned for its ground-breaking research in sustainable business practice and for the development of leaders in global business. Offering an array of bachelors, masters, doctoral, MBA and executive education programs, RSM is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 business schools in Europe. For more information about RSM, please visit www.rsm.nl.


RSM’s MScBA in Accounting & Control deals with measuring and managing the economic performance of an organization. Two different tracks are offered in this MScBA: CMA and Accountancy. Both tracks of the MScBA in Accounting & Control are designed to equip students with a rigorous basis in financial management. For further details of the program please visit www.rsm.nl/master/accounting-control.


IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) programme, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 65,000 members in 120 countries and 200 local chapter communities. For more information about IMA, please visit www.imanet.org.


The Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential is the advanced professional certification specifically designed to measure the accounting and financial management skills that drive business performance in today’s complex and challenging business environment. Achieving the CMA credential demonstrates the mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support, as well as professional ethics. IMA has granted more than 37,000 CMA certificates to date.

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